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  1. In 2014, after a lot of research, I decided to have zygoma reduction surgery in Korea, which is a very popular procedure for people with a wide face. I consulted a few clinics and ended up with a surgeon who seemed extremely knowledgeable and was able to communicate in English. He assured me that there was not going to be sagging after the procedure and convinced me that fixation through plates and screws was going to be unnecessary because he had been doing this surgery for decades and never ever had a complication. He was adamant against using screws and plates. I stupidly booked the flight to Korea and, to make a very long story short, the day of the surgery was the scariest experience of my whole life. I have had other procedures in the US and have never been so scared. The operating room was dirty and the minute I was passing out and being unable to breath I literally thought I was never going to wake up anymore. Super scary. The anesthesiologist was the secretary and driver. This person did all things for the doctor. Never had such a scary experience before. Anyway, I woke up and I was very, very bruised and swollen. Much more bruised than what I was expecting. The swelling and bruising lasted for months. Even 3 months post op, once I flew back to the US, there was still residual bruising and the facial contours looked irregular, the face started sagging, and my eyes looked droopy. One eye doctor told me that I was having ptosis and scleral show as a result of the facial sagging that was pulling down the lower eyelids. I could also see dents in my facial contours. The surgeon in Korea, with whom I had been e-mailing, prohibited me from having a CAT scan and told me to keep quiet and be positive. He was using scare tactics saying that CAT scans are unnecessary and cause cancer. Day by day, my situation was becoming worse so, finally, I got a referral for a CAT scan from a doctor here in the US and had the cat scan done. What we saw was shocking. I have several gaps in the bones and the bone fragments are very wide apart and are reabsorbing. I have what is called non-union of the fracture. All of this because the surgeon lied to me and was incompetent. When I e-mailed him the CAT scan images, he was still denying and saying that people don't understand zygoma as well as he does and that I will be fine. Then, he tried to put the blame on me saying that he never had a case like this before (lie) and that I must have done something wrong. I am attaching the cat scan images that speak volumes. You can see the gaps and they are getting worse and worse. What I was not informed beforehand, though, is that EVEN if they use plates and screws to close the fractures, the facial sagging still remain because of how they detach the periosteoum. This surgery aged me over 10 years and I am not exaggerating. My facial contours are irregular and unnatural, I no longer have the anatomical shapes of a normal face, I have sagging, ptosis, scleral show, I hear cracking sounds whenever I chew, I look older and deformed... I will need extensive surgery to correct this with a coronal incision (ear to ear), plates and screws, bone grafts. I have been living a nightmare ever since. What I have learned is that a lot of South East Asians surgeons will not tell you the whole story and will use deceiving pictures which NEVER represent reality. When I was in Korea, I saw with my own eyes that they have professional equipment to take pictures from certain lights, certain angles and in most cases they also heavily photoshop.
  2. Hi all For the last few years I have felt incredibly self-conscious about the structure and harmony (or lack thereof) of my face. I'm 17. I have always felt that my nose is too big for the rest of my face, and everyone I know has told me again and again that I don't have a big nose. I even went on another plastic surgery forum and the surgeons told me I didn't have a large enough nose to qualify for a rhinoplasty. So, I assume the problem could be the ratio between my nose and chin. Looking at these photos, would I be a good candidate for a chin augmentation (implants) procedure? OR - is my nose actually the problem? Should I get a rhinoplasty instead? In in my opinion the structure of my profile is really off balance and I would like to do something about it. Please let me know what you think! Would this surgery improve my facial features?
  3. Hi All! My name is Mindy Hung, and I'm from Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. I'm currently conducting a doctoral research on cosmetic surgery looking at how it changes the way you perceive and feel about yourself, and how it changes your life!! This research has the potential to further our contemporary understanding in cosmetic surgery and how it may benefit people, if not otherwise! Your participation in the research will be highly appreciated! All you have to do is to complete 4 sets of anonymous online surveys within a 7-month period!! If you: 1. Are 18 years of age or older 2. Have a cosmetic surgery scheduled in May, June, or July 2015 3. The surgery has nothing to do with physiological or medical reasons (e.g. back pain, or functional problems), and it is purely for appearance enhancement 4. The surgery requires either general or local anaesthesia 5. The surgery will lead to permanent physical change (so no botox and etc) Please contact me via email mindy.m.hung@gmail.com and get involved!! You will not need to give me any information that may personally identify you, simply use a nickname for yourself in the email will do, for the purpose of anonymity! I will also be sending you more information about the research Please help us further understand the effects of cosmetic surgery! I would be extremely grateful for your support and participation! Best regards, Mindy
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