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Latest cosmetic surgery fad to hit Singapore: "Cute" under-eye fat

SINGAPORE - Many people would do all they can to get rid of their eyebags.
The Straits Times - September 12, 2013
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Latest cosmetic surgery fad to hit Singapore: "Cute" under-eye fat

But some young Singaporeans are resorting to aesthetic procedures to make their undereye area more prominent because they think it makes them appear more youthful and friendly.

The trend, called "aegyo sal" (say a-gio-sal) in Korean, translates loosely as "cute skin". It started in South Korea a few years ago and recently caught on here.

To make the areas under their lower eyelids "pop out", people usually undergo a filler injection - a 30-minute procedure which costs about $1,000. The effect can also be created through make-up and tightening the lower eyelid muscle via surgery.

A full-time blogger who goes by the screen name Yutaki James paid $1,000 for a filler injection to his lower eyelids last month. The 25-year-old, who blogs on current lifestyle trends, declines to give his real name.

He saw advertisements on the procedure when he visited South Korea last year.

"When I knew it was available here, I decided to get it done because I wanted to keep up with trends. I also wanted to make my eyes look bigger."

During the procedure, he also had fillers to make his laugh lines and dark circles under his eyes less obvious.

He says he felt no pain but there was some swelling under his eyes on the first two days. This gradually disappeared after the first week.

"I am happy with the effect. My friends say I look younger and more awake."

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