Last fact-checked: 20 December 2020
Remove those stubborn wobbly bits with liposuction in Seoul. Our quality-checked clinics and surgeons in the South Korean capital can help you achieve the toned look you want, shifting fat from tummy, hips, butt, arms, back and thighs.
Liposuction is one of the easier, least invasive cosmetic surgeries, with less downtime than other surgical procedures, depending on what area or areas of the body you have the treatment.
If you are visiting Seoul, you’ll find the capital has plenty to keep you occupied before or after your procedure. A modern, safe, bustling city, you’ll find no shortage of inexpensive, good-quality accommodation options, great restaurants, including local and international cuisine, fantastic shopping and, of course, a huge array of entertainment and leisure pursuits.
The city ranks among the leading medical travel destinations. Seoul is one of the world’s capitals for cosmetic surgery—not just for foreign patients but for local patients as well. Last year, CBS News reported that more than 20 million cosmetic surgery procedures were undertaken globally with an estimated one million of those (or a total of 5%) carried out in South Korea.
Korea forms a part of the culture where plastic surgery clinics are ubiquitous—and where you can find a medical tourism office in the arrivals hall of Seoul's international airport.
Just because the standards of care here are generally very high, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do your own background checks. It’s always worth researching credentials for your own peace of mind, and safety. We understand it’s not always easy to do this when you're thousands of miles away, which is why we’ve already done the leg work. We visit clinics, authenticate patient reviews and verify doctors' qualifications, including board certifications and professional memberships. We only list clinics on our site if we’re happy to go there ourselves and we publish our findings, as well as high-definition clinic photos and other useful information for you to make your own decision.
You can get started now by taking a look at these three leading clinics in Seoul for liposuction. Click through and see just how easy it is to book with Medical Departures:
The procedure essentially involves liquefying the fat so that it can be removed by a suction device, which is inserted through a small incision. The fat can be liquefied by ultrasound or by injecting a saline solution. Once the fat is removed, the incision is stitched closed. This leaves a small scar but it will fade over time.
One area of liposuction generally takes around 45 minutes to complete, so if you’re having more than one area it will obviously take longer.
You will feel stiff and a little sore after the liposuction procedure, and you may be asked to wear a compression garment that helps with the swelling. Some fluid may leak from the incisions for a few days; this is normal. Depending on where you have the procedure, it may take a week before the bruising and swelling begin to dissipate and you can move around more freely. You will gradually start to feel better, gaining more movement but you should avoid vigorous activity for six weeks.
The average cost of liposuction in Seoul is around AUD $1,500 (EUR €1,000, GBP £800, US $1,100). This is compared to an average cost of $8,600 (EUR €5,800, GBP £4,500, US $6,500) in the United States.
Note: the prices above are approximate. Please check our current prices for your selected clinic for estimated costs of treatment.
The Medical Departures Customer Care Team can help you find the best options for treatment in Seoul for liposuction—saving you up to 80%. Or if you are ready to book your appointment, you can do so right here any time of the day or night, at no charge to you.
Competitive culture triggers plastic surgery boom in S. Korea. CBS News. 28 September 2015. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/plastic-surgery-south-korea-obsession-competitive-culture/
Liposuction. Medline Plus. Website accessed: 20 December 2020. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002985.htm
Liposuction. Mayo Clinic. Website accessed: 20 December 2020. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/liposuction/about/pac-20384586
Absolute Perfection: South Korea’s Obsession with Plastic Surgery. Breaking Asia. 23 May 2019. https://www.breakingasia.com/360/absolute-perfection-south-koreas-obsession-with-plastic-surgery/
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