Visiting a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul

Many have asked if it is possible to go for a vacation in Seoul, and come back with a new nose. Well, yes, it is possible. Nowadays, there are even tours that are organized where you do a bit of sight-seeing, followed by a visit to a plastic surgeon to get a procedure done before returning to your country of origin – looking better. Meditours! they call it.

While vacationing in Seoul, i had the privilege to visit a plastic surgery clinic at Gangnam-Gu. The resident plastic surgeon Dr Lee Jung Han and his team greeted us with much hospitality and showed us around the double-storey clinic. The clinic is clean, tastefully furnished and had an almost luxurious feel. The good doctor even let us peak into the operating room, take pictures with his staff and answered our burning questions patiently.

A few of my travel buddies got free facials, while i opted for a free consultation with Dr Lee. Thus it was a great opportunity to ask a plastic surgeon questions, which i think you my dear readers would like to know.

Two out of 10 women in Korea has had a nose job

Dr Lee told me that it is very common for women in Korea to go for plastic surgery or beauty treatments which includes botox injections to remove wrinkles or adding lip fillers, for fuller lips. He added that two out of ten Korean women has had a nose job.

Then I proceeded to ask Dr Lee how much it cost for each procedure. I am sure everyone is curious. At first he was reluctant to reveal, but then the friendly doctor provided rough estimates to each procedure, for the benefit of those who are interested.

A consultation with a plastic surgeon would cost USD20. During the meeting you would tell the surgeon what you want to get done, and the surgeon would advice accordingly.

A nose job (rhinoplasty) would set you back USD6,000 – USD15,000 depending on the complexity of the procedure. The procedure takes only 1.5 hours and one week recovery period. Clients usually do not need to stay overnight at the clinic after the procedure. There are comfortable recovery rooms where clients rest for a couple of hours after the procedure before leaving the clinic.

The various types of nose surgery Nu Plastic Surgery clinic offers are as follows:

Augmentation Rhinoplasty
Hump Nose Correction
Deviated Nose Correction
Bulbous Nose Correction
Wide Nose Correction
Short Nose Correction
Long (Hanging) Nose Correction
Alar Correction
Revision Rhinoplasty

I was surprised to learn that a nose job is considered to be a more difficult procedure, compared to double-eyelid surgery.

The most popular type of eye surgery would be the double-eyelid surgery and that costs around USD3,000 – USD4,000. They perform non-incisional double eyelids plasty and incisional double eyelids plasty at Nu Plastic Surgery clinic. Younger clients usually opt for double eyelid surgery while middle aged women go in to remove sagging skin under and above the eyes and puffy bags under the eyes.


The magic wrinkle removing serum – botox


Another popular treatment at the clinic is lip filler injections to add volume to lips. It costs USD1,500 per pop. Botox treatments would cost USD260 at the clinic. Besides cosmetic / plastic surgery, the clinic also offers facial and body care services.

Visit Nu Plastic Surgery’s website for a full range of procedures they offer.

A big thank you to Dr Lee Jung Han and his staff for their hospitality. Some of my travel mates enjoyed free facials and free botox treatment when we were there. Each of us went home with a small gift too.


The friendly staff at Nu Plastic Surgery Clinic, Seoul, South Korea

Sterile and scrubbed operating room, recovery room & reception area

Top:  Me, Jenny Lee from Haamtour (Meditour Travel Agency) and Dr Lee Jung Han
Bottom : Clinic staff Song Bo Yeon and me
Right: Resident plastic surgeon and director, Dr Lee Jung Han

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