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Sunday, Apr 19, 2015
Blogger Hong Qiu Ting, 27, never liked what she saw when she looked in the mirror.
Better known as Qiu Qiu, she says she used to be "flat as an airport runway" and had a very angular face with a square jawline, high cheekbones and a wide nose that made her look like "a man in drag".
When she turned 22, she posted on her blog: "Anyone wanna sponsor a boob job? A pair of boobs." She eventually got her wish and underwent a breast-filling treatment by a doctor for free.
Still dissatisfied, at the age of 24, she flew to Hatyai, Thailand, for alarplasty surgery, an operation where the surgeon narrows too-wide nostrils, removes soft tissue and then sutures together the open area.
"I asked around in Singapore and the procedure costs between $2,500 and $3,500. I paid only $170 in Hatyai," she says.
Still not happy with her "manly" facial features, Qiu Qiu, who is 1.73m tall, flew to Korea the year after for further nose surgery and fat grafting, "where they took fat from my thighs and beneath my buttocks to fill up my face", she says.
"I was thin, and looking gaunt and tired. With the fats, I look much younger."
Happy with the work of her Korean surgeon, Qiu Qiu returned last year to get more work done on her jawline, zygoma (bony arch of the cheeks) and laugh lines.
And how much did she spend? $170. "The rest was sponsored," she says.
Psychiatrist Adrian Wang says: "Attractiveness doesn't just come from physical beauty. Self-confidence, intelligence and personality are important too.
"Also, sometimes women may dwell on certain perceived unattractive features, which really aren't that bad, and using plastic surgery as a quick fix won't solve anything because she might find something else to feel insecure about."
Qiu Qiu, who recently had a baby girl, feels she is confident and happy with the changes to her looks. She says she will not be going for more boob jobs or liposuction to correct her postnatal shape.
Obstetrician and gynaecologist Christopher Chong says: "Most patients are more affected by loose skin from overstretching during pregnancy... Loose skin is treated by tummy tucks or abdominoplasty, if the patient requests for surgical management."
Qiu Qiu says the only surgical management she is looking at in the future is an eyelid procedure, "but only when my eyelids start to sag with age".
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