The more in­ter­est­ing story be­hind Xan­der Ford


Hi Doc. Good morn­ing po. Ito po si Mar­lou Arizala Ex Hasht5 In­ter­net­sen­sa­tion. Ac­tor Star­magic Artist. And ang Con­cern ko po is My Nose Gusto ko sana Mag Pa­gawa ng Nose ko kasi po. Ga­gawa ako ng Video na Pag Babago mg Ako Muka sar­ili. Diba po gal­ing Ako sa Bash so gusto ko ipakita na may pg babago na sa akon and i know na mag Te­trend To sa So­cial Midia ko. Ac­tu­aly lagi namn ako Nag Trend, pero po kung Mag Babayad ako ok lang pero po sana Us­apang kaibi­gan prom­ise ko po pro­mote ku­na­man Yung Icon Clinik sa So­cial midia ac­count ko. Thank you po doc

Hello Mar­lou! Can I see you to­day in the clinic around 3pm?

This was the first text ex­change be­tween Mar­lou and Dr. Eric “Doc Yappy” Yapjuangco in March. It was the sort of in­quiry that Doc Yappy would usu­ally get on a typ­i­cal day at his Icon Clinic. And like all other pa­tients, Doc Yappy’s stan­dard pro­ce­dure was to sched­ule an ap­point­ment at the clinic.

“Sa to­too lang, hindi ko siya ki­lala un­til I met him at the clinic,” re­mem­bers Doc Yappy. “It turned out that Mar­lou had some friends who were my clients, he saw the re­sults, and that was why he pre­sented him­self. Hindi namin ini­isip noon na magig­ing vi­ral ito.

By then, it had been a week af­ter “Xan­der Ford” was first re­vealed on Rated K, on Oc­to­ber 1, Sun­day. So­cial me­dia in­stantly went nuts af­ter that episode with peo­ple’s feeds flooded with be­fore-and-af­ter pho­tos of Mar­lou Arizala, Hasht5 mem­ber, and this stranger that wasn’t quite yet K-pop star but looked like he was pre­par­ing for it, Xan­der Ford.

Dr. Sa­muel Eric C. Yapjuangco, 43, is the CEO and chief plas­tic sur­geon of his own Icon Clinic. He took his med proper at UERMMMC. Af­ter med school, he prac­ticed gen­eral surgery at the Makati Med, then spe­cial­ized in plas­tic surgery un­der Con­sor­tium 1 Makati Med. In 2011, he put up Icon Clinic.

Be­fore Xan­der Ford, you would not have heard of Doc Yappy be­cause he did not have any high pro­file pa­tients like the other more prom­i­nent fig­ures in the busi­ness. “Apart from the fact that I couldn’t af­ford celebrity en­dorsers, I still had to prove my­self in the in­dus­try.”

In fact, Doc Yappy first came to the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion with a tragedy: Last March, 29-year-old Shiryl Saturnino died of com­pli­ca­tions fol­low­ing a li­po­suc­tion pro­ce­dure at Icon Clinic. Doc Yappy was the at­tend­ing sur­geon. The case is still pend­ing in court.

In this FHM ex­clu­sive, Doc Yappy talks about the highs and lows of his line of work. “Typ­i­cal day in the of­fice ang Xan­der Ford pro­ce­dure. We do it ev­ery day, on real peo­ple.” In the end, Doc Yappy is a plas­tic sur­geon, and it’s his job to fix faces.

Tell us about that first meet­ing at the clinic. Con­sul­ta­tion na yun, kasi fi­nally I saw him na al­ready. This was some­time in July na. Dun na ako nag-as­sess sa kanya. I said to him, ‘hindi pwe­deng nose lang, kailan­gan mo rin sa chin, to give bal­ance to your face.’ And then skin care—kasi ang daming acne scars eh, so we had to fix that also, mag­memakaeover tayo, So af­ter we had the usual pre-op di­ag­nos­tics—yung mga CBC, chest X-ray, ECG—HE was cleared, and then we sched­uled him for an op­er­a­tion. Was it a se­ries of surg­eries or just one? It was just one. We did it on a Mon­day morn­ing. Yung skin treat­ment kasi is done in sev­eral ses­sions, which takes weeks to months, so yung skin niya [Xan­der Ford], mag-i-im­prove pa yan down the line. On my part, the nose took me about three hours, the chin about two hours—so the whole op­er­a­tion was about five hours. Can you take us through the whole op­er­a­tion? Ang una nam­ing gi­nawa yung chin. I used a med­i­cal grade sil­i­cone im­plant and I screwed it through the bone para hindi gu­malaw. I use it [screws] for guys, lalo na kay Mar­lou na me­dyo weak ang chin, you need to use a big im­plant—if you don’t screw that gagalaw yan at baka puman­git at main­fect. I had to use ti­ta­nium screws. For the nose, I used a Gore-tex im­plant for the bridge of the nose, and then I took car­ti­lage from the ear for the tip. Then I nar­rowed the nos­trils. For the face, we used frac­tional laser and glu­tathione shots para pumuti siya. When you do these pro­ce­dures, do you start out sketch­ing first, like an artist, so you can see how you want the face to look like af­ter? No, I don’t. I guess it comes with ex­pe­ri­ence. Ha­bang du­madami gi­na­gawa mo parang nasasanay ka na rin. So nung nakita ko siya [Mar­lou] I know na that for him to look good he would need this kind of chin and that kind of nose. But were you able to vi­su­al­ize how Mar­lou’s face would turn out af­ter? Did he give you a peg? Sort of. Wala siyang bini­gay na peg. I just did what I nor­mally do. I was just go­ing with my imag­i­na­tion. I ac­tu­ally based it on the name he said he wanted—xan­der Ford—na he sounded like he was go­ing for a cau­casian look. And he was also men­tion­ing names like Daniel Padilla… so nai-imag­ine ko na he was go­ing for “that” look. Let’s cap­ture that mo­ment: Mar­lou ac­tu­ally came up with the name first— Xan­der Ford—even be­fore he had that face. Is that cor­rect? Yes. Ang plano nila was af­ter ni Mar­lou, si Xan­der Ford biglang lal­abas. What we’re get­ting here is that Xan­der’s face could have turned out dif­fer­ently if you saw him in some other way. It was your call, af­ter all. Yes. Kasi pag tinaasan mo nang kaunti ang ilong mag-iiba ang hit­sura. Pag ibang shape ng im­plant ang ni­la­gay mo sa chin, ga­nun din. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, the nose is the most com­pli­cated pro­ce­dure be­cause there are so many things you need to do and the out­come from one doc­tor to an­other can be very dif­fer­ent. Ang daming fac­tors that can af­fect the re­sults—the bone, car­ti­lage, skin—that it’s up to the doc­tor how he re­con­fig­ures them. The nose can make or break a face, kasi siya ang fo­cal point. Did Xan­der Ford im­me­di­ately like what he saw? Ac­tu­ally, yes. As early as one week pa lang kasi nakikita na niya yung changes. Hindi na­man sa ini­in­sulto ko siya, pero si Mar­lou kasi me­dyo weak talaga ang chin niya, me­dyo pango talaga ang ilong, and mala­pad ang noo niya, so pag in­ayos mo talaga ang hit­sura na, gag­wapo talaga. Nung na­gre­veal mga one month na yun. Strictly speak­ing, best re­sults will be seen in six months to one year. We haven’t reached that yet. Ibig sabi­hin mas “po­pogi” pa siya. Yes, ex­actly. It will look much bet­ter, more nat­u­ral. How much did every­thing cost? The nose is P100,000. The chin, P70,000. The skin treat­ment was about P50,000. So to­tal amount is P220,000. [Mar­lou didn’t pay for it. He was able to strike an ex-deal—ed.] Is this your stan­dard rate? You showed us pic­tures of other clients ear­lier—did you charge the same for them? Yes. I think it’s a fair rate. Hindi na­man siya bagsak-presyo. As we speak, it’s been a week af­ter Xan­der Ford’s re­veal trended on so­cial me­dia. We know how it’s been with him. How is it with you? I’m busy. My phone has been ring­ing non-stop. Peo­ple have been mes­sag­ing me for in­quiries. I’m more than happy with what hap­pened. Are celebri­ties call­ing? No. Mga to­toong tao who re­ally want to get work done on them. What is your take on all the talk that Xan­der Ford is stir­ring up? It’s been a moral de­bate out there. We live in a so­ci­ety where if you look good, more doors open. I think ev­ery­body has a right to feel good about them­selves. Ma­pa­pansin mo, yung mga taong binu-bully, bina-bash, maram­ing in­se­cu­ri­ties ang mga yan [about them­selves]. Some of them even­tu­ally get these surg­eries done be­cause they want to be bet­ter per­sons. To them, it’s life-chang­ing. Life-chang­ing kasi my clients tell me them­selves—sud­denly they feel much bet­ter about them­selves. Of course the philoso­pher-bash­ers would say, “pwede mong baguhin ang mukha, pero yung pagkatao hindi.” Well, hindi ko na linya ang pagkatao, ha ha! Hindi na­man kasi ako psy­chi­a­trist or psy­chol­o­gist, I’m a plas­tic sur­geon. Pero syem­pre I hope that when these peo­ple get the re­sults that they want, along with it comes yung tamang ugali, kasi sud­denly they have this power. Okay, Doc Yappy, as they say, let’s ad­dress the ele­phant in the room. What do you have to say about the death of Shiryl Saturnino? We are very sad with what hap­pened. It was a very un­for­tu­nate event for her fam­ily, and for us as well. The re­sult of the au­topsy said that [the cause of death] was pul­monary fat em­bolism—it’s a rare and cat­a­strophic com­pli­ca­tion of li­po­suc­tion. It hap­pens to very few pa­tients, al­though it hap­pens around the world. When this hap­pens, it is be­yond a doc­tor’s con­trol, kum­baga sup­port ka na lang—it’s just yung mga aneurysm, pag pumu­tok yung ugat, maghi­hin­tay ka na lang kung ano’ng mangya­yari, if the pa­tient sur­vives or not. Dur­ing that time we did every­thing we could to sup­port her. The case is in the fis­cal’s of­fice now and we’re wait­ing for a res­o­lu­tion. Okay. Fair enough. Last: have there been worse cases than Mar­lou? Oo na­man. Pero yung level ni Mar­lou, me­dyo iba talaga.

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