quixoticism wrote:Hi all,
My previous post got deleted for some reason but luckily I saved a copy. This is very important as I notice more people are gg to Dr Chi (including a couple of friends of friends).
This is my negative experience with Dr Chi at his new clinic in Phuket - Phi Beauty Clinic.
It's long-winded but very important for those planning to go to him so please bear with me.
I had a chin aug (custom-carved button shaped implant which was secured onto my chin bone with titanium screws) via intra-oral incision. It later got infected due to his negligence - I will get to that later. I also had BA done. FYI I paid the same prices as he quotes for his Hatyai clinic - 70k for BA, 20k for chin.
First off, chin implant.
PAIN - I can't stress enough how painful the chin implant was and I don't understand why most people don't mention this. Perhaps it's partly due to the fact that I did an intra-oral incision, but the chin itself really hurt like hell for the first few days and I had difficulty talking etc. The pain was actually comparable to the jawline reduction (i.e. bone cutting) surgery that I did last year, just that the swelling is not as dramatic as the latter. Your chin will be aching for days and yes you can go back to work within a week or a few days but due to lip numbness etc, people will know you did something because your lips will be moving weirdly and the simple action of chewing or even drinking water will hurt as the chin muscles are being utilised. It's impossible to chew at a normal pace and the best part is that you won't know whether food/saliva is dripping out of your mouth till it's too late because your lips and chin will be numb. Glamourous indeed.
BTW your smile might change too, something that I never read about ever, until I started googling for this specific thing after I experienced it myself. On hindsight I think this could actually have been Dr Chi's fault as I rmb waking up halfway through the surgery, screaming my head off in pain and idk if it was the meds but he looked quite annoyed so perhaps he finished suturing up the incision badly, because my lip didn't have any issues on the right side, only the left.
During the follow-up about a week later, I told him that my left side was really painful and felt like it had an ulcer but he insisted that everything looked normal. Ok. I believed him cause my stitches for my jaw surgery also had ulcers and ended up with no issue.
Fast forward 3 weeks post-op and that side still hurts like hell. Worse still, the pain was spreading to my lip and there was uneven swelling so I had a wonky chin. Emailed Dr Chi (without intraoral pics) telling him everything about the pain etc and again, he said it's normal but told me to see a doc if I was worried. He sounded impatient and condescending as this was my 3rd complaint email. I then asked him what antibiotic I was given and it took him over 3 days to get back to me. And I know they normally reply emails every day.
Of course I didn't wait 3 days though. When he didn't reply within 24 hours, I went straight to my family doc and he took one glance and said the infection is very obvious. I described the antibiotic's appearance to him (red and yellow capsule) which he said was Amoxicillin, an antibiotic which docs have been instructed to NEVER prescribe alone because many bacteria alr have resistance to that.
Anyway, when Dr Chi finally replied, he said he gave me Ciprofloxacin 500mg, which I discovered, upon googling, is NOT supposed to be taken with dairy products because the absorption will be reduced by up to 36%. Also it's all in white tablet form and not red and yellow capsules. I had specifically asked him whether there was any foods I shld avoid and he said no.... And because of that, I actually consumed milk every time before taking the meds cuz he said I must take after food but my mouth hurt so much I had little appetite for anything.
a) He was negligent and failed to inform me that I'm not supposed to take dairy, or
b) He LIED and actually gave me Amoxicillin.
Either way I feel that it was very irresponsible of him, firstly to give me such lousy antibiotics/instructions and secondly to take so long to reply even aft I told him my GP said there's an infection.
Yes it was stupid and naive of me to not ask him what antibiotics were given to me right after the op but still, I feel that this is largely his fault and he failed to take responsibility.
So now, if my infection doesn't clear, I'll have to pay S$400-500 to have the pus drained locally.
Thank God I went to see a local doc instead of listening to Dr Chi saying it's normal. I am lucky that it's not very obvious from the outside, it's mainly slight external and internal swelling and much pain (which has since improved after my local doc's antibiotics).
It was cheap but I ended up paying even more. Will never go back to him again, even though he seemed very patient and nice during the initial consult and follow up. Overall I think he has a good eye for aesthetics. But sorry hor, nice doesn't make up for negligence ok?
Anyway. I had ok surgeries with Charan but was not 100% satisfied either - his technique is there but I am not satisfied with the way my jawbone looks very obviously cut. My nostrils were not symmetrical aft alarplasty. And my eyelids became uneven. So probably won't go back to Thailand again, maybe Korea next time if I do my eyes.
That's it for now. Really hope this helped some of you, do be wise in making your choices x
I concur. I posted my negative experience with him too way back.
Although he seems pretty ok before surgery, post-op he comes across as irresponsible and don't really bother about his patients.
The anaesthesia he uses is suspicious too - i suspect it's very strong hence i was vomitting a lot after surgery.
He may be cheap but choose wisely.