More patients dislike 'new' look
While Singaporeans are heading to South Korea to go under the knife, others are seeking help from local surgeons.
Why? They regret altering too many parts of their faces.
Dr Chua Jun Jin of JJ Chua Rejuvenative Cosmetic and Laser Surgery said he is seeing more patients who dislike their "operated-on" look.
Explaining his patients' regrets, he said: "Singaporeans tend to be conservative. They like subtle results and want people to say they look natural.
"In Korea, they want to look completely different so they can 'wow' their friends."
He advises his patients to "just do what you want".
"I don't want patients to go from an A to B, but rather, an A to an A+," he added.
Similarly, Dr Andrew Khoo, a plastic surgeon at Aesthetic & Reconstructive Centre, tries to talk patients out of changing their faces entirely.
"We try to manage their expectations as there are limitations to what surgical procedures can do. It also depends on what they look like to start with," he explained.
Dr Khoo advises patients to "take one step at a time" if they ask for two facial features close to each other to be fixed in the same surgery.
For instance, the adjustment of the nose will affect how the cheek looks, he said.
Another concern is the healing process when too many procedures are done in the same area.
"When you heal, you need blood supply. So the other concern is whether the blood supply will be compromised when two things are done too close together," Dr Khoo said.
Dr Chua added that infections and bleeding are also possible complications.
While the recovery time depends on the size of the area operated on, Dr Khoo estimates a three to six month gap between surgery.
"The assumption is that when the wounds have healed, some blood supply, which you need for the wound to heal, would have already been established," he said.
Does going for numerous cosmetic procedures indicate the person is addicted to them or has low self-esteem?
Psychologist Daniel Koh of Insights Mind Centre does not think so.
In the case of blogger-model Qiu Qiu, it could simply be pressure to look a certain way for her job, he said.
"A person who is addicted to plastic surgery would be going for cosmetic procedures many times, with no valid reason, despite looking perfect," Mr Koh added.
Psychiatrist Adrian Wang, who practises at Gleneagles Medical Centre, said: "People go for plastic surgery for various reasons. It could be due to insecurity or to fix abnormalities in their bodies.
"But there is no magic number to show that someone is addicted to plastic surgery."
"We try to manage their expectations as there are limitations to what surgical procedures can do."
- Dr Andrew Khoo, a plastic surgeon at Aesthetic & Reconstructive Centre