Eye Bag Removal in South Korea

The Ultimate Guide to Eye Bag Removal in South Korea

Last fact-checked: 4 November 2019

With eye bag removals in South Korea, you are assured of receiving some of the finest quality of care in the world; this East Asian nation sees more cosmetic surgery per capita than anywhere else in the world, and eyelid surgery is one the most popular procedures. Booking with Medical Departures also guarantees that you pay the best prices at a quality-checked clinic. 

Eye bag removal can be performed on the upper, lower or both eyelids. Some people are genetically predisposed to the condition, but for many of us, it is another unwelcome sign of old age – and one that’s easily remedied with surgery.

Why Undergo Eye Bag Removal in South Korea?

South Korea attracts medical tourists from Japan and China, especially for eyelid surgery, which is the most popular for Asians. However, there are a fair number of American medical tourists too – attracted by the expertise available and the low prices. It is also a fascinating holiday destination with all the cultural highlights that Western tourists love about Asia.

The lower price is usually the number one reason that foreign patients head to South Korea for their surgery – they are very competitive, and marginally more affordable than common medical tourism destinations in Asia.

South Korea may not be the most popular medical tourism destination yet, but the government is hoping to change that. They are investing in the infrastructure and marketing the country to international clients. New hospitals, clinics and other facilities are being built that are equipped with the latest technologies. Technology is something that South Korea is not exactly lagging behind in, well ahead of the game in comparison to many Western nations.

Medical expertise is also superb here, and South Korean surgeons have become world-famous for delivering quality results thanks to their years of training and hands-on experience in the industry. 

It’s always worthwhile spending a little time doing your own research. While we can say that South Korea generally offers high standards to international patients, it’s always important to verify credentials. Medical Departures have a number of processes to confirm quality, from onsite visits, to authenticating doctor qualifications and professional memberships to collating real patient reviews. Only if we’re happy with all these areas do we list on our site – so booking through us always gives you assurances that other sites just don’t provide.

How Long Does Eye Bag Removal Take and What Does it Actually Entail?

The procedure for eye bag removal takes between one and three hours, depending on whether you have upper, lower or both eyelids worked on.

Light sedation or a local anesthetic is usually all that’s required rather than general anesthesia.

Incisions are made to be virtually invisible. For lower eye bag removal, the incision is made inside the lower lid, leaving no visible scar. For upper lid surgery, the incision is made in one of the eyelid’s natural creases, so it is hardly noticeable.

Excess fat and skin are removed through the incision and the remaining tissue pulled taught and stitched in place.

What Is the Recovery Time After Eye Bag Removal?

The eye area may be bruised and swollen for a few days following the procedure. You will need to take things very easily, avoiding lifting, bending and anything likely to raise blood pressure for several weeks. Most people are ready to return to work after a week, although there may still be swelling and bruising present.

If you want to make the most of your trip and see some of the stunning natural and cultural attractions South Korea has to offer, do get your sightseeing out of the way before you go in for surgery (rather than after when you will be recovering). 

How Much Can I Save in Eye Bag Removal in South Korea Compared to Australia or New Zealand?

In South Korea eye bag removal is around 50% of the cost it is in Australia. 

Please note this figure is approximate at the time of writing. For exact prices, as well as clinic photos, surgeon profiles and a wealth of other useful information, get started now by checking out three leading clinics in South Korea for eye bag surgery:

[All clinics listed above are based in the South Korean capital of Seoul.]

How Do I Book?

Find out more and see what our surgeons and clinics have to offer.

Ready to book? See below for ways to book, or contact Customer Care for more information about eye bag removal in South Korea.


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