Mivva hosted an event in conjunction with MCU Beautitudes yesterday (19th of Oct, 2013) to introduce the favourable nature of non-invasive cosmetic procedures.
While I am in no means a fan of plastic surgery or any major cosmetic procedure, I won't deny that I've undergone a couple myself. Nothing major, but laser hair removal (yes, the shame!) and microdermabrasion (once was enough to put me off it though the results were amazing!) are considered cosmetic procedures within this scope as well.
MCU Beautitudes is Mary Chia's sister company, and it is therefore located right beside Mary Chia's outlet in Sunway Pyramid. Due to space constraints, the seminar was held inside Mary Chia's outlet which was rather inviting and warmly laid out.
So, I went in all wide-eyed and bushy tailed but it wasn't long before I was a little traumatised by the idea of such drastic procedures. The focus of the talk was more or less an introduction to nose fillers and double eyelid surgeries (none of which I need thankfully!). Needless to say, I have never been more happy with my features than I currently am and I've acquired a new found internal happiness.
In any event, the talk was incredibly informative, and I can see why these options may be extremely attractive as opposed to the alternative invasive surgeries available out there.
Our first session was with Dr. Nicholas Lim who went into the evolutionary and scientific bases for why beauty is so important to us. I must confess that I found this excessively fascinating because evolution is my pet topic which enjoys being nurtured!
For the record, we don't just love balance and symmetry, we love balance in the right proportion, i.e. in the ratio of 1 : 1.618 (The divine/golden ratio/the Fibonacci sequence). This makes absolute sense because there is abundant scientific evidence to show that our preferences rarely ever run contrary to this ratio. Isn't that absolutely fascinating?
In order to establish a baseline for this preference in the human face, Dr. Stephen Marquadt has created a "mask" through his research:
[The Face of Symmetry]
Feel free to superimpose this on your face in Photoshop to see whether you make the cut, or you need to!
Dr. Nicholas showed us pictures of the mask superimposed over Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Nefertiti, etc. and they all fit like a glove which speaks volumes. He also raised the interesting point that despite cultural and temporal variances in preference, the universal standard of beauty across time remains standardised within this mould.
Further, beauty plays a very important role in your relevance to the world. Sad but true. Anyone who says looks don't matter is either is denial or lying. If you aren't at least presentable, people generally don't want to associate with you. And very interestingly, there's been a book written which quantifies the value of beauty called "Beauty Pays". Definitely something I'm going to have to get hold of. The long and short of it is that when you look better, you get better opportunities in life. We are visual creatures by nature. Our brain can only deal with so much mitigation of disaster beyond us falling over and forgetting to breathe, and not judging people by how they look isn't that important in the grand scheme of things.
Before the break, we were informed that one of the girls working at the clinic had volunteered to get a nose filler on the day in order to demonstrate its effectiveness to us.
[Before Nose Filler Injections]
There were refreshments served too!
[Bloggers Milling About]
Because it's me, there are close-ups of edibles!
Thereafter, we resumed the seminar with Dr. David Low who was to educate us on double-eyelid surgeries.
First off, he did a very good job of traumatising the room with pictures of double-eyelid surgery through the cutting method. I'm putting a toned down version here because I'm a nice person.
Yes, when I say cutting, I mean that they a shape along your eyelid and then cutting that piece off in order to sew the remaining skin together to create a double eyelid. This is the Grimm Brothers' version of someone drawing on your face while you are asleep.
The alternative option, which MCU offers, is far less horrifying. They use the sewing method (of which there are two), whereby they use a very fine thread to sew the lids in such a way that it creates a double eyelid. Essentially, they are folding your lids with thread. This is done through the use of the same form of thread used for heart valve surgery, so it's definitely the right material to go for!
[Dr. David Low]
As I mentioned above, there are two forms of stitching which could be done. The first is just a single line, the second is the double suture and twist (DST) method which is far more effective. Naturally, MCU employs the latter method.
The DST method is far more effective because there is less chance of the thread breaking over the course of time.
There are definitely results with this, and if you employ the sewing method, it's reversible as well should you rethink the procedure in the future. Further, the healing time is immensely shorter. Where you're cutting the skin on your lids off, you require a few weeks of healing, while the sewing method requires merely a few days. It's no wonder it's far more popular. But more importantly, the latter doesn't scar! If you're cutting the lid, you need makeup to cover it up because there will be a scar that remains, whereas sewing it leaves a very thin line of thread in the newly created crease so it isn't even visible.
Of course, there are certain people who have facial features which are not conducive to such surgery and these include those with excessively hooded eyes due to aging, as well as those with asymmetrical eyes.
[DON'T DO IT!]
[Double-Eyelid Surgery + Nose Filler]
And the lovely volunteer revealed the results of the filler on her!
I asked her how she felt and she said she was just numb because they do have an anaesthetic within the filler itself as well. I'm not entirely sure how it would feel once the anaesthetic wears off.
Both doctors then took turns pointing out what else she should have done including botox to slim the cheeks and double-eyelid surgery. It was all very surreal. Somewhat like an episode of Nip/Tuck.
[Change this...and this...and this...]
[The "After" Nose]
[Before and After]
There is definitely a difference. For information purposes, a filler will last up to 8 months and costs around RM2500, which double-eyelid surgery costs around RM4500.
And they sent us home with some goodies too.
[Coolsculpting is their new body shaping technology]
[Brochures on their other best sellers...]
[A Mug with a Vacuum Lid - Very handy for the obsessive amounts of coffee I like to consume!]
And, of course, presents for you guys!
I have 10 vouchers worth RM200 each to give away. If you'd like one just leave a comment down below, or e-mail me at email@example.com
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