Last fact-checked: 24 January 2020
Are your facial features starting to sag, making you look older (and perhaps grumpier) than you really are? An eyebrow lift in South Korea—one of the best up-and-coming medical tourist destinations—can take years off your appearance in takes only a couple of hours.
Discover some of the country’s world-class facilities with Medical Departures and pay around 50% less than you would for this same procedure in Australia.
South Korea might not be the first name that comes to mind when thinking about a holiday, or in terms of a medical tourist destination—but this fast is changing, and for good reason.
In actual fact, South Korea has the highest number of plastic surgery procedures per capita than anywhere else in the world. An incredibly technologically advanced country, they have more CT scanners than Germany and more MRI scanners than the UK. Couple this with surgeons who study for longer than those in the US, and you have a prime destination in which to have cosmetic surgery—particularly if you prioritize overall quality over maximizing your savings.
What this tells you is that it is no backward, Third World country—far from it—and you can expect to find modern facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and medical expertise in exactly the same way you would at home.
As a destination for traditional tourism, if you love Asia, then South Korea will not be a disappointment. The country boasts contemporary cities, spectacularly diverse landscapes and a charming combination of traditional culture mixed with 21st-century living.
While it is only just now beginning to pop up on the radar for medical tourism, it won’t be long before the world realizes that South Korea has a lot to offer both medical tourists and everyday holidaymakers.
The surgery for eyebrow lifts usually takes a couple of hours. Your surgeon may use one of the following techniques for your eyebrow lift:
A long incision is made in the hairline, or in one of the creases in the forehead. Excess fat is removed from below the skin, which is then pulled taut. The excess skin is trimmed and the what’s still left is neatly stitched back up.
This uses the ‘keyhole surgery’ approach where an endoscope (a long, thin tube) is guided through small incisions made in the scalp. The tube, fitted with a light and camera, beams images from under your skin to a monitor in front of the surgeon. Guiding the endoscope, excess fat can be removed and the loose skin tightened via incisions in the scalp, which of course will be hidden once the hair grows back.
This involves a combination of both the Open Brow Lift and Endoscopic Brow Lift—and is typically used for crow’s feet.
You will experience some discomfort after surgery for a few days, and there may be swelling and bruising. Many people go back to work once the stitches are removed, which is usually a week later.
Taking things easy is advisable for several weeks, i.e. no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise.
In South Korea, eyebrow lifts are around 50% of the cost compared to Australia.
To see updated prices for this procedure, browse our list of quality-checked clinics and surgeons or take a look at three of the top spots in South Korea for eyebrow lifts below:
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Brow Lift Guide. American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Website accessed: 24 January 2020.
Brow Lift. Mayo Clinic. 12 October 2019.
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