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Under Eye Correction Surgery – What You Need to Know for More Youthful Looking Under Eyes

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Under-eye correction surgery is one of the best ways to combat what many consider as the most unattractive features, eye bags, and dark circles. The current trend is to look young and attractive, even as you grow older. However, what do you do when at a young age, your appearance looks far beyond your years because of your eyes? The eyes have the thinnest skin and can easily be affected by improper care. Some people try home remedies with the hope that they will be effective or buy the latest skincare that promises to get rid of the bags and circles in just days, yet nothing changes. For stubborn eye bags and dark circles, the best choice would be to undergo under-eye correction surgery. 

What is Under Eye Correction Surgery?

Under-eye correction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that gives a solution to dark circles, puffiness and sagging in the lower eyelid. These issues in the under eyes are brought about by fats that have accumulated in the area because of factors like aging, genetics, allergies, pigmentation, too much sun exposure, smoking, and stress. When the aging of the eye bags is hindered, it decreases the elasticity of the skin and makes a person look older and more tired than they are. 

There are two techniques that surgeons currently use to bring back a smooth and youthful appearance to the under eyes, namely the fat repositioning and fat removal. Fat repositioning is done when the eye bags are visibly protruding or if there is a lack of volume in the tear trough. From the name itself, the fat is relocated upwards or in the hollow areas. On the other hand, fat removal is meant for excessive protrusion of under-eye bags to the point that it has begun showing dark circles as well. This procedure is done when there is too much fat that cannot be repositioned. 

Benefits of Under Eye Correction Surgery

The main goal of surgeries that correct the eye area is to improve the person’s appearance. In the case of under-eye correction surgery, it is most beneficial to a lot of people because of how it can alter the appearance positively. Some of the benefits of an under-eye correction surgery include: 

  • Increase in confidence 
  • Improvement of the facial appearance
  • Younger and livelier looking eye area
  • Elimination of puffiness under the eyes 
  • Significant reduction of under-eye bags 
  • Decrease of wrinkles and lines in the under eyes 
  • Elimination of under-eye dark circles

Under Eye Correction Surgery Procedure

Two options can be used during an under-eye correction procedure. According to Dr. Perry from the Cleveland Clinic, fat removal is an older surgical technique that corrects the under eyes. However, the technique only helps in getting rid of the eye bags and dark circles but does not fix the hallows and does not have a rejuvenating effect. For this, fat repositioning was created, which can treat eye bags, hallows, and dark circles in one procedure.  

The duration of an under-eye correction surgery is between 30 minutes to an hour. Usually, local anesthesia with sedation is used, but general anesthesia may also be an option if needed. The procedure for fat removal and fat repositioning are as follows: 

The duration of an under-eye correction surgery is between 30 minutes to an hour. Usually, local anesthesia with sedation is used, but general anesthesia may also be an option if needed. The procedure for fat removal and fat repositioning are as follows: 

 1. Fat repositioning 

  1. Fat repositioning 

    1. The surgeon first makes design as a guide and as a model to show the patient the possible outcome of the procedure.  
    2. A small incision inside the lower eyelid or the inner conjunctiva is created. 
    3. The fat is then repositioned upwards or into the hallows between the under eye and the cheeks. 
    4. The incisions are then sutured, and a bandage protects the under-eye. 

Under Eye Correction Surgery Recovery

Recovery after an under eye correction surgery is gradual and will take one to three weeks, with the outcome becoming visible after three to six months. As usual, swelling, bruising, sensitivity, tightness, and itching may be felt in the eye area for a week or more. During the first week, swelling and bruising may be severe. For this, your surgeon will recommend that you apply a cold compress to ease the swelling and elevate your head when you are lying down to prevent fluid buildup in the under eyes. These side effects gradually disappear within three weeks, and you will be allowed to work ten days to two weeks after the surgery. After three weeks, you may be allowed to wear your contact lenses and resume with vigorous activities. 

Under Eye Correction Surgery Before and After.

Most patients are satisfied with the results of under-eye correction surgery and have undergone the procedure successfully and without any complications. With the right care and maintenance, the effects of the procedure can last for a long time. As shown in the pictures below, you can see that there have been significant improvements in the patients ‘after’ photographs as compared to the ‘before’ ones. The puffiness, dark circles, and tired appearance have been replaced with a more youthful, glowing, and livelier under eyes.

Eye bags and dark circles are commonly a cause of several factors like aging, genetics, stress, and allergies, to name a few. With the use of the under-eye correction surgery, the said issues in the under eyes are eliminated through the removal or repositioning of fat. Fat removal is for excessive under eye protrusion and for fats that cannot be repositioned. Fat repositioning, on the other hand, is the relocation of the fat upward or into the hollows between the eyes and cheeks. The procedure takes around 30 minutes to one hour with the use of local anesthesia. The recovery lasts for three weeks and continues until three to six months when the results of the procedure reach the final setting. 

For unsightly and stubborn eye bags and dark circles, opt to see someone who specializes in giving solutions to this common issue like a board-certified plastic surgeon. In Korea, one of the most common plastic surgery treatments is those for the eyes. Because of this, you are assured that you are in excellent and well-experienced hands. For a consultation with the top plastic surgeons in the country, you may contact Seoul Guide Medical through their website and be ready to say goodbye to those pesky dark circles and bags. 

FAQ :

For whom is under-eye correction surgery most recommended?

An under-eye correction surgery is most recommended for individuals who do not like having a tired and older appearance because of their eye bags, dark circles, and under-eye hollows. Other individuals who are good candidates for under-eye correction surgery are: Those who look tired and fatigued even with enough sleep and rest Those who have problems with excess fats in the under eye Those who want to look younger and livelier Those who have eye bags that cannot be eliminated by skincare and medication Those who are aged 18 and above Those who are physically and psychologically healthy Those who do not have a serious illness that may cause complications Those who have realistic expectations of the outcome

Is under-eye correction surgery permanent?

The results of an under-eye correction surgery are not considered permanent, but only long-lasting, especially with proper skincare and habits. This is because as time goes by, the eye area will continue to age naturally and may alter the effects of the procedure.

What can you expect after an under eye correction surgery?

Just like with any surgical procedure, you should expect that your eyelids will be numb for a few hours, and will swell as well as bruise. Your eyes may also be sensitive, puffy, and watery because of what they have undergone during the procedure. For incisions that are not hidden inside the eyelid, the scars will be visible but will fade gradually through time.

Thread Lifting Procedure – Complete Guide to Thread Face Lift

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Throughout life, the inevitable process of aging occurs. Our bodies will change over time and begin to show the signs of aging. A common feature of someone who is aging is sagging of the skin, both throughout the body and face. In the past, many invasive surgeries have been created as an attempt to reverse the effects of time. However, many people find that they do not have the time to invest in a lengthy recovery, nor do they wish to undergo surgery. If this is the case for you, you may be the ideal candidate for a Thread Lift. 

thread lifting in Korea

What is a Thread Lift?

A thread lift or threading face lift is a simple procedure that involves lifting the skin using sutures that were traditionally only used for surgery but maintaining them hidden under the skin’s surface. It is often referred to as a non-surgical face lift. With the developed techniques, this can be used to offer benefits similar to a facelift, with advantages such as minimal downtime, no scarring, reduced cost, less invasive, and less postoperative complications. This can be an excellent alternative if you are searching for lifting or rejuvenation of the skin.

Where can you have a thread lift?

Thread lifts are considered as non-invasive facelifts generally; therefore, some common areas for the procedure to be done are:

  •   Lower face area and jawline
  •   Mid-face and cheek area
  •   Peri-ocular area (eye area)
  •   Neck area

 

However, thread lifts can also be extended to the body for areas that tend to show significant sagging, such as:

  •   The inner thighs
  •   The inner armpits
  •   The butt

 

Some of the most popular areas for most patients include;

  •  neck thread lift
  • nose thread lift
  • lip thread lift
  • brow thread lift
  • eye thread lift
  • thread butt lift

What happens during a thread lifting procedure?

As most procedures should always begin, you will have a consultation with your surgeon about whether you are an appropriate candidate and all your treatment options. If your surgeon agrees that this is the best option for you, then you can move forward to the initial steps of the treatment.

  • Some of the main precautions prior to treatment include:
  • No smoking.
  • No drinking alcohol 48 hours before the treatment.
  • No make-up or creams should be applied on the day of the procedure

1. First, the appropriate thread must be determined.

This depends mainly on your current skin situation as well as the region you want to have the treatment done in. The threads can be divided into three categories:

  1.   Absorbable 
  •   Options: Polydioxanone thread (PDO), Silhouette Soft thread, and fine thread with bi-directional absorbable cone.
  •   Notes: POD is often referred to as a Korean Face Lift or POD Thread Lift, due to its creation by a Korean surgeon. It is considered as the most common option nowadays. If you choose to have the procedure done in Korea, you are guaranteeing the best results in the world as well as extremely competitive prices. PDO is also associated with improved circulation and collagenization, which improves the texture of the skin and corrects mild wrinkling by producing new collagen.  In addition, it helps with the activation of fibroblasts, which will provide more elastin. Specifically, the effect of polydioxanone (PDO) was also found to encourage the body to create natural hyaluronic acid.

        2.   Smooth/Non-absorbable 

  •   Barbed; Bi-directional (APTOS thread, Woffles thread) or Unidirectional (Contour thread, Silhouette lift thread) for longer sutures, cogged (for shorter sutures).

Notes: Bi-directional is less likely to move because of support from both ends, though it is not anchored. Uni-directional is easier to fix if there is asymmetry since they are anchored.

  •   Non-Barbed

Notes: Easier to fix if there is asymmetry.

It should be noted short sutures include PDO, Plain, Screw, Spiral, and Cog thread, while long sutures include APTOS, Silhouette Lift, Silhouette Soft, Woffles or Contour thread.

2. Prep before treatment:

a numbing cream may be used for shorter sutures, while local anesthesia will be used for longer sutures.

3. Treatment:

thread lifting process

Depending on the exact method you chose, this will vary slightly, but on a general note, the thread will be laced under the skin in the desired area of treatment. This allows the thread to be invisible. The procedure itself should last anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending on how many areas you are treating, and the extent of sagging. The more complicated the case, the more threads that will have to be used.

Who is a good candidate to have the thread lifting procedure?

Fat Grafting

This procedure can be done on both older and younger adults. The principal patients that will benefit from this procedure are adults that have less disrupted skin elasticity and appropriate facial volume. Significant factors to consider for this treatment are:

–    Age

–    Health

–    Degree of skin laxity

–    The thickness of the skin

–    Adequacy of facial volume

Thread Lift Recovery

This is an outpatient procedure; therefore, you would be discharged the same day of your treatment. Depending on the kind of thread and suture length you opted for, you may experience some swelling and bruising. Sleeping with the head slightly elevated will also help with swelling. In this case, it is recommended to apply a cold compress for the first day or two after treatment to help swelling decrease.

You should avoid movement of the area (such as smiling for a facial thread lift). If you must sneeze or cough, try to hold the face to support the threads for the first week. You should not put make-up on for 3-5 days after the procedure or shave for at least ten days. Try to follow a soft or liquid diet, but avoid straws also to avoid too much movement of the facial muscles. You should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, if possible.

Thread Lift Before and After

Figure 1:Absorbable: PDO Thread Lift (for both the woman above and below)

thread lifting before and after 2

Figure 2: Non-Absorbable: Barbed (Woffles) sutures.

If you have been searching for an alternative method to address any sagging skin, but are hesitant to have a full procedure done or have no time for the recovery that it would require, a thread lift may be the best choice for you.

There are a variety of techniques, as well as many areas that can be addressed. Make sure to speak to a board-certified surgeon who can help you create the best plan of action for your specific needs. PDO remains the top choice for many patients who chose to move forward with the treatment.

As recommended earlier, coming to Korea can both guarantee results due to its creation and refinement in the country as well as the competitive prices that the plastic surgery market offers there currently. If you choose to come to Korea for your procedure, feel free to contact Seoul Guide Medical, who can connect you to the top specialists in the country.

FAQ :

How long does a thread lift last?

From most research, a safe assumption is that this procedure is not permanent, mainly because you cannot stop the natural process of aging. However, results can be considered long-lasting for appropriate patients, and due to the ease of this procedure, having repeat treatments can easily be done. 1-9 years was the general longevity of observable results. For patients that are younger with thicker skin and appropriate facial volume, 3-4 years was the average. In contrast, older patients with severe sagging reduced elasticity, and lack of volume had visible results for 1-2 years.

What is a thread lift procedure for the face?

As mentioned previously, a thread face lift can be extended to the face as well as other areas. Face areas are typically divided into lower face area and jawline, mid-face and cheek area, peri-ocular area (eye area), and the neck area.

Can I exercise after a thread lift?

You should wait around 1-3 weeks after the treatment to resume any vigorous exercise, your surgeon will advise you on how long exactly you should expect. This is to prevent your healing from becoming prolonged. Exercise can increase the heart rate, which causes blood flow to also increase to the area of treatment, which in turn can cause swelling.

Can you fly after a thread lift?

You should avoid flying 48-72 hours after your procedure. The air pressure in the air is larger than the ground. Therefore it is easy to cause blood pressure fluctuations. It can also potentially cause an infection due to the splitting of the wound, prolonging the recovery period.

Breast Augmentation Surgery – Everything You Need to Know

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A timeless and classic example of a woman’s body part that has always been considered significant in regards to her beauty is the breasts. Though beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and can have many faces, breasts seem to be a factor that seems to weigh heavily on the scale of attractiveness regardless of the times or cultures. Unfortunately, they are not something that all women are gifted with, and even when they are they do not always look like the ideal pair. Fortunately, however, is that now we live in a time in which we have the option of undergoing breast augmentation to achieve the ideal breasts in our eyes. 

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, or as it is loosely referred, a ‘boob job’, simply means increasing the size of the breast. This can be done through two different methods, them being implants or a fat transfer. There can be a variety of reasons why women would feel they need this procedure, such as;

  • Mothers whose breasts have changed in appearance after breastfeeding; usually the breasts appear ‘deflated’. 
  • Women who have undergone the removal of breast cancer which has left one or both of the breasts significantly reduced in size. 
  • Asymmetric breasts
  • Tubular breasts
  • Women who feel their breasts are too small

Boob Job Procedure

There are a few critical steps that you must choose and take before undergoing the procedure. They are listed for you below. Regardless of what options you choose, general anesthesia will be administered, and the standard length of the procedure is 2 hours for a non-complex case. Preoperative marking will also be done. Make sure to ask your plastic surgeon the following questions.  

Location of Incision

There are three possible locations for your incision.

  • The first and preferred incision method is inframammary (IMF) due to a variety of reason such as;
  1. Less likely to cause complications.
  2. The implant is more easily manipulated by the surgeon, therefore it is placed much more exact than through the other incisions.
  3. If a second surgery is needed it is easier to do it through the previous incision site.
  4. If you know your body generally leaves thick scars this may not be the best option for you, though over time most people’s scarring will fade to a light, barely visible line. It will be hidden by the breasts natural crease as well.  
  • The second option is periareolar (the bottom of the nipple). 
  1. The scarring has the potential to blend into the nipple due to the difference present between the nipples’ color versus the skins’. 
  2. More likely to cause CC.
  1. This offers less noticeable scarring due to its location.
  2. This method is more difficult for the surgeon to manipulate the implant with, therefore exact results are more difficult to achieve. 

B. Location of Implant

There are two possible options for the location of the implant. The primary and preferred location most surgeons have is submuscular (below the muscle) due to a variety of factors such as;

  1. A more natural appearance
  2. Less likelihood of sagging  
  3. If more muscular, it may distort the shape of the implant or cause discomfort. 

The secondary location is subglandular. This location can have increased sagging in the later years of the implants course, and may show rippling as well as the nipple’s numbness increased. 

C. Texture

There are two options for texture, the preferred one being smooth. This is particularly important as one of the most common complications with breast implants is capsular contraction (CC). This is when the natural scar tissue pocket that the body forms around the implant (which is completely natural when you introduce a foreign item into your body and is what helps give the new breast its shape) hardens over time. This can cause the breasts to get that artificial appearance, as well as make them firm to the touch. More significantly, in extreme cases it can cause pain and discomfort if the pocket becomes too tight. Smooth implants are significantly less likely to cause CC. 

The second option are textured implants. The main benefit of these implants is that they claim that they do not ‘slip’ and therefore prevent sagging. However, it is important to keep in mind the increased likelihood of CC. They are also more likely to cause Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), a type of cancer of the immune system.

D. Silicone or Saline?

This is the most common question that most people have when it comes to choosing the right implant. They both offer benefits that you should consider when choosing the correct implant for you, such as;

Silicone Saline
Most people claim the texture of this implant offers the most similar texture to real breasts when they are touched. If the implant ruptures, the body will simply reabsorb the saline, which is just salt water. The boob will immediately deflate, therefore it will be easy to know if an implant has ruptured.

 

It seems to offer the most natural results afterwards.

 

They are usually cheaper than silicone implants.

 

Saying this, both also have possible downsides such as;

Silicone Saline
If the implant ruptures, it is much more difficult to tell. Though the body will not absorb the silicone, the leaking silicone might migrate to other parts of the body if not caught early enough and cause further complications. This is why it is recommended that you get an MRI 3 years after your initial surgery and every 2 years after to check for a possible rupture. This is an extra cost. Some people have said they can hear the water in the breast swirling when they move.

 

Alternative Option for Breast Augmentation Surgery

Fat Grafting

fat grafting alternative method of breast augmentation

This technique is relatively new to the world of cosmetic surgery, therefore it is less researched and the ideal technique has not been perfect. The main idea behind this is moving extra fat from one place in your body that tends to carry most of your fat, such as your thighs, stomach or buttocks. This is usually done through liposuction. Afterwards the fat is treated through a method in which the pure fat cells are separated from other substances and fluids that are suctioned out. Once the pure fat is all that is left, that fat is injected into the desired area (in this case, the breasts), until they are full. 

This procedure offers two benefits in one, due to the fact that liposuction and breast enhancement is done at once. It also is significantly safer due to the fact that the body will not reject its own fat cells, so no adverse reactions should occur. A significant study has also recently come forward saying that women who undergo this procedure during ovulation retain almost 50% of fat, while women outside of their ovulation window will only retain 29-35% on average. 

This procedure may seem perfect, however, results can never be fully guaranteed and therefore downsides exist. Due to the fact that the body can reabsorb the fat, exactly how much fat will survive can never be truly estimated. It also tends to carry a heavier price tag than breast implants. Most significantly, the breasts can only expand so much before they become constricted. Excessively constricted fat is less likely to survive, so your surgeon will overfill the breasts knowing a good portion of the fat will die, but they cannot bring you up multiple cup sizes. At most expect half to a full cup increase in size. If your goal is to go up in size more than this, it is recommended to go with breast implants instead. 

Boob Job Recovery

It may seem like the hard work is over after sorting through all the options of what you want and what your surgeon advised, as well as after having undergone the procedure, but this stage can be considered the most critical in what the final appearance of your breasts will be. Proper care of the new breasts is crucial. These will be the general steps of recovery, but can vary between each surgeon’s preference.

  1. Immediately after surgery, your new breasts will be wrapped in a surgical bra to keep them in place for the first few days. You will have the most swelling during this stage, though there shouldn’t be significant bruising. You will also be prescribed antibiotics which you must finish the full course through to prevent any infection of the incision site. Pain killers may also be prescribed to help with the initial pain. 
  2. At your follow up consultation three days later, your breasts will be checked for progress and bandaging will be changed.
  3. The next follow up will be about seven days after surgery. At this time, you will be switched from your surgical bra to a sort of holster bra. This will help support and guide your breasts into their new shape. An elastic band will also be applied around the top of the breasts that will be tightly wrapped to help push the breasts down. You will keep this on for the first month. About 80% of swelling should also disappear after the first month.  
  4. You will be able to shower about 10 days after your surgery. 
  5. Avoid strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks. Your surgeon will give you a more exact timeline. 
  6. After your holster bra is removed, you will be allowed to wear sports bras. Nothing with an underwire can be worn for 6 months after surgery. 
  7. You may begin massaging the breasts to help expand the pocket and prevent CC three months after surgery. 

Boob Job Before and After

As you can see there is a significant difference between the original size and shape of the breasts as compared to the final results after breast augmentation.

As you can see, a boob job offers a significant possibility in being able to change your breasts appearance. There are two options for how you want to achieve an increased breast size, the largest factor being how much you would like the sizing to change. For filling about a cup size, a fat transfer would be the most ideal. If you want to go up more than one cup size, it is recommended you get implants, or have repeat procedures of the fat transfer.

For best results, you can also combine both procedures. It is crucial not only to pick all the correct options to suit your idea of the perfect breasts, but to follow post-operative care instructions to achieve the best results. If you feel prepared to begin this process towards your new and improved breasts, feel free to contact Seoul Guide Medical who will put you in contact with some of the most renowned plastic surgeons in Korea. For some of the most natural results possible, get your breast augmentation in Korea

Facial Feminization in Korea – Everything You Need to Know!

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Facial feminization surgery is an excellent procedure for transgender women and females because it helps them feel a sense of belonging in society. In today’s time, your facial appearance matters so much when it comes to the social aspect of life. Everyone wants to belong in a way that they are comfortable with and in a way that shows their true identity. With the help of facial feminization surgery, women and transgender women who have problems with gender dysphoria can now reveal their true identity.

Facial Feminization in Korea

What is Facial Feminization, and to whom is it applicable?

Facial feminization surgery (FFS) is a group of cosmetic procedures that reconstruct facial features that appear masculine and alter them to become more feminine. This procedure can alter both soft tissues as well as the facial bone to achieve more feminine-looking facial features. Some of the procedures included in facial feminization surgery are: 

These procedures make a face look softer and more feminine by creating a more pointed chin, a less angular nose tip, and changing the shape of the skull. 

A facial feminization surgery can even be considered as a solution to women who want to have their masculine features softened to look feminine. This is also to get rid of gender dysphoria, especially in transgender women. Gender dysphoria, which, according to Dr. Agostini and his coauthors, is a “discomfort and distress arising from a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and sex assigned at birth.” In some instances, facial feminization surgery is considered more vital than sex reassignment surgeries. This is because it does more to help transgender women incorporate themselves into society as females. The foremost benefit of this procedure is the treatment of gender dysphoria in both women and transgender women. Some of the other benefits include an increase in confidence, having a sense of belongingness in society, and being comfortable in one’s own body. 

How is it done?

Not every person will need to undergo a full facial feminization as each person has his or her needs to gain the right results. Most, however, will undergo the procedures that involve bone reconstruction.

The duration of the surgery depends on the procedures that will be done on the patient. This involves non-invasive and invasive procedures for bone and soft tissue alterations anywhere from dermal fillers, fat grafting, implants, and bone reconstruction. As with every plastic surgery procedure, this should also be done by a licensed plastic surgeon. The steps during a facial feminization include the following: 

Anesthesia

Depending on the FFS procedure to be done, the surgeon can give either local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or local anesthesia paired with IV sedation. For non-invasive procedures or more straightforward procedures like dermal fillers, anesthesia may not be needed unless the patient requests it. 

Core FFS Procedures

  • Rhinoplasty

Bone and cartilage are altered to produce a more petite nose with a slight curve. 

  • Cheek augmentation

The cheeks are feminized by defining them through fat grafting or by placing implants on the cheekbone. 

  • Jaw and Chin Contouring

As compared to a male jaw and chin that are more angled and square, a female jaw and chin are more pointed and refined. This is done by either adjusting the bone and tissue or reducing a part of the bone in the jaw and chin area. 

  • Tracheal Shave 

This is also known as the Adam’s Apple, and it is reduced to eliminate a masculine appearance. 

  • Hairline Advancement

The hairline is moved forward, and the peaks are removed to create a more rounded hairline, which is typical for females. 

  • Soft Tissue procedures 

These procedures are only done in conjunction with the core FFS procedures to enhance the results and are not perceived to signify the gender of one’s facial features. 

    1. brow lifting 
    2. eyelid surgery
    3. face and neck lift

How long does it take to recover from FFS?

The duration of recovery from a facial feminization surgery depends on the procedure/s that was done. For core FFS procedures, swelling and bruising is expected right after the surgery and may be resolved after one to two weeks. Since this is major surgery, you are highly advised to slow down with your daily activities for two weeks.

You should avoid any strenuous activities and take time off work to rest and recover properly. Your doctor will prescribe you antibiotics and pain medication, which you have to take diligently. For swelling and bruising, a cold compress is a great way to help reduce it. When going outside, make sure to wear sunblock or protective clothing for nine months to avoid any damage that the sun can cause. 

Facial Feminization Before and After

The results of a facial feminization surgery take time to be visible. Usually, you can see 80% of the outcome by three months. At six months to a year, the results will have set fully, and you will be able to see your final appearance. Just like in the before and after pictures below, you can see that the patients’ appearance looks more feminine after undergoing facial feminization surgery. Their face shows much smoother and more petite features that make them look more feminine as compared to before.

To conclude, facial feminization surgery can offer an effective transformation from a masculine appearance to a softer and more feminine one. It involves a group of procedures divided into the core FFS procedures and soft tissue procedures. The core FFS procedures are more on altering the bones, while soft tissue procedures are only conjunct procedures that help enhance the appearance. One of the most significant benefits of an FFS is the treatment of gender dysphoria. With the issue gone, patients who undergo this procedure can feel more confident and comfortable in their bodies. 

Just like any plastic surgery, for this to have successful and effective results, it should be done by a well-experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon. If you are someone who wants to undergo this procedure safely, contact Seoul Guide Medical through our website. We have plastic surgeons who are well-known and are internationally acclaimed when it comes to various plastic surgery procedures. They never fail to produce results that are of high standards. 

FAQs:

Can Facial Feminization also be done on the female gender?

A facial feminization surgery is currently done mostly on transgender women or males that want to transition into females. However, this can also be done on females who wish to feminize some of their facial features that look masculine.

How long until can I see the results after facial feminization surgery?

How long until the results of a facial feminization surgery can become visible depends on the procedure/s that was done. Usually, it will take three months to a year for you to see stable and full results.

Is Facial Feminization surgery permanent?

The results after a facial feminization surgery can be temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent, depending on the procedure that was done. If the procedure altered the bones, then most likely, it will produce a lasting result. If the procedure used dermal fillers, fat grafting, or implants, it will either give a semi-permanent or temporary outcome.

Non-Surgical Liposuction – Important Information You Need to Know

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Non-surgical liposuction is a procedure that a lot of people would be willing to undergo to improve their appearance. Not everyone wants to experience surgery wherein they will feel discomfort for several days or even weeks. Some do not have the time to pause their busy schedules to recover from cosmetic surgery, while others are ultimately not a fan of surgical procedures. With today’s advancements in technology, undergoing a non-surgical body contouring procedure is now possible. 

Non-Surgical liposuction before and after treatment

What is Non-Surgical Liposuction?

Non-surgical liposuction, also called non-surgical fat reduction, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses lasers, heat, cooling, ultrasound, and radiofrequency to destroy excess fat cells inside the body. This kind of liposuction has lesser to no recovery time needed unlike surgical liposuction. This procedure can effectively treat all of the body parts that are capable of storing fat. Still, the most common body parts that are treated by non-surgical liposuction are the abdomen, waistline, thighs, arms, and under the chin. 

Types of Non-Surgical Liposuction

There are four types of techniques used for non-surgical liposuction, namely, Laser treatment, Cryolipolysis, Radiofrequency energy, and Ultrasound energy.

A. Laser Treatment

This technique is known for the brand name SculpSure. This uses laser energy to deliver heat into the fat cells, which then causes damage to their structure. This is best used for the stomach and thighs since the device has a flat applicator and will not produce good results on curved body surfaces. 

B. Cryolipolysis

Known for the brand CoolSculpting, Cryolipolysis uses cooling, which is controlled to cause the damage of fat cells. The device used for this technique uses suction to pull the skin and deliver cold temperatures that would damage the fats underneath. 

C. Radiofrequency energy

By the brand names truScuplt and Vanquish, this technique uses radiofrequency to deliver heat energy that would cause damage to the fat cells. The treatment is most effective when you are hydrated since it aims to destroy the fats by decreasing water in the cells.

D. Ultrasound energy

Under the brand name UltraShape, this technique makes use of ultrasound energy to liquefy the fats through mechanical vibrations. This is only used in the abdomen and no other body parts. 

Benefits of Non-Surgical Liposuction

In 2013, based on the statistical report from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 1.8 million surgical body contouring procedures were performed while there were 9.5 million for non-surgical procedures. One of the most significant factors as to why non-surgical body contouring procedures have risen in popularity is because of the benefits it can offer. Some of the benefits include: 

  • Minimal to no downtime 
  • No need for anesthesia
  • Minimal side effects 
  • Discreet treatment and procedure 
  • Long-lasting results 
  • No more problems with incisions and scars 

Non-Surgical Liposuction Procedure

Just like any plastic surgery-related procedure, non-surgical liposuction also starts with a consultation with the doctor. It is during this time that the area where the fat is to be reduced is analyzed. The patient will also be informed of what will happen during the procedure proper. Pictures are also taken, and the area to be treated is measured for the before and after comparison. The duration of the treatment is around 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the patient’s case and the technique being used. Usually, since this is a non-invasive procedure, anesthesia is not required, but if it is needed, local anesthesia can be administered. 

  1. The patient will be lying down on a bed intended for the procedure. And in some clinics, aromatherapy and massage are offered to relax the patient. 
  2. Once the patient is already relaxed, the machine used for the treatment will come in contact with the skin of the area to be treated. 
  3. Then, the heat, cold laser, or ultrasound passes through the skin on to the layers of fat beneath the epidermis. 
  4. The laser then passes through the fat tissues making the fats melt through the pores. 
  5. The liquefied fats are then expelled from the body over time through the metabolic processes. 

Non-Surgical Liposuction Recovery

As mentioned, non-surgical liposuction is non-invasive to minimally invasive. You may go back to your work and do your daily activities right after you undergo the treatment. Although you may still experience swelling, bruising, and redness, there is no need for downtime or a certain recovery period. 

Non-Surgical Liposuction Before and After

When done by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is knowledgeable and well experienced with the techniques of non-surgical liposuction, the results could lead to the body that you have always desired. Just like in the before and after pictures below, you can see the significant changes in the patients’ bodies. From having visible excess fats to a more contoured and firm shape.

Almost anyone can undergo non-surgical liposuction as long as you are in excellent health and within your ideal weight. Not only is the procedure’s non-invasiveness beneficial to most people, but also it is effective in improving the contours of the body. With the four types of techniques available, the patient has options as to which one suits their needs and preference. Unlike the surgical approach, this kind of treatment will require you to have several sessions to achieve your desired outcome. Most patients would not mind having several sessions since it only takes 30 minutes to two hours and does not require any downtime. 

If you are someone who is not a fan of surgical procedures and the recovery that comes with it, then non-surgical liposuction is something worth trying. Not only will you enjoy the benefits, but also have a more stress-free way of improving your body and overall appearance. For an appointment, you may contact Seoul Guide Medical through their website and experience an international standard of service and results. 

FAQ :

For whom is non-surgical liposuction most recommended?

The best way to know if you are the right candidate for non-surgical liposuction is through a consultation with your plastic surgeon. You are qualified to have the procedure if you are within your ideal weight, and if you have stubborn fats that cannot be eliminated no matter how much you exercise or follow a healthy diet. Other qualifications to undergo non-surgical liposuction are: 1) Good physical and mental health 2) Good skin elasticity 3) Realistic expectations of the outcome

Is non-surgical liposuction permanent?

Just like surgical liposuction, the non-surgical kind also eliminates fats and produces permanent results. For the outcome to be maintained, you need to follow a healthy diet and a constant exercise routine to prevent gaining weight, which may alter the results.

When can you see the results of non-surgical liposuction?

It may take around three months for you to see the results of non-surgical liposuction. This is because it takes about 12-16 weeks for fats to be disposed of through the body's metabolic system.

Are the results of non-surgical liposuction the same as surgical liposuction?

Non-surgical liposuction is capable of eliminating excess body fats and improving the contours of the body, but the results are not as extensive as surgical liposuction. Traditional liposuction can eliminate about ten times more fat than the non-surgical kind since it can reach into the deeper layers of fat.

Canthoplasty – What Must I Know Before Getting Canthoplasty Surgery

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Canthoplasty surgery has been in popular demand, particularly with people of Asian heritage since most have inherited a slimmer eye shape. Some individuals, notably, have eyes that they feel may give the wrong impression about themselves because of them being too dull or small. If you want to improve your eyes and your overall appearance, then you may want to consider undergoing a canthoplasty surgery. 

 

What is Canthoplasty?

Canthoplasty originated from the Greek word Kanthos, which means the corner of the eye, and plasty, to form. In other words, canthoplasty is a plastic surgery that involves the restoration of the corners of the eyes through the means of surgery. This kind of plastic surgery is responsible for improving the shape and symmetry of the eyes to make them look bigger, brighter, and more alert. 

What is Canthoplasty?

Two types of canthoplasty procedures create horizontal changes in the dimension of the eyes. There are some instances when both types should be done simultaneously in one method known as a double canthoplasty. The two kinds of canthoplasty are the Epicanthoplasty and Lateral canthoplasty.

Epicanthoplasty

Also known as medial canthoplasty or inner corner eyelid surgery, it can aesthetically improve the eye area by producing a more significant, open-eye appearance, especially since it is also responsible for enhancing the results of a double-eyelid surgery.

This type of procedure also helps eliminate the Mongolian fold, which is common in South Koreans and other Asian nationalities. An epicanthoplasty should be done carefully since the inner corner of the eye is considered as the most delicate part of the eye area and is more prone to producing a visible scar after the surgery.

Lateral Canthoplasty

Also referred to as the procedure for the outer corner; eyelid surgery is a type of canthoplasty that is responsible for decreasing the degree of the eye slant and lengthen the eyes. It is usually done with lower blepharoplasty to fix the laxity and position of the lower eyelid.

This procedure can uplift a downward slanting eyelid that is most often caused by the aging process. Not everyone is meant to have this surgery since there are only particular eye shapes that are eligible to undergo this procedure.

Benefits of Canthoplasty

Canthoplasty has several benefits cosmetically and aesthetically. Some of the benefits of undergoing canthoplasty are the following: 

  • Improved shape and symmetry of the eyes
  • Gets rid of a stuffy appearance
  • Increased length of the horizontal line of the eyes 
  • Elimination of the Mongolian Folds
  • Bigger and brighter looking eyes 

Canthoplasty Surgery Procedure

The plastic surgeon in your chosen clinic will be the one to determine which type of canthoplasty procedure to use based on their analysis during your consultation; this is because the method depends on the eye shape of the patient. The surgery has a duration of 30 minutes to one hour with the use of local anesthesia. The surgeon only administers local anesthesia, but for more complex cases, the surgeon may opt for local anesthesia with sedation.

Epicanthoplasty procedure

  • The doctor will design the desired outcome during the consultation based on the patient’s eye shape, proportion, and balance. 
  • There will be a small incision done in the inner corner of the patient’s eyes. 
  • The surgeon will then remove the excess skin that causes the Mongolian folds in the inner corner of the patient’s eyes. 
  • After removing the excess skin, the surgeon will stitch the incision while making sure that the scar will not be visible. 

Canthoplasty Surgery Procedure

Lateral Canthoplasty Procedure

  • The doctor will design the possible outcome during the consultation and takes into consideration the shape and balance of the patient’s eyes. 
  • The doctor then makes a horizontal incision in the outer corner of the eyes. 
  • The excess skin is then peeled and fixated in the periosteum.
  • Removal of the mucous membrane is next; then, the incision is sutured correctly to make sure that the scar is not visible. 

Lateral Canthoplasty procedure

Canthoplasty Recovery

The recovery after undergoing canthoplasty usually takes three weeks to a month. During this period, you must take care of your eyes to avoid complications and scarring. The doctor will prescribe you oral antibiotics, ophthalmic solutions, and artificial tears. He may give you steroid eye drops, which you will only use when needed or when a part of the eye is swollen. You will also be advised only to have light showers during the healing period, and to avoid rubbing your eyes for at least one month. 

Canthoplasty Before and After

The results of a canthoplasty procedure, when done by a licensed and well-experienced surgeon, can have a guaranteed and satisfactory outcome. Also, seeing from the before and after pictures below, there is no visible scar in the eye area of the patients, which makes the surgical outcome look clean and natural. Besides, the patients’ eyes have improved to look bigger, brighter, and more alert than before, contributing to a more doll-like appearance. 

 

Canthoplasty surgery helps in lengthening and making the eyes more prominent. Canthoplasty is a procedure that has been in demand in Asia because of the natural eye shape of most Asians. With the two types of canthoplasty, namely the epicanthoplasty and the lateral canthoplasty, a person can achieve bigger, brighter eyes. These two procedures can offer better results when paired with other eyelid surgeries like blepharoplasty since it can make the whole appearance of the eye more balanced and proportional.

There are a lot of people who can benefit from a canthoplasty surgery. However, it is the surgeon’s call as to which type of procedure is to be used on the patient. This is because the procedures largely depend on the eye shape of the person. Just like most eye surgery procedures, epicanthoplasty and lateral canthoplasty require for you to have the procedure under the supervision of a credible clinic. A board-certified doctor is best to make sure that the results will come out as expected. For a safe and successful canthoplasty surgery, you may contact Seoul Guide Medical for the best plastic surgeons in Korea and experience results just like the patients shown in the before and after images.

FAQ:

Is canthoplasty permanent?

If done carefully and correctly by a board-certified surgeon, the results of canthoplasty surgery are considered permanent, and revision surgeries are rare.

Will there be visible scars after having canthoplasty surgery?

As with every surgery, scars are inevitable, and the best surgeons always make an effort to keep surgical scars as hidden as possible in the natural creases of the skin. With canthoplasty, the visibility of the scar depends on the method used. It has been studied that vertical incisions result in visible scarring, while incisions that are parallel with the lower eyelid margin produce a less noticeable scar.

How long can you see the results of canthoplasty surgery?

There is a possibility that you will not be able to fully appreciate the results right after the procedure because of swelling. You will be able to see visible results within three weeks to a month since swelling has decreased by 90% during that time.

Male Non-Surgical Facelift in Korea – Male Non-Surgical Facelift Towards Handsomeness

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The male non-surgical facelift is becoming a common plastic surgery procedure among men these days. In the past, these kinds of procedures were only popular among women, but men have realized the benefits they can also get from non-surgical facelifts and facelifts in general. In today’s society, men have also become conscious of their appearance and make efforts to find ways on how to improve it. With the innovations in plastic surgery, which includes non-surgical procedures, a lot of people can now experience anti-aging procedures without the need for surgery. 

What is a Male Non-Surgical Facelift?

A male non-surgical facelift is a cosmetic treatment that is responsible for getting rid of the signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging on the face. From the name itself, the treatment options that are used are non-surgical procedures that are capable of replacing volume, rejuvenating, tightening, and lifting the face

They are either injectable, laser resurfacing, peels, ultrasound-based, or radiofrequency-based. The most common of these treatments are the injectable option, such as dermal fillers and Botox. These treatments can be combined to produce better results. 

There are factors to consider as males having a non-surgical facelift compared to women differs due to some factors. As compared to women, men bleed more during surgery, which makes them more prone to hematomas. Also, since male hairlines are receding, it is sometimes a struggle for surgeons to hide surgery scars. Beards are also another factor to consider in men because getting a facelift surgery may affect the hair on the face.

Benefits of Male Non-Surgical Facelift

Undergoing a male non-surgical facelift is beneficial in many ways, especially to males who want to improve their appearance. This procedure can bring significant benefits physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Some of the benefits of a male non-surgical facelift include the following: 

  • Enhanced appearance 
  • Elimination of loose sagging skin on the face 
  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Little to no downtime 
  • Minimally invasive procedures 
  • Lasting effects (improved longevity with maintenance) 
  • Better quality of life
  • Boosts confidence 
  • Contentment with one’s skin 

Male Non-Surgical Facelift Procedures

Since the procedures for a male non-surgical facelift do not involve incisions, anesthesia would not be necessary. However, if you may wish for anesthesia, the doctor may give you topical anesthesia or numbing cream on the area that is to be treated. The duration of the procedure depends on which type of treatment you are undergoing. Usually, it lasts around 15 minutes to an hour and a half. The following are the treatment options for a male non-surgical facelift: 

For whom is a Male Non-Surgical Facelift most recommended?

To know if you are the right candidate for a male non-surgical facelift, you should consult your doctor. Most males should be qualified for the procedure as long as they are healthy with no skin infections and not taking medications that could cause an adverse effect during and after the procedure. Other males who are generally qualified for a non-surgical facelift are:

  • Those who want to get rid of lines and wrinkles
  • Those who want to improve sagging of the skin on their face 
  • Those who have a healthy weight 
  • Those who are willing to quit or decrease smoking and alcohol consumption 
  • Those who want to have a younger, more lifted appearance 
  • Those who do not wish to undergo a surgical procedure 
  • Those who are too busy to have a long recovery and downtime 

Injectable treatments

  1. Botox – This treatment involves injecting botulinum toxin to muscles in the face to stop them from contracting, thus reducing wrinkles. 
  2. Dermal fillers – Fillers are used to plump the skin and smoothen wrinkles with the use of hyaluronic acid. 

Skin resurfacing treatments

These types of treatments under non-surgical facelifts for men are considered to be the most effective in skin lifting. 

  1. Laser treatment – Ablative lasers stimulate new skin and collagen production by removing the top layers of the skin. Non-ablative lasers, on the other hand, use heat directly into the deeper layers of the skin to promote collagen production. 
  2. Chemical peels – This treatment uses chemical solutions that make the skin peel after several days to give way to new and smoother skin. 
  3. Microdermabrasion – This procedure is gentle enough to be repeated in shorter gaps. It uses a device with a fine tip that gently exfoliates the skin. 
  4. Dermabrasion – This treatment uses a blade or a rotating tool to exfoliate several layers of skin until a certain depth is achieved. 
  5. Microneedling – As the name suggests, this procedure uses ultra-fine needles to create “injuries” to the skin and stimulate natural skin healing and produce collagen. 

Male Non-Surgical Facelift Recovery Time

The recovery time for a male non-surgical facelift varies depending on the treatment that was done. For injectable treatments such as dermal fillers and Botox, there is no downtime needed generally; however, one to three days of recovery may be necessary if you have swelling on the area of the treatment. Also, the results may not be instant and could become visible within two weeks after the procedure.

On the other hand, for skin resurfacing and lifting treatments such as laser rejuvenation, ultrasound, and radiofrequency, there may be minimal downtime depending on the invasiveness of the treatment that was used. Non-ablative procedures may not need any downtime at all, while ablative ones could take up to three weeks for a complete recovery.

After getting treatments for a male non-surgical facelift, whether the skin resurfacing type or the injectable type, it is best to protect your skin from the sun through the use of sunscreen or protective clothing. If you are experiencing any redness and swelling from ablative treatments, it is best to stay away from activities that can cause infection on the skin. To help maintain the results as long as possible, it is recommended that you care for your skin through proper skincare products and a routine.

Male Non-Surgical Facelift before and after

For optimal results, the treatments used in a male non-surgical facelift requires maintenance every few months to a little over a year. The procedures are effective enough in reducing the signs of aging in men and, just like in women, give them a more youthful, well-rested look. 

With men beginning to seek out plastic surgery procedures more actively, a male non-surgical facelift is one of the procedures that can give them a better appearance by fighting the signs of aging without having to undergo surgery. There are several treatments available, such as injectable and skin resurfacing treatments that can be combined to achieve optimal results.

The procedures take only 15 minutes to over an hour without the requirement for anesthesia. The recovery depends on the treatment that you underwent, with the most extended option potentially needing up to three weeks. With proper skincare and treatment maintenance, a male non-surgical facelift can offer significant benefits and results that could match that of a surgical facelift. 

If you have been considering a facelift and do not like to undergo the process and recovery of a surgical procedure, then a non-surgical facelift could be for you. To know more about the treatments available and if you are qualified for them, contact Seoul Guide Medical through their website for the most trusted clinics in South Korea and certified doctors. 

FAQ:

How long until I see the results of a Male Non-Surgical Facelift?

Most, if not all, types of treatment for a male non-surgical facelift show instant visible results. For some, especially the lasers and ultrasound energy, the results only improve throughout the two weeks after the procedure, and you may see the full effect within six months.

Is a Male Non-Surgical Facelift permanent?

The effects of a male non-surgical facelift are not permanent. They usually last for 18-24 months, depending on the type of facelift treatment that was used. However, for fillers, the effects may only last for four to six months until you need to have a follow-up treatment.

Mommy Makeover Surgery – What’s included, Preparation, Recovery, Before and After

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Having children can be one of the most rewarding moments in a mother’s life. On the other hand, it can also be quite discouraging to see the aftermath of what having children can do to a woman’s body. Though many mothers try their best to retain the shape they had prior to pregnancy, often, the stretching of the skin and weight gain can be inevitable, notably if you underwent more than one pregnancy. With little time to bounce back between pregnancies, or often just even one pregnancy for particularly busy mothers, it is no wonder that many mothers seek for an alternative solution to have their pre-baby bodies back. For mothers looking for this alternative, look no further than a Mommy Makeover Surgery.

mommy makeover surgery

What is a mommy makeover in plastic surgery?

A mommy makeover is a culmination of a variety of surgical procedures that are capable of restoring the mother’s body to how it once looked prior to pregnancy, or sometimes even better through body contouring. There is no specific combination that works the same for all mothers, but a general guideline of the body parts this procedure targets include:

  • the breast
  • the abdomen (abdominoplasty)
  • other areas the mother may have experienced significant weight gain in (legs, arms, etc.)

What is included in a Mommy Makeover?

We can break down the procedure according to the body part it is targeting from the ones mentioned above. First, we have breasts. Women can experience quite a wide range of results after pregnancy, from deflated breasts to breasts that remained doubled the size of their original state. Options for correcting the breasts include;

  •  Breast augmentation (through fat grafting or breast implants)
  •  Breast Lift
  •  Breast reduction

The next area of the body that is usually affected by pregnancy is the stomach. For this area the options tend to be;

  •  Tummy Tuck
  • Liposuction

For any other areas that a mother gained excess weight in, and they do not have the time to correct through diet and exercise, liposuction may also be an alternative.

How to prepare for mommy makeover surgery

The best way to prepare for a mommy makeover surgery is a culmination of a variety of surgical procedures that are capable of restoring the mother’s body to how it once looked prior to pregnancy, or sometimes even better through body contouring. is to have a clear set of goals and expectations. Once this is established, it is recommended that a patient stop smoking and drinking prior to surgery. This will help with the healing process. If there are any possible complications such as high blood pressure, these should be under control prior to the procedure.

Mommy makeover surgery procedure

This will vary depending on which procedures you opted to undergo for your case. For more detailed information on each procedure, there will be an attached link provided. For a general overview of what each procedure entails, please keep reading below.

Breast Augmentation:

Fat Transfer: Here, you have a procedure that involves the combination of liposuction, to cultivate fat (therefore removing it from another area), that is then injected in the breasts. This procedure has virtually no complications as the body will not reject its own fat, but the results can vary significantly as not all the fat will survive, and the breasts can change with weight loss.

Also Check – Breast Fat Transfer & Body Liposuction Before and After Video on Seoul Guide Medical YouTube Channel

 Breast Implants: One of the most common procedures nowadays, this involves inserting either a silicone-based or saline-based implant inside of the breast. There are also a variety of techniques as to how, where, and what kind of implant would be placed.

Breast Lift

You can see some of the most dramatic changes as far as rejuvenating the breasts with this procedure. Depending on what technique you and your surgeon decide on, that will give you the results you desire; it may leave more considerable scarring behind. It is also relevant to say that many women find this method in combination with breast augmentation restores not only the shape but volume and perkiness their breasts once had, as shown in the images below.

Breast Reduction

This procedure has the main result of reducing the overall size of the breasts due to enlargement that has left the breasts aesthetically unappealing, or if they are causing a great deal of discomfort in your daily life.

Tummy Tuck:

Generally, this procedure will involve sewing the abdominal muscles together to create a firmer and flatter stomach, and cutting off any excess skin around the abdominal area. Generally, this leaves some scarring, but it can easily be hidden under the panty line.

Liposuction

Though there are a variety of specific methods to approach liposuction, the main goal of the procedure is to remove excess fat, usually through suctioning of the troublesome area.

Mommy makeover surgery recovery

 A primary reason that women may consider a mommy makeover may also be due to the fact that it is both time and cost-efficient. Though there are studies that are concerned about the recovery of a combination in procedures, a majority of studies disprove this concept and claim that there is no higher risk of combining procedures than having them individually done.

This is important for mothers that may have less downtime to recover from multiple procedures or that are working with a budget, as most clinics will offer some discount for choosing to have more than one procedure.

You should expect to take some time off for your recovery, particularly if you are having more than one procedure done. The surgeon and the patient will discuss in more detail the plan that will be created, as well as the expected steps to recovery. As a general rule of thumb for most procedures, expect swelling and bruising to occur for the initial first few weeks.

You may need a special bra to help shape your new breasts and a compression garment to mold your body into the desired shape after body contouring surgery. Vigorous activities should be limited until around four weeks after the initial surgery, or when your surgeon gives you the clear.

Mommy makeover surgery before and after

As mentioned, there are a variety of possible options that you can follow to reach your desired results. Some possibilities were shown above with their procedure. The image below is of a woman that had a combination of surgical procedures to achieve the ‘mommy makeover.

If you are a woman who’s been dreaming of reverting your body back to what it used to be, or maybe even hoping for improvement, it is a more than achievable dream with a mommy makeover procedure and the variety of options it entails. Though the recovery may be somewhat difficult, the procedure itself is cost and time-efficient due to combining multiple procedures into one. If you are hoping to begin this process as soon as possible, contact us at Seoul Guide Medical, where we will be more than happy to connect you with a board-certified plastic surgeon that will help you achieve optimal results.

FAQ:

How long does a mommy makeover surgery last?

This will vary depending on each mother’s circumstances. If you get pregnant again, many of the results will likely become undone due to the new pregnancy. Therefore, it is highly advised to undergo this procedure once you are no longer planning on having any more children. As long as there is no significant weight gain, the results should last just as they would through healthy aging.

How much weight can you lose with a mommy makeover?

It depends on which procedures you opted for. Expect for fluid retention, which is expected to occur initially, your weight may not change so much at first. If you had a breast fat transfer the scale may not change in number, but the balance between the body fat may be more proportional. If you had implants inserted, they will also slightly add to your weight. If you underwent liposuction, a maximum of 5 liters of fat is allowed to be removed from the body for safety reasons.

Do I need to lose weight before a mommy makeover?

It is not necessary to lose weight before your procedure, though it certainly can help the final results.

How long does it take to recover from a mommy makeover?

This will vary entirely based on which procedures and how many you decided to undergo. Discuss this with your surgeon once a plan of what your course of treatment will be.

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How to Prepare for your Hair Transplantation Surgery

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Preparing for your hair transplant surgery is an essential step in ensuring the optimal outcome in your hair transplant experience. Seoul, South Korea, has some of the best hair transplant clinics in the world. It is exceptionally challenging to become a hair transplant surgeon in Korea as it is such a delicate procedure, and the medical standards in South Korea are so high. Thus, only the best of the best hair transplant surgeons are found in Seoul. Even with the assurance that the doctor is highly skilled, it is still just as important to follow the doctor’s instructions carefully and prepare for your hair transplant surgery as best as you can.

Here are some basic guidelines agreed upon by hair transplant doctors to follow before getting a hair transplant surgery to make sure the day of the surgery goes to plan.

When Should I Start Preparing for the Surgery?

It would be best if you started preparing for the hair transplant surgery one month ahead. From one month before the transplant, you should try to improve your overall health so that your body can recover from the transplant as quickly as possible.

One Month Before

Since it is vital to improve your overall health, you should refrain from smoking about a month ahead of the hair transplant surgery. Smokers tend to heal slower and sometimes not as adequately; this is because smoking slows down wound-healing as it prevents optimal blood flow to the transplanted area.

Stay fit and healthy by eating nutritious food in advance of the transplant procedure. The healthier you are, the easier it will be for your body to hold onto the transplanted hair follicles after the transplant surgery.

You can also start massaging your scalp for a minimum of 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes a day. Massaging will soften the scalp and improve blood flow to the area, which improves the overall health of the scalp.

Don’t get a haircut before your surgery. Not getting a haircut ensures that there is enough hair at the donor site to transplant to the desired areas. It will also be useful because the donor site will be shaved by the medical team at the clinic to ensure that the hairs are not too long nor too short for surgery

Two Weeks Before

At this point, your hair transplant surgery is fast approaching. It would help if you refrained from drinking for at least two weeks before the procedure. This is because drinking alcohol causes adverse effects on your immune system and thus slows down recovery. Alcohol also thins the blood, which increases the chance of excessive bleeding during the hair transplant surgery.

You should also avoid taking medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, herbal supplements, fish oil, vitamins, or any medication that thins the blood for at least 2 weeks before your surgery. Avoiding such medications and supplements makes sure you do not bleed excessively or come across complications during the hair transplant procedure.

If you have medication that you need to take leading up to the surgery, notify your doctor, and they will be able to advise you on how to proceed with your medication.

You should also try your very best not to get sunburnt from now until your surgery.

One Week Before

If you are taking Rogaine® (Minoxidil) prior to your surgery, you may be advised to stop using it a few days before by your hair transplant surgery.

If you plan to have any hair treatments done, such as hair dying or perming, you should do it at least a week before the hair transplant surgery. If you dye your hair too soon before your surgery, the dye may still be stained on your scalp, making it harder for your surgeon to clearly see the individual follicles on your head.

Day of Surgery

Wash your hair with anti-bacterial shampoo on the morning of your hair transplant surgery. After drying your hair, do not use any other hair products in your hair, such as wax, hairspray, hair gel, or mousse. Leave your hair in its natural state and unstyled.

Since this hair transplant surgery is not performed under general anesthesia, you do not have to fast the night before unless instructed otherwise by your surgeon. Have a light breakfast before you leave for your surgery. It is essential to have enough food in your stomach to balance your blood sugar levels during the procedure. Do not drink any caffeinated beverages the day of the surgery, such as coffee or green tea.

Wear a comfortable top that you can either zip or button up at the front to your surgery as you may be required to change in and out of surgery gowns. Simply put, you should not wear anything that you have to pull over your head to get on or off. Avoid tops with tight neck holes as well. You should also bring a clean hat or hood that can be worn loosely, such as a baseball cap or a hood on a zip-up hoodie, for after the procedure. Beanies are not recommended because they may be too close-fitting to the head

Also, make sure you remove all accessories such as earrings, necklaces, and rings before coming to the hair transplant surgery.

Lastly, arrive on time for your appointment. It is because time is needed to settle payments and sign consent forms. Almost all hair restoration clinics in Korea require full payment to be made before going into surgery.

When do I need to stop taking medication before a hair transplant surgery?

It would be best if you stop taking medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, herbal supplements, fish oil, vitamins, or any medication that thins the blood for at least 2 weeks before your surgery. This will prevent excessive bleeding and complications during the transplant.

.What should I eat before a hair transplant surgery?

Eat something light and easy to digest before the surgery. A single hair transplant can take anywhere from 4 to 9 hours, so it is important to eat beforehand to ensure your blood sugar levels remain stable. You may even be given something to eat during the procedure if it is especially long. However, you should avoid anything with caffeine the morning of the surgery, such as coffee or green tea.

Transportation After the Surgery

Due to the light anesthesia or sedative that you may be put under, it is not advised to drive home after the hair transplant. In fact, you should avoid driving for 24 hours after the procedure.

Thus, you should arrange some form of transportation for when you leave the clinic ahead of time. You can get someone to drive you back home or take public transport. It would be best to find accommodation in Seoul as near to the clinic as possible, as this will make your post-surgery experience more manageable.

Follow the Instructions from Your Doctor

All in all, the most important thing is to follow all direct instructions from your hair transplant doctor. Although these instructions are agreed upon by hair transplant doctors, the information in this article is only to serve as guidelines to prepare for your hair transplant surgery in Korea. Use these guidelines to educate yourself on how to take care of yourself to ensure the best results from your hair transplant.

FAQ:

When should I start preparing for a hair transplant surgery?

Ideally, you should start preparing for your hair transplant surgery a month in advance. During this month, you should focus on getting your health in check by eating well. You also should also try to stop smoking during the month before your surgery to ensure you can heal optimally. Smokers tend to have a harder time recovering from hair transplant surgeries. It may also be a good idea to start a daily 10-minute head massage a month in advance of the procedure.

What should I wear to my hair transplant surgery?

It would be best to wear something that buttons or zips up in the front. Please refrain from wearing anything that you may have to pull over your head to not disturb the transplanted areas. Also, you will need to bring a loose hat or something with a hood to wear after the surgery. Do not bring anything that would fit too tightly to the head, such as a beanie.

Should I wash my hair before the hair transplant surgery?

Yes, you should wash your hair the morning of the surgery. The best option would be an anti-bacterial shampoo with a disinfectant like chlorhexidine in it.

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Jaw Implants – Procedure, Benefits, Recovery, and More

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Jaw implants are a good option for the improvement of the jaw’s function and contour. As compared to its non-surgical alternatives, it can give better results when it comes to longevity, appearance, and stableness. Having an improved jaw can help in balancing the facial features for an enhanced appearance. It can also make a face appear more feminine or masculine through proper augmentation. If you are someone who wants to give more definition to your jaw, then a jaw implant could be the answer. 

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What are Jaw Implants?

Jaw Implants, also known as mandibular augmentation or jaw augmentation, is a plastic surgery procedure that uses facial implants to improve the proportion of facial features. According to an article in the Yaremchuk and Chen, “Augmenting the contours of the mandible balances facial dimensions while adding definition and angularity to the lower third of the face.” This procedure is intended to balance the face by making a “weak” jaw look more angular and defined.

The procedure can be for cosmetic purposes or medical purposes such as correction of the jaw structure due to birth defects or face trauma because of an accident or injury. The most common materials used for jaw implants are silicone rubber or porous polythene. 

Benefits of Jaw Implants

Plastic surgery procedures help in improving the facial features that no other treatment and remedy can do. If you had a dermal filler treatment in your jaw to create more definition, it is highly likely that you would want to have jaw implants since it can offer better benefits than injectable fillers. Some of the benefits of getting a jaw implant include: 

  • The results are long-lasting 
  • Improvement of your frontal and side facial appearance 
  • Redefines the jawline 
  • Enhances the appearance to make it more feminine or masculine 
  • Boost in confidence level
  • Customized treatment for every patient 
  • Creates balance and symmetry within the facial features 
  • Improvement of volume in the jaw area 

Jaw Implants Procedure

A jaw implant procedure is highly customized based on the needs and goals of the patient. It can be performed alone or in combination with other facial implants and plastic surgery procedures. The operation itself lasts for about one to two hours. For the anesthesia, twilight or local anesthesia is usually used, but for more complex cases, the doctor can opt to use general anesthesia instead. The following are the steps and measures done before and during a jaw implant procedure: 

Before the jaw procedure: During the consultation, the doctor will analyze your jaw area and also screen you to know whether you are qualified for the procedure. During this stage, you will also be asked in detail what your concerns are regarding your jaw area, what improvements you feel might be best, and what your goal is after the procedure. The doctor will also tell you what he can do to achieve your goal and possibly give you other alternative procedures that may complement a jaw implant. 

Before you undergo surgery: it is best to take all the needed rest and eat the right kind of diet to boost your immune system to help with faster healing after the procedure. It is also vital to stop taking medications and supplements that may cause complications; most importantly, it is highly recommended that you quit smoking and drinking alcohol. 

 During the jaw implant procedure 

  1. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the treatment area will be cleaned and disinfected. 
  2. The surgeon will then make small incisions on both sides of the lower area of the mouth. 
  3. He then lifts the soft tissues that are sticking to the bone structure of the jaw to make space for the implant, also known as a pocket. 
  4. They will then place the customized implant in the pocket against the jawbone and secure it using titanium screws. 
  5. When the implant has been secured in its proper place, your doctor will stitch the incisions using dissolvable sutures. 

Jaw Implants Recovery

Jaw implants take a long time to heal, just like other jaw-related surgeries. After the surgery, it is expected that you will experience swelling and bruising for one to two days. Your doctor will prescribe you pain medications to ease any pain and discomfort and will advise you to apply a cold compress on the area to help with the swelling.

Since the implant and incisions were made in the area where you chew, your diet will be restricted to liquid food like soup for about two days and soft food for about ten days. You also have to make sure that you sleep face up with your head elevated to prevent the collection of fluids in the face.

If you have a desk job, you may be allowed to return to work after a week or two. Vigorous activities like exercise are only allowed after four to six weeks. During this time, you have to make sure that you do not touch or rub the area where the implant was installed to allow it to heal properly.

After six months, your skin tissues will have healed and should be binding with the installed implant. It is during this time that you will see the full improvement of your face and jaw area. 

Jaw Implants Before and After

After a jaw implant, you will not be able to see the results right away since there will be swelling and bruising in the area of the operation. You will notice the improvement gradually appear until you have fully recovered from the procedure. If you could see the before and after pictures, the patients’ faces look better after having the procedure. The results are not dramatic, only subtle, but you can still see that their jaws are more defined and symmetrical. 

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A jaw implant procedure mainly helps in adding definition and balancing the appearance of the jaw and the whole face structure. The usual materials used for a jaw implant are either silicone rubber or porous polythene. The procedure lasts for around one to two hours with the incisions done inside the mouth, thus scarring is not visible. The initial recovery takes only one to two weeks, while the full recovery time can take three to six months. There should be no complications during the recovery period if you take good care of the operated area, and if you follow the doctor’s post-operation instructions. 

The results of a jaw implant may not be dramatic, but they do a lot to improve the facial balance. If you are considering a jaw implant and you want to experience the benefits that it can offer, you may contact Seoul Guide Medical through our website. We assure you that your aesthetic and cosmetic goals will be achieved through the best doctors who give results that are of international standard. 

FAQ:

Are Jaw Implants permanent?

The longevity of a jaw implant depends on the material that was used. If you opted for the use of human tissue, it would only yield semi-permanent results since these materials tend to age or get partially reabsorbed by the body over time. However, when silicone or polythene, also known as synthetic implants, are used, it will give you permanent results that can even last a lifetime.

For who are Jaw Implants most recommended?

Jaw implants are most recommended for individuals who have a jaw that is weak, deficient, or lacking in volume. If you had a dermal filler enhance your jaw and you liked the outcome, a jaw implant may also be recommended for you since it has long-lasting results as compared to fillers.

How long until I can see the results of Jaw Implants?

After your jaw implants procedure, you will not be able to see the full results right away because of swelling and bruising. Healing of the area will continue for 6-12 weeks. Thus you will only see the full set around three to six months after the initial surgery.

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