Last fact-checked: 2 February 2020
If you’re visiting South Korea and looking for a quick way to rejuvenate your face (much like many of the locals do), then undergoing Botox in Seoul could fit the bill.
South Koreans are somewhat obsessed with looking their best, and this often involves undergoing minor and major beauty treatments. As a result, there are now thousands of well-established cosmetic clinics in cities like Seoul—and we have partnered with some of the very best.
As a quick-fix treatment, Botox is one of the most popular and well-known—helping you get rid of up to 80% of wrinkles and imperfections almost instantaneously. Treatments are temporary, lasting for around three months, but can easily be topped-up to provide you with a longer-lasting result.
The treatment entails a series of small injections administered directly into the skin. The serum contains the botulinum toxin, which essentially paralyzes facial muscles. For wrinkles caused by expressions (such as frowning), this freezing of the underlying muscle prevents them from contracting, thus halting expression lines.
Seoul is the capital of South Korea and perhaps also the plastic surgery capital of the world. There are more beauty clinics here per head than anywhere else. Even when you land at the airport, you can’t fail to miss the billboard after billboard advertising plastic surgery clinics. Plastic surgery is to Seoul as gambling is to Las Vegas—and it has the highest number of plastic surgery procedures per capita than anywhere else in the world.
The proliferation of clinics should mean that you will be in safe and experienced hands. Although Botox is not a surgical treatment, you should always choose someone who is experienced in administering it. In the wrong hands you may get an unwanted result, so err on the side of caution and make sure you choose someone who knows what they’re doing.
Booking through Medical Departures will give you that peace of mind. We carry out a number of stringent background checks on all of our partner clinics, publishing qualifications, professional memberships and real patient reviews. We also conduct onsite visits, list clinic photos and post virtual tours so you can look before you book through our site.
Before treatment begins, you and your chosen practitioner will decide on what areas you want to be treated. Once decided, a local anesthetic is applied and your skin cleansed with an antiseptic.
Using a fine-needle syringe, the Botox is injected into predetermined sites on each treatment area. The whole process should only take a few minutes.
After treatment, you are likely to experience some localized redness on the skin, and there may be some slight bruising and/or swelling. These side-effects should all subside after a day or two. You may experience tingling or numbness for a little while once the anesthetic has worn off.
Almost straight away, although you will obviously look your best once any swelling and/or redness has subsided. The results should last for between three and six months, but if you top up the treatment regularly, the cumulative effects can last for more than a year.
The cost of Botox in Seoul is around 50% less than in Australia or New Zealand.
To see exact prices, take a look through these top three clinics in Seoul for Botox:
Find out by looking through our full list of verified clinics in Seoul offering this age-defying treatment to international patients.
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