Last fact-checked: 12 February 2020
If you’re looking at affordable alternatives of getting the nose you want, rhinoplasty in Seoul is worth considering.
Also known as a “nose job”, this is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the world and with Medical Departures, you can find trustworthy clinics and surgeons with the expertise to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Medical tourism is big business these days, with millions of people every year swapping their local hospitals for low-cost medical or surgical care abroad. Some people are still under the impression that if you travel abroad, standards are somehow inferior. And while that may be true for some developing countries, it’s a good chance that these are the sorts of places which don’t receive medical tourists—or at least, not those patients who book through a trusted site like Medical Departures.
South Korea and its exciting capital of Seoul is far from a developing country; in fact, the city epitomises just how good the level of care and expertise abroad can be, with many patients opting to come here purely to take advantage of the quality on offer, rather than the price.
Seoul certainly is no stranger to plastic surgery, and it's been attracting Japanese and Chinese tourists for decades. It also does a brisk trade with local patients, as plastic surgery is almost treated as a rite of passage here with young men and women thinking almost nothing of having corrective surgery—particular procedures that lengthen the nose, enlarge breasts and make the eyes wider.
Compared to Western prices it is also more affordable here; most people can save at least 50% on the cost of a rhinoplasty in Seoul.
Just because a destination like Seoul boasts excellent cosmetic facilities on the whole, it’s still important that you do your own research into clinics, surgeons and other aspects of your trip. Any kind of surgery requires due consideration, and this especially applies to a facial procedure like this.
Medical Departures makes this job a lot easier for our patients as we carry out a number of checks before listing clinics and doctors on our site. This include:
Checking the credentials and professional memberships of surgeons.
Carrying out legal and criminal record checks
Collating and publishing real patient reviews testimonials.
Personally visiting clinics and publishing high-definition photos as well as other useful information so you can make your own decision.
To get started, take a look at these three leading clinics in Seoul for rhinoplasty. Click through and see how easy it is to book with Medical Departures:
This isn’t easy to answer as rhinoplasty is tailored to each individual’s requirements. For some patients, the removal of the tissue at the end of the nose may be all that’s required, which will take far less time than a case that involves a more extensive nose reconstruction or work on the cartilage.
Typically, after the procedure, you may need to stay in Seoul for at least five days, but your surgeon will be able to advise on this before you book your tickets to South Korea.
Again, this is likely to vary, but it is likely that swelling and bruising will be apparent for around a week, at least. You will have to be careful not to knock your nose while it is healing, taking things easy and sleeping in an elevated position on your back.
You can start gentle exercises after three weeks but nothing vigorous for at least six weeks.
Rhinoplasty in Seoul costs around 50% less compared to Australia, for example, which usually means savings of several thousand dollars.
While these are incredibly tempting, we’d always advise that carefully consider surgery to your nose. After all, it is one of the most noticeable things about you, and you want to make sure it is what you want, and more importantly, that you choose the right surgeon.
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Absolute Perfection: South Korea’s Obsession with Plastic Surgery. Breaking Asia. 23 May 2019.
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