I’d received sponsorship offers for a facelift from plastic surgery clinics in Seoul before.

I’m not too sure whether I should feel flattered that there are top clinics overseas who know of my existence and wish to work with me, or feel offended that they have a problem with how I look.

Anyway, saying “yes” to the deal was tempting and easy. In fact, I was IN Seoul for a holiday at one point of time and could easily pop by for a small nip and tuck. But as much as I strive to look better, I don’t think I’m ready to make the drastic alterations to my looks any time soon. So after much consideration and hating myself, I chose to reject the offers.

Despite the rejections, I never stopped searching up on alternative options to enhance my features. Botox and fillers were definitely on my list of Beauty Must Trys, and I got myself lucky to have been introduced to Dr Benjamin Yim.

Affectionately known as Dr Ben, I only paid a visit to his clinic because friends under his care before me had nothing but compliments for him. I was told that his patients even include A-lister celebrities! And indeed – during our 1-to-1 consultation, he never once pushed a service to my face. Instead, he asked and listened intently to my concerns before recommending the appropriate services revolving around them, laying around a few of his opinions opened for my consideration.

I didn't mention anything about my acne, but Dr Ben brought up that it was instead his main concern the moment he saw me, scribbling it as top priority on his medical sheet. He holds on to the belief that looking beautiful starts with having clear skin.

Dr Ben wanted me to be on Isotretinoin oral medication, commonly known as Accutane, for 1-month and see how it goes. Isotretinoin is known to be effective in oil control, which is one of the reasons why it is so useful in acne clearance. You’ll need a doctor’s recommendation and have your blood drawn in order to obtain the pills though.

I was previously under this medication by another clinic, but stopped for a long while. Snowballed with late nights, that was how my acne came back again. :(

Dr Ben also had his medical assistants prepare a PCA Skin Peel for me. The peel is supposed to remove the thin surface layers of aged and damaged skin. These layers of dead skin cells will then exfoliate and be replaced by healthier ones, allowing the skin's own clarity and tightness to resurface.

I remember one of Dr Ben's assistants had to hold a fan up and blow it directly to my face while he did the peel on me. Even with the cool wind, I could feel a mild burning sensation that lasted for around 5 minutes. I was told that make-up is not recommended for the first week after treatment, or until the skin has completely healed.

After resting for a bit, we moved on to the main highlight (for me) - Botox.

If you don’t know what Botox is, then you must not be living in modern times.

Extracted detailed explanation from Dr Ben’s website:
Botox is a purified protein derived from bacteria strain, Clostridium Botulinum. It's main aesthetic use in in relaxing facial and neck muscles to reduce expression and tired lines around the eyes and the forehead. It also can lift the droopy eyebrows and upper eyelids to give a fresher and more youthful look.

In Korea, facial contouring with botox is a popular treatment. Botox is used to create a feminine oval shape of the face by reducing the size of the muscle at the jawline. It can also be used to reduce the size of bulky calf muscles.

Botox has been in clinical use for over 30 years. It was first used, and continues to be used, in muscle disorders like eyelid spasm, torticollis, or neck stiffness; and stroke victims who have muscle spasms or tightness and even in cases of migraine.

This protein is rapidly taken up by nerve endings where it blocks the release of a certain chemical responsible for stimulating muscles. In short, it is a muscle relaxant.

BOTOX is registered for the treatment of frown lines and crow's feet and approved by the US FDA since the mid 1990's.

Botox is administered through multiple tiny injections and treatment takes about 5 minutes to complete.

The clinical effect of Botox is seen 48 hours after injection. The maximum effect is seen after about 10 days. The effect is not permanent and usually last 5-6 months.

Complications with botox is uncommon. Drooping of the upper eyelid is an uncommon recognized complication of botox injection to the frownlines. It recovers uneventfully in 3-6 weeks and an eyedrop is usually prescribed to relieve it.
Requesting for a smaller and sharper face, Dr Ben gave a detailed explanation of what is to be expected. He showed me how he extracted Botox into his needle before injecting it into the sides of my jaw area. This will soften the muscles and decrease the size. He did the same to my gums to reduce my Gummy Smile, something I’d always been conscious about.

I won't lie, it was mildly painful and every second felt like foreverrr... But the discomfort was bearable and I got through it by gritting my teeth!

The results weren’t immediately apparent, but I loved the little differences when it started showing after 2 days!

Changes weren’t extreme, but the minor improvements to my appearance did give me a boost of confidence. I didn't like smiling in pictures previously, but now with the reduced Gummy Smile, I do notice that I've been flashing my pearly whites more often. But not all good things last – the effects of Botox are unfortunately not permanent. It can last anything from 3-6 months, and thus you are recommended to repeat the treatment if you want to keep the muscles less prominent.

It’s like plastic surgery, but the change is reversible. Now I understand why it’s gaining momentum rapidly – popular not only amongst celebrities, but normal people as well.

And in case you were wondering, Botox treatment ranges from $400 and above, depending on individual’s requirement and area of enhancement.

Dr Benjamin Yim Aesthetics & Laser Centre
583 Orchard Road
Forum, #06-04
Singapore 238884
Tel: 6737 9181
It's 1 day shy of 2 months since my last update on this space.

People started raising concerns when I didn't refresh my Instagram accounts for 6 weeks, even switching it to private at some point.

"What have you been up to? Are you not blogging anymore?"

No. No, I'm still here.

It's just that... I am not a full-time blogger, and I have real commitments to deal with offline.

I'd started an internship at a big name company. I'm handling the social media aspect, and although I am only a mere intern, the projects I'm overseeing are merely a seed. My role is to make it sprout and grow. Not many young ones can relate, but the gruelling mind games in the working world, while slogging to make magic happen with unrealistic expectations, left me mentally exhausted and somewhat depressed. With that little bit of energy sucked out of me left, doing nothing but resting never felt this good before.

I've also made a life-changing decision for myself, which I'm currently preparing for. I will make the big announcement once everything is in place, but no, it does not involve me quitting social media. I have to admit though - I'm stressed out with the unnecessary competition in the blogosphere and the painting of a seemingly perfect life online. I want to do this blogging thing for myself again.

So yeah, I won't be gone anytime soon.

Thank you Acronis Singapore for the personalized jingle ball

So to readers of IISJONG all over the world who are still around, thank you for sticking by and supporting this humble site of mine.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

Now, go out there and share some love~ :-*