Rhinoplasty in South Korea

The Ultimate Guide to Rhinoplasty in South Korea

Last fact-checked: 27 November 2020

Looking at ways you can afford to have nose surgery? Rhinoplasty in South Korea costs over 50% less than at home, and with Medical Departures, you can find and book your treatment at a quality-checked facility.

Any kind of cosmetic surgery takes a good deal of consideration, especially if it involves your face. Many people considering rhinoplasty have usually thought long and hard about the procedure, as they have usually been unhappy with the size and/or shape of their nose for some time. This could be from birth or caused by a trauma or accident that has damaged the nose. Or you may have a desire for a new look to your nose and face.

Why Should I Consider Rhinoplasty in South Korea?

South Korea is one of the world’s plastic surgery capitals: more people here have cosmetic surgery here than anywhere else in the world. Some estimate that as much as 40% of the population have had some aesthetic treatment, with non-invasive fillers, double eyelid surgery and nose jobs all proving particularly popular with Koreans. This has given rise to thousands of world-class surgeons and clinics that specialize in this field.

How Can I Ensure the Quality of My Surgery in South Korea?

Facial surgery is the most popular area of the body for surgery in South Korea, and is certainly where doing your homework beforehand should be a minimum objective. There is always more than one way to achieve a result, and with facial surgery, it is important to see a surgeon’s previous work. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and one person’s idea of what’s beautiful is not necessarily another. Make sure you and your surgeon are on the same wavelength.

This is part and parcel of doing your due diligence. You should also be sure to check out your surgeon's qualifications and professional memberships, online reputation and clinic facilities.  Medical Departures does all of this and publishes all findings on our site, as well as checking for legal or criminal records and cases. We also pay personal visits to the clinics, taking high definition photos and virtual video tours which, again you’ll find on our site.

How Long Does a Rhinoplasty Procedure Take and How Long Will I Need to Stay in South Korea?

Rhinoplasty is a tailor-made procedure and the length of time varies considerably for each patient. It can take as little as an hour, or it may be up to six. This timing partially depends in part upon whether major reconstructive work is needed, including cartilage work, or whether it is simply a case of adjusting the tip of the nose.

Your surgeon will discuss this with you in detail during your consultation. You can also prepare by reading more about nose job procedures hereYou might also check into non-invasive, non-surgical strategies for facial aesthetics.

After surgery, you will probably be advised to remain in-country for a few days, as part of your recovery.  You can discuss a timeline with your surgeon (through Medical Departures) in more detail as to how long you'll need to remain in South Korea before you book your return flight. 

What Is the Recovery Time for Rhinoplasty?

You will probably need between one and two weeks before you can return to work.

Items to note about your recovery:

  • Expect to have bruising and swelling (you may want to wait until this has subsided before returning to work)
  • Do make sure you don’t do anything that could knock your nose while it is healing. For this reason, you will be asked to sleep on your back in an elevated position.
  • You can start with gentle exercise again after around three weeks, but anything strenuous or vigorous should be left for at least six weeks.
  • It could be as long as a year before your nose has healed completely.

What Is the Cost of Rhinoplasty in South Korea Compared to Australia?

Rhinoplasty in South Korea costs around 50% less compared to Australia, with prices at our partner clinics starting from as little as AUD 3,500 (US$ 2,000).

Please note: These are estimated prices at the time of writing. Check out updated prices, as well as photos, surgeon profiles, patient testimonials and more at these leading clinics in South Korea for rhinoplasty:

Note: All of the above rhinoplasty clinics are located in Seoul, the South Korean capital.

What's Next?

Find out more about our quality-checked surgeons and clinics.

See below for easy ways to book your free appointment through Medical Departures. Don't hesitate to connect with our Customer Care Team if you’ve any questions about rhinoplasty in South Korea. 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.


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