With having over 16 billion dollars spent on cosmetic and plastic surgery in 2016 in America alone, it’s safe to say that nipping and tucking is a trend that has been fiercely on the rise, including more and more younger people in the demographic, joining their older and ageing counterparts.
We see the results of cosmetic and plastic surgery almost everywhere we look. On TV, the internet, our Instagram feeds, billboards, or even on the pointier nose of your next door neighbour. When done right, we have to admit that it absolutely enhances outer beauty. People will be quick to get their glamour shots and selfies posted all over the internet, but do they ever show or tell you what happens behind the scenes?
People often forget that these glow-ups include blood, knives, needless, stitches, pain, a whole lot of medication, and an incredibly boring healing time. So, count on me tell you the damn truth about what really goes down in and out of the surgery room.
Buccal Fat Removal
Buccal fat removal is a minimally invasive and very common cosmetic procedure to slim the face and cheeks, by removing the buccal fat pad from your cheek from inside the mouth (which means no scars!), giving you a subtle and natural looking contour. Is it Kat Von D? Is it Anastasia? Fenty? Nah, girl. It’s my doctor.
Prior to my surgery, my surgeon advised me to stop drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes ASAP. To be quite honest, it wasn’t really the easiest thing to do and it was probably what I disliked the most about the whole process. But come on, I can’t complain (that’s a figure of speech, I complained a lot)! I was also asked to take a couple of blood tests, which wasn’t much of a hassle at all. I went to a diagnostic centre and the blood tests cost me no more than PHP 1,500.
As I was counting down the days to my surgery, I felt no signs of nervousness at all. I guess they were trumped by the fact that I was extremely excited. The nerves did kick in the moment I entered the clinic, because it finally felt real, like, holy crap, it’s actually happening.
The procedure is so minor that it can only take anywhere from 15-30 minutes tops. I was given local anaesthesia, which was literally the one and only thing that hurt throughout the whole thing, the rest was just discomfort. I still have braces on my lower teeth, so I’m pretty much used to a doctor putting metal things in my mouth. Although there was no pain whatsoever, I did feel a very, very strange tugging sensation from outside of my cheek, near the ear area. It was nothing overbearing, though. And in a snap, it was done! #shookt
This was the first ever photo I took after my surgery to send to my girl friend’s group chat! Ya’ll count as mah friends, so Im also sharing it with you! 😉
They put a bandage around my cheeks to put pressure on them and I had to keep it on for three days. Eating was nearly impossible AND I SWEAR, I WENT CRAZY!!! My diet for the three days consisted of a whole lot of ice cream (as my surgeon advised), and blended vegetables… Well, whatever, I wanted this shit. My dad took me to Dairy Queen right after the surgery and I ended up laughing at my own misery because I was so swollen and taped shut that the spoon didn’t even fit my mouth! #SaveMe
My prescribed medicine only lasted for a week, which were antibiotics, pain killers, something to stop bleeding, and antibacterial mouthwash. I couldn’t have anything hot, like soup or tea. And the only thing that my surgeon really warned me about is other patients eating way too much food after the surgery because of the thought that they already have a permanently thinner face (yes, the buccal fat pad does not grow back!), but of course, I failed. I got cheese fries and halo-halo a few hours before my bandage was supposed to come off. And even if it was a little bit uncomfortable to eat, I literally had cheese pizza everyday for a whole week and shoved a whole lot of chocolate down my throat. Everybody makes mistakes.
Oh, and no alcohol for a month.
Checkup’s and Follow Up Procedures
I had to return to visit my doctor after exactly one week. It only took 5 seconds for him to flash a light in my mouth to see how the incisions healed.
No stitches had to be removed due to the fact that they were dissolvable! Yay!
Medication hassle: 3/10
Healing hassle: 7/10 (I simply cannot deal without proper food or my complete skin care routine)
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Patients have different reasons why they decide to undergo blepharoplasty. Some get it to turn their monolid into a double eyelid, some get it to lift and reduce excess skin due to ageing, and some, just like myself, just was better freakin’ eyelids that are #poppin!
Basically the same shit, no cigarettes and no alcohol.
To be honest, these surgeries did me really well! I have cut down significantly on cigarettes since I learned that I was better off without them as I was healing. Whoot whoot!
I must say, I was extremely nervous for this one. I was holding on to my lucky stone really tightly throughout the whole thing.
My surgeon started off with placing marks on my upper and lower lids using a pen and something for measuring. I was so nervous that I was already freaking out! Then, he injected the local anaesthesia thrice on each lid. It stung a lot! But just like the buccal fat removal, it was the only painful part. I also felt the strange tugging sensation around my eye, which I’m guessing is from the removal of fat as well. The surgery only took around an hour.
I had exactly the same prescription, except the pain killers (and the mouthwash, of course). YUP, NO PAIN AND NO PAIN KILLERS!!! My doctor advised me to take a paracetamol just in case of any discomfort, but I didn’t have any problems at all. I had to and still am taking multivitamins twice a day for a total of 60 days. I was also advised to use a warm compress as often as I could.
I was allowed to wash my face without getting it too soaked the next day and continue on with my skin care routine, just avoiding the eye area.
Bruising and swelling will be gone in around 2 weeks.
Checkups and Follow Up Procedures
After five days, I once and for the last time visited my surgeon to get the tape and outer stitches of my eyes removed. The nerves kicked in again and even shouted “WAIT, WAIT, WAIT!” before one of the nurses had the chance to touch me… but it turns out, it didn’t feel like anything.
Medication Hassle: 3/10
Healing hassle: 2/10 (I really didn’t mind people seeing my eyes under construction, but that’s just me)
PHOTOS: The Bad (Week’s 1 – 4)
This is as worst as it gets, it really isn’t bad at all and it’s all uphill from here. And you can even see my cheeks shrink and shrink after every week! Hello, cheekbones!
Overall, I am loving the results, soooo much! I was amazed how these minimally invasive and minor procedures that barely even hurt at all enhanced my natural beauty to a very good extent. My surgeon guided me and made sure I had a worry free and comfortable experience the whole entire time. He was just a message away every time I had questions in mind.
If you even plan on having any cosmetic procedures, it really pays to work with a surgeon whom you can communicate with properly and of course, one that you can trust. Do a lot of research before you decide to get something done and don’t be afraid to ask people who have undergone the same thing!
And lastly, your body is your body. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look like a better version of yourself (or for some people, somebody else.. but that’s none our goddamn business!).
If you have any questions, please feel free to hit me up by leaving a comment, visiting my contact page, or reaching me through any of my social media! I’d be happy to answer any of your questions. 😘
About The Doctor
Dr Roderick Julius M. Azores:
–Consultant: Paco Doctors Polyclinic & Aesthetics, Paco, Manila
–Owner/Consultant: Azores Medical Clinic, Skin & Varicose Vein Treatment Center, Dagupan City
–Associate Consultant: Jancen Cosmetic Surgery of Asia
–Training Officer: Jancen Cosmetic Surgery Institute
-Philippine Academy of Aesthetic Surgery
-International College of Surgeons
-Philippine Academy of Medical Specialist
-International Academy of Medical Specialist