My name is Niharika Jain, I’m 18 years old, living in Singapore. I am currently a student pursuing Diploma in Business Administration (Tourism and Hotel Hospitality Management).
This blog is something that was started because we all live in a time and society where getting any type of ‘cosmetic’ surgery to correct a specific part of your face/body has gotten a bad name to it. Unfortunately, there have been many cases in public’s eye where people have gone overboard with surgery and other cosmetic procedures- and quite frankly yes, those are the people who have made us all afraid, right? Because of that, there are also plenty of people out there in despair who fear to give plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures a try. Look guys, In spite of bad media- there ARE good doctors out there that are changing people’s life and repairing individual’s self-esteem.
To begin with in a proper way- I was born with a facial deformity known as the “Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate“. Since I was a baby, I’ve had all the usual operations such as the lip repair, nose job (rhinoplasty), palate repair and bone grafting. I was really insecure with the way I looked and how my lips and nose were mended. People would ask me several questions and that was when I started feeling pretty self-conscious and decided to start blogging about this birth condition, my journey so far, how I have grown up living with this birth defect and stuff like that.
I noticed that not many people know about this birth deformity. All in all, I want people to be aware of the psychological implications of a cleft lip, and what help and support is out there for anyone who is having a rough time experiencing not just cleft lip condition but ANY other birth deformity. I am proud to say that I was born with a cleft lip and palate and I don’t look at it as a negative thing because with this, I have learned many life lessons. I have learnt how to be positive at all times and never let small things affect me in any way.
This is one of the main reasons why I started the idea of this blog. I wanted to share my story and experiences and give courage to those people who want to pursue surgical procedures that they have been afraid of. Plastic surgery doesn’t always end in traumatic experiences, and definitely doesn’t make you look ‘fake‘ (as long as you chose the right doctor and don’t go for unrealistic results). I feel that most people view plastic surgery as some dark, terrible thing in today’s world- people that have had such things done are either looked down on or labeled.
My point is two fold: Negative opinions are just baseless opinions, and plastic surgery CAN be natural looking. Whether someone wants to embrace plastic surgery or not, doesn’t particularly matter to me, but I just want to share the positive side of plastic surgery to inspire, renew and ease some anxiety.
In this blog, I decided to document my experience before, during and after, in the hope to help and inform anyone else having gone through, thinking about going through, or at the moment going through the same process! Best of luck! For the others, my blog posts may be “useless” but if you could take out some time of yours to read it up, thank you so much!
For those of you who are currently going through the same process OR are likely to be going in the future, I’ve also created a separate page for “Questions & Answers“. You may have a look at it here. It will surely help you out in someway.