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Before And After Double Jaw Surgery

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Have you always wondered what you can expect before and after double jaw surgery? This article is dedicated to the before and after care steps you will need to take when undergoing double jaw surgery. What can I do before the surgery? What can I do after the surgery? To answer these questions and more, keep reading!

Before the surgery

Before having double jaw surgery, there are a few things you can’t do due to safety reasons.

What you cannot do:

  • Don’t eat or drink anything before the surgery, at least 8-12 hours before surgery, depending on the doctor’s recommendation. An expert tip is to contact Seoul Guide Medical far in advance to arrange a morning surgery spot for you. This will allow you to sleep during the fasting period, so you won’t be too hungry or thirsty before surgery.
  • Before the surgery, you must notify SGM regarding your medical history. This includes whether or not you have dental veneers or implants, medicine usage, illnesses, past surgeries, and more. Discontinue use of any medication that thins your blood or as recommended by your surgeon. 
  • It is essential to consider your menstrual cycle if this applies to you. Surgery may not be a good idea for women on their periods as there will be excess bleeding, and the face is more likely to experience extra bruising and swelling.

  • Try to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol together at least a month before the surgery date. If that is not possible, there should be no alcohol in your system for at least 2 days before surgery. Tobacco and alcohol have a negative effect on your body, and thus your healing process will be slower. Excess drinking and smoking give a higher risk of complications after the surgery.
  • Wearing accessories during the surgery is not allowed, and all-metal should be removed. Accessories can be necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, piercings of any kind anywhere on the body. Metallic-based hair extensions are not permitted as they affect the instruments used to cauterize wounds during surgery. 
  • No fake nails, acrylic nails, and no nail polish of any kind should be on any fingernail. During surgery, your oxygen levels need to be monitored precisely, and this is done by an attachment on a nail. The other nails need to be free in case of any emergency. 
  • No make-up is allowed BB cream, lotion, or sunscreen. You will be taken to a powder room before surgery and asked to cleanse your face thoroughly before entering the surgery room. You will also be disinfected once on the surgery table. 
  • Do not bring uncomfortable clothes. You will want to get zip-ups or button-up shirts, sweaters, or jackets. You won’t want to pull anything over your head when you leave the clinic. Comfortable, baggy (loose-fitting) pants will be much easier to put on after surgery, and you should wear shoes that you can slip on quickly and that are stable. Avoid bringing boots, heels, or tight shoes. Croc style shoes or similar is a great idea.

What you can do:

  • Prepare comfortable clothes as listed above.
  • Prepare something to listen to or watch on your smartphone as you will be sleeping in the clinic for one or multiple nights after surgery. You will be in a room recovering most of the time, so you may get bored otherwise. 
  • Talk out all your anxieties and worries with the Seoul Guide Medical team before surgery. Being nervous before surgery is entirely natural. You should express all your concerns and ask your questions before surgery so you head into surgery in the right frame of mind. 
  • Exercise and maintain a healthy diet before surgery. This will improve your body’s ability to recover faster after surgery. 

What to Expect After the Surgery

Congratulations! You have now had double jaw surgery! It is normal to start seeing a lot of bruising and swelling. To help yourself heal faster:

  • Apply a cold pack for the first 3 days as much as possible, following 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off guideline. Swelling tends to increase for the first 3 days or so, and thus this is the time to combat swelling the most. An added benefit of the cold/ice pack is that it will help reduce inflammation and pain.
  • After the 5th day (it could be less), you can use a warm pack. These warm packs stimulate blood circulation and can help with a speedy recovery. In Korea, we give packs with a gel inside that can be frozen or heated for both the icing period and the blood flow circulation period.


  • In the weeks after you’ve had double jaw surgery, you should not be drinking or smoking. Alcohol and smoking have a negative effect on the healing process as it slows it down and can cause infections inside the mouth. 
  • Be careful of external physical impacts. This can cause bleeding or dislocation of the bone. Although the bone has been fastened and shouldn’t move quickly during an effect, you risk unnecessary harm if you put pressure on the surgical area too firmly. It can significantly impact your healing process and can affect the entire outcome. 
  • Together with the above point, you should sleep on your back for the first 3-4 days and should sleep with your head elevated by 30 degrees. If you sleep on your side or on your stomach, you can put external pressure on your jaw, damaging it both in the short and long run. 
  • You should also be careful about what kind of food you’re eating. In the first few weeks, chewing food is not recommended since it can damage the jaw bone and the incision areas. You should also be careful not to eat spicy or salty food. These foods can cause you to swell up even more. For the first 2-3 weeks, stick to bland foods and consume them in juice or shake form. If you want more substantive meals, eating things like porridge or drinking soup is recommended. In Korea, there are many “juk” restaurants. “Juk” means porridge, so look for pumpkin and vegetable “juk” and skip the kimchi that usually comes as a side dish for now. Stay away from ramyeon due to the sodium content. 
  • Light exercise, like walking, is allowed. This is a good idea since it helps blood circulation and quicker recovery. However, heavy training is off-limits until the doctor says it is ok to do so, usually around 1-2 months later.

Aftercare in Korea

Every clinic provides slightly different aftercare, but top clinics will have RF high-frequency rejuvenation treatments, laser light therapy for swelling, and anti-swelling injections. Even if you have prepared and researched beforehand, you will have a million and one questions after surgery. Seoul Guide Medical is here to answer all your questions before and after surgery. Clinic workers can’t leave the clinic to take you to your hotel or accommodations. They are limited in their services, but we are not. We collaborate with the clinics to ensure you get everything you need to have the best experience possible. 

If this is something you need, a friend who helps you out whenever you need it, contact us now for a free online consultation! You can contact us in many ways such as:

How Long Is The Recovery Period For Double Jaw Surgery?

The recovery period to go back to your daily life is about 3-4 weeks, but you need to be aware that in the weeks after the recovery period you still have to take it slow. Bones usually take 6-8 weeks to heal completely so you shouldn’t put pressure on it still. After the surgery, braces are usually recommended to obtain the best result.

How Long Does The Swelling Last After Double Jaw Surgery?

You should note that on day 3 or 4 the swelling is the worst and from there on out it’ll slowly get better over the course of 2 weeks. There still is some swelling left that can maintain up to 2 months after the surgery.

How Do You Sleep After Double Jaw Surgery?

Sleeping must be done in an upward position to reduce swelling and to ensure no unnecessary pressure is being put on the jaw. In the first week after surgery, you should sleep with more than one pillow underneath your head or sleep in a comfortable chair.

Your Guide To Getting Liposuction In South Korea

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What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure which uses suction to remove excess fat from the body including: the lower cheek area, the double chin area, the upper abdomen, the lower abdomen, the flanks, the lower back, the upper back, the arms, the hips, the buttock, the thighs and more. It is not considered a weight loss procedure but there will be a slight reduction in weight. It improves the shape of the body but it has also been found to improve quality of life and self-esteem. In a study involving 360 patients, 86% responded that their self-esteem and quality of life improved after liposuction. In the case of abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck, along with liposuction, more than 99% of the patients said they’d recommended the surgery to other people and felt satisfied. 

Procedure In Steps

This surgery is usually done under local anesthesia, sedation and also general anesthesia depending on the severity of the case. At Seoul Guide Medical we have seen everything from local anesthesia injections in the arms to full out general anesthesia for a case that had 15,000 ccs of fat removed across her whole body. Once you are under the needed form of anesthesia, diluted local anesthesia is placed. This will reduce pain and also bleeding. A cannula will be inserted through a very minor incision. This cannula is a hollow tube that is moved back and forth to loosen fat and then the fat is sucked out through a syringe or vacuum attached to it. In delicate areas such as the face, a form of heat laser may be used to melt the fat before extraction. This causes less trauma to the area and thus improves recovery time. Once the limit of fat is removed, the doctor will stitch up the incision. The stitches are normally removed on the 10th day after surgery. In some cases, dissolving stitches can be used. Surgery time can be anywhere from 20 minutes to 8 hours or even longer depending on the case. For example, double chin liposuction may take less than half an hour while 360 body liposuction may take several houses to complete.

In More Detail

Before the surgery, the doctor comes in and marks the area where he will extract the fat cells. The surgeon then:

  1. disinfects the area 
  2. makes a small incision and inject a saline solution to loosen up the fat cells from the other cells and surrounding tissue. In some cases a heat laser is used
  3. waits for solution or heat laser to take effect
  4. removes fat via a cannula (a hollow needle) by moving it back and forth dislocated the fat from the surrounding tissue
  5. sutures the incision point 

It is normal to experience a bit of saggy skin after any liposuction. It normally takes 2-3 months for the skin to tighten up again after liposuction. If the skin doesn’t have enough elasticity, the skin might not retract fully. If this is likely to happen to you, you should consider a tightening procedure along with liposuction. In order from least invasive to most invasive the lifting procedures would be: HIFU tightening, thread lifting, surgical tightening such as double chin corset platysma or tummy tuck and surgical lifting.  In this article, we will also briefly talk about a tummy tuck known as abdominoplasty

Different areas liposuction can be done on:

Skin Lifting Procedure

To lift the skin, there are different ways to do so. In this article, we’ll talk about tummy tuck as an example. A tummy tuck can be done in two ways. Differences in body type, your wants and needs, and differences in each patient need to be considered. 

A Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck targets the whole stomach area. The surgeon will make an incision along the bikini line so the scar is hidden as best as possible.

The doctor then lifts the skin to gain access to the abdominal muscles. The surgeon will pull them towards the middle, making the muscles tight again. After this, excess fat and skin is removed (via blepharoplasty which is cutting). The skin is then pulled down and sutured. 

The abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and will take about 3-4 hours.

The recovery time for this surgery is about one week so you are moving around more comfortably and stitches are removed around the 10th day post surgery. 

Mini Tummy Tuck

This surgery is less invasive, as the name suggests, but still effective. In this procedure, the plastic surgeon’s incision is much smaller and only targets the pelvis area. The rest of the steps are the same with the full tummy tuck:

  1. The skin is lifted to gain access to the abdominal muscles
  2. The muscles are then tightened
  3. The surgeon will pull the skin back, after which excess skin is removed
  4. The doctor then closes the incision with stitches

Recovery for this procedure is similar to a full tummy tuck but it is easier on the body.

Before and After Surgery

Before the surgery takes place, there are a lot of steps to take to ensure your complete safety and well-being.

The Seoul Guide Medical staff will provide you with a detailed online consultation and create your customized treatment plan. You should diet and exercise as best as possible before any liposuction or lifting procedures so your body is in the best shape it can be in. The surgeon will then consult you in the clinic along with the SGM staff. If you are undergoing general anesthesia, you will be required to take a series of tests 1-2 days before surgery to make sure you are healthy enough for this kind of strong anesthesia. On the surgery day, you will have another consultation and sign the needed paperwork. The doctor will design on your body the areas where fat will be removed from.  Your measurements will be taken for the customized compression garment you’ll need to wear afterward. This compression garment helps your body recover faster and improves your comfort during the healing process. It helps to reduce the swelling after the surgery. You’ll need to wear this garment for about three weeks; this can be shorter or  longer depending on your case. You’ll need to wear this constantly and can only take it off when going to shower. You should not get the stitch area wet so waterproof bands are recommended. You will go into surgery and when it is over be moved into a recovery room. Unless it is a full body procedure or possibly a tummy tuck, you can leave the clinic the same day. If not, you will need to sleep overnight at the clinic and be monitored by nursing staff. If this happens, you will normally check out the next day around 10am after the doctor has examined you. 

Process After Surgery

It’s important to know that this surgery is considered a major surgery unless it is for the arms, face or the neck. To ensure you have a safe surgery, here are the things that the doctor will advise to do or not do:

  • Stop taking medications. This could be anything from vitamins to birth control pills, aspirin, or hormonal drugs, preferably two weeks before the scheduled surgery.
  • Let us know if you have diabetes, thyroid issues, heart disease, or hypertension. This is extremely important to know before surgery.
  • Make sure your body is well hydrated and you eat nutritional food.

Am I a Candidate?

The best candidates for any surgery are patients who have realistic expectations. Liposuction is a surgery designed to contour your body, not lose weight. The best candidates for liposuction surgery are also the ones who:

  • Have excess body fat on a specific area (abdomen, thigh, face, arm, etc.)
  • Have bumpy skin due to fat and want to change this.
  • Want to have a well-defined body in a short amount of time.
  • Want to regain their self-esteem and quality of life.
  • Want to have a good body contour without a long recovery time. 

Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty?

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are:

  • the ones with severe obesity and lost a lot of weight resulting in a lot of excess skin.
  • The ones who have saggy skin around the abdomen because of loss of skin elasticity or relaxation of the abdomen muscles.
  • the ones who have stretch marks after giving birth
  • the ones who have lost a lot of weight in a short period and therefore losing a lot of skin elasticity
  • the ones who want to refine their skin after liposuction surgery


Giving a set price is very difficult to do in plastic surgery and especially in the case of liposuction. It depends on what body part you want to do liposuction on and how much fat needs to be extracted. You should also keep in mind that this is very labor intensive for the surgeon performing it and thus different doctors will charge different rates according to their time to value ratios. At SGM, we have seen liposuction cost anywhere from 1000 USD all the way up to 40,000 USD. Something that takes just a few minutes to do will cost a lot less than something that takes 12 hours to do. 

Does the Fat Come Back?

Once fat cells are removed via liposuction they are gone forever. Please watch the video here which goes into more detail. About 80% of removable fat cells can be taken out with liposuction but still leaves around 20% which can expand if a proper diet and exercise are not followed. Liposuction also can’t remove fat between the organs. This can only be removed if you diet and exercise. Liposuction is not a cure all for fat. You should think about it as a new starting point. You will hit the reset button and from that point on, what happens is up to you. 


Having read all this and knowing whether you are the right candidate for liposuction or not, it’s now time to get in contact with us! This could either be because you want to know more or make an appointment.

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Why Is Liposuction Not Seen As a Weight Loss Surgery?

Liposuction surgery is not a weight loss surgery since fat weighs very little. At 5:35 minutes of this video you can see just how large 1kg of fat is. 1 kg of fat is much bigger than you think in terms of volume. Although you will not lose massive amounts of weight, the volume of fat removed is very large. If you are looking for weight loss surgery, you might want to look into gastric bypass surgery or go with diet and exercise.

Is Liposuction Surgery Painful?

Liposuction surgery is not painful. You will either be under general or local anesthesia so that you won’t feel any pain. In the recovery period, you can feel some discomfort and some soreness. This will be a lot better in one week.

Is Liposuction Safe?

Liposuction is a very safe procedure when done through SGM. All surgeons who perform the surgery are government certified, and in the surgery room is CCTV. Liposuction surgeries are performed by doctors who do the procedure almost daily, and they know what they are doing. 

How Much Weight Can You Lose from Liposuction?

As mentioned before, liposuction is not considered a weight loss procedure. You should think in terms of how many ccs of fat you can lose. In smaller areas there can be just a few hundred ccs. As stated in this article, the most we have ever seen removed was 15,000 ccs of fat which was a massive amount during a full body lipo case.

Will Liposuction Get Rid of Saggy Skin?

Liposuction will not eliminate saggy skin since it targets the fat cells. Instead, liposuction can, in some cases, cause sagging skin because you take away cells from the inside. This, however, will go back to normal in a considerable amount of time. If it doesn’t, you might want to go for a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thigh lift, depending on the area liposuction was performed. 

Will Liposuction Cause Scarring?

In most cases, liposuction doesn’t cause significant scarring. If you have a good surgeon, the surgeon knows exactly how to perform the surgery and not cause considerable scarring. If there are minor scars, they also know how it’s easily hidden, for example, behind underwear lining.

With Seoul Guide Medical, you’ll not need to worry about scarring and finding a good plastic surgeon since we only work with the best doctors. They know what they are doing and can take care of you in the best way possible. 

Breast Augmentation – Your Guide by Seoul Guide Medical

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Have you ever wanted more voluptuous breasts? Breast Augmentation is a surgery specially designed for people who seek to enlarge their breasts, correct their asymmetry and more!

Breast augmentation surgery can come in the form of breast implants and breast fat grafting. The former provides more of a size increase and options. The latter provides a smaller size increase and has limitations. This article, carefully written by the experts at Seoul Guide Medical, contains everything you need to know about breast enlargement surgery.

What Is Breast Implant Augmentation?

Breast implant augmentation, also known as mammoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure where a surgeon reshapes, reconstructs and or enlarges the breast with an implant. This creates an aesthetically pleasing chest area according to the needs and wants of the patient. An alternative method to increase breast size is via fat grafting which is also known as breast fat transfer. Fat is taken from another part of your body, via liposuction, and is processed and grafted into the needed areas. This can result in a half or one cup size increase usually and requires two fat grafting sessions done more than 4 weeks apart and less than 12 weeks apart. Studies have shown that breast augmentation has the highest satisfaction rate of any plastic surgery procedure with implants being the go to method over fat grafting. A study done by Figueroa-Hass used the Female Sexualty Function Index and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale to examine differences before and after breast augmentation surgery. The study found a massive increase of 76% in self-esteem and self-confidence. Sexual satisfaction increased 57%, sexual arousal increased 81% and sexual desire increased 78.6% after breast augmentation surgery. 

What To Expect From The Surgery

There are a few things to consider when planning out breast augmentation: implant location, the kind of implant used, the texture, the size of the implant, the incision point, the patient’s body limitations and the patient’s wants. If you want to see how the progression of implants works, click here to see the results after 5 weeks, click here to see different results after 1 week  click here  and click here to see our patient’s 2 year update after her implants. 

Implant Placement

Breast implants can be placed below or above the pectoral muscle wall. If the implant goes behind (or under) the muscle, it is called submuscular placement. Alternatively, the implant can be placed above the chest muscle and this is known as subglandular placement. 


What’s Better? Over the Muscle or Under the Muscle Placement?

The best placement method for breast implants is the one that is right for you. There is no placement that is best for everyone. Submuscular (over the muscle) places the implant behind the pectoralis major muscle (chest muscle). At Seoul Guide Medical, we recommend that this is a good option for women with small amounts of natural breast tissue. Because the breast implant is placed underneath the muscle, the implants will be supported by that muscle and be covered by the muscle and the additional breast tissue over that muscle. This will lead to more natural results for patients with little natural breast tissue. It is important to note that for patients with severe sagging of the breasts (caused by breastfeeding or aging), under the muscle placement may not be ideal. This is because the muscle sits on the upper portion of the chest and if the breasts have drooped past the chest muscle then placing implants below the chest muscle will cause the implants to look too high in relation to the natural breast tissue. In this case, above the muscle implants are more advisable. You should note that this is a more intensive surgery than above the breast implants and will require a slightly longer recovery time and can be a bit more involved. For women who are competitive bodybuilders and will be doing heavy weight chest exercises, above the muscle implants will be better. 

Subglandular or above the muscle implants only uses the body’s natural breast tissue to cover the implant. For women who have a high amount of natural breast tissue, this option is more ideal. In order to have natural looking implants, having enough coverage of the implant is crucial. If there is enough fat tissue to cover them, then an over the muscle approach can be used. If there is not enough fat tissue to cover the implants then an under the muscle placement should be used. Because the chest muscle is not operated on, there is less discomfort after surgery. There is also no risk for bodybuilders with this approach. You should note that this method has a bit more risk in terms of wrinkles, folds and rippling risk when compared to under the muscle placement as the chest muscle provides more coverage. Issues like those mentioned above are more likely to happen with patients who have little breast tissue naturally. 

Breast Implant Incision Methods 

There are 3 main areas where plastic surgeons can make incisions from: the breast fold, the areola and the armpit area. There is an option from the belly button but this is not normally done as the results can be hampered due to the complexity of the surgery. 

  • Breast fold, or inframammary incision

This incision is made underneath the breast fold. The breast naturally folds above the abdomen. An incision underneath the breast fold is the most straightforward method, allows for a shorter surgery and recovery time and can accomodate any size of implant that the body will accept. This incision method is also recommended for revision surgery cases  or if you want to have larger implants. This method has the lowest rate of complications. The scar fades over time but will be slightly noticeable if you look closely. Luckily you only see it when the breast is lifted and you are looking straight ahead or up at the breasts.

  • Areola, or Periareolar Incision

The incision is made along the nipple area (usually along the lower half). This incision creates a scar that follows the areola making it almost invisible. This is because the incision is made along the line where the color naturally changes from lighter skin to darker nipples and thus the scar is hidden well. Recovery is quick and there is less pain associated with this placement after surgery. This method is usually reserved for placing smaller implants and you have a risk of loss of sensation in the nipples.  

  • Armpit, or Transaxillary Incision

The incision is made in the armpit folds, which makes sure the scar is virtually invisible and hidden away. This method has limitations on implant size but is great if you are worried about excess scarring. Patients with more melanin (more pigment in their skin) will show more scarring than those with less melanin. Thus, patients who are worried about scarring should consider this method.

Types of Breast Implants

There are different types of breast implants a doctor can use. Seoul Guide Medical can determine what implant would suit your body best during your on-line and in-clinic consultations.  As with implant placement and incision points, there is no one best type of implant for everyone. What is best is what suits your body best. Click here and here to watch two different patients’ processes and their explanations. 

Different Shapes

Although there are variations, you can consider that there are two main shapes to choose from:

  • Round
  • Teardrop (anatomical)

Women who already have sufficient lower half breast tissue but require more volume in the upper half of their chest are ideal candidates for round shaped implants. This round shape creates more volume in the upper half and thus more cleavage. It provides a fuller, curvier look. Women who initially have more breast tissue are ideal candidates for round implants over women with naturally little breast tissue. When you lay down, the implant filler material will spread outwards but the shape will remain similar whether standing or laying down.

Women who have less breast tissue naturally are good candidates for teardrop shaped implants. These are anatomically shaped implants with more volume in their lower half. The look created is one of a gently sloping curve towards the nipple as natural breasts have. These implants provide less of a round look in the top half. For women who want to have the absolutely most natural implants in terms of movement and feel then Motiva may be a good option. These implants follow your natural movements. When you lay down, the implant holds a round shape and when you stand up they form a natural looking sloped silhouette. They are also extremely natural to the touch. You should note that these implants will cost you more than other implants but it may be worth it to you.  

Different textures

A breast implant can be smooth or  textured. 

Smooth Type

The smooth type breast implant is very soft to the touch and can move within the breast implant pouch created by the surgeon during surgery. This means that the movement can mimic natural breast movement better. 

Smooth breast implants are described by plastic surgeons as being the softest feeling. They can move within the breast implant pouch, which may provide more natural movement.

On the other hand, textured breast implants cause scar tissue to develop and stick to the implant, which makes them less likely to move and shift position.

Silicone gel-filled and saline implants can be smooth or textured because the texturing is on the surface of the implant, regardless of what the implant is filled with.

This implant type feels soft to the touch and can rotate inside the breast pocket. It’s easy to place, and it’s also easy to correct if there are any complications. 

Textured Type

With this implant, the breast implant is textured. This allows the surrounding tissue to connect better with the implant and fixes the implant in place. 

What is great about this type of implant is that there’s not much possibility for the rupture of the implant and capsular contracture. Capsular contracture can occur when the implant’s scar tissue causes the implant to deform. It can affect the form, texture, and feeling of the breast. With a textured type breast implant, the chance of this happening is low. The shape change possibility is also common.

Which type of implant is the best for you can be best decided through a careful examination by one of the plastic surgeons. 

Different inside textures 

Now that we have talked about the outside texture let’s also talk about the inside texture. There are two types of texture used for the implants. 

  1. Saline
  2. silicone gel

In Korea, it’s not common to use saline implants. It has been used in the past, but breast implants have improved a lot, and there are better alternatives now. Here is where the silicone implants come in. 

Silicone implants mimic the feel of actual breast tissue and, therefore, a more natural breast. Also, if the implants happen to rupture, which doesn’t happen very often, you won’t notice it at first. The implant would reduce in size with the saline implants, and you’d see it right away. With the silicone ones, the silicone isn’t a liquid, so if by any chance happens to rupture, the silicone will stay inside the breast pocket, and the size will not reduce.

Alternatives to implants

A commonly used method for people who don’t want a significant change but a very minor one, fat transfer surgery could also be an option. Fat is taken from the back of your thigh or belly and transferred to the breast area. This gives you a very natural but slim improvement, like 0,5 or 1 cup size up. If you are thin and don’t have enough fat to transfer, this method is challenging to perform. 

Am I the Right Candidate?

Breast augmentation surgery is recommended to those who:

  • have small breasts and want to enhance this
  • have asymmetrical and/or uneven breast size
  • have small and/or sagging breasts due to breastfeeding
  • have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery

Those who have sagging breasts and want to correct this by breast augmentation need to know that implants alone might not work. In some cases, you may need breast lifting as well.

Also, having realistic expectations is essential in this procedure. The surgeon may choose a different size, placement, or different type of implant depending on your body type. If this happens, don’t be alarmed since they have the best intentions in mind, and they are looking for the most natural results.

What Is the Best Option For Me?

As you can see, there are different things to think about when getting breast implants. These are all options that can be combined or not. Remember, the ultimate goal is to have natural-looking breasts, and what works for someone else might not work for you, and vice versa. A consultation with a certified plastic surgeon is always needed before deciding on a type of breast implant.

At Seoul Guide Medical, we are happy to help and assist in your choice. We work together with only the top 1% of plastic surgeons, ensuring your complete safety. We go with you to every consultation and advise you on the most suitable choice for you.

What Is The Surgery Time and Recovery Period for Implants

The placement of the implants takes about 1-3 hours. You will be under general anesthesia, which means you’ll be asleep during the surgery, and therefore it won’t be painful.

  • After 2-3 days, it’s possible to continue to shower and enjoy your everyday life. This could differ if you got the under the breast incision or around the areola incision.  
  • About 2 weeks after the surgery, the stitches will be removed. We will give you some tips on taking care of your breasts after the surgery, which will usually include using a prescribed scar cream and wearing the right bra. After the surgery, you’ll have to wear a garment to support your breasts. Still, after 2 weeks, you can either wear a sports bra or a bra with a long enough underwire to give your breasts the support they need to heal in the right place. We’ll also check the progress in this aftercare session and give you a high-frequency treatment to quicken the healing progress. Please note that in some cases, there are no stitches to remove.
  • 1 month after the surgery, you’ll get another progress check, and swelling of the breasts starts to go down. At the clinic, we also use an ultrasound device to see if the healing progress on the inside of the breasts is also improving. 
  • After 3 months, most of the swelling should be gone, but it isn’t until 1-2 years until you’ll see the end result. 
  • After 6 months till 1 year, we examine your breasts on the outside and inside to make sure everything is healing the way it should, and we work on scar laser management.

What Are The Costs?

It really depends on what kind of surgeon you choose, the surgery length, its complexity, the type of breast implant and more.  We’ve seen cases go from anywhere from 4000 USD to 20,000 USD. It’s really hard to narrow the pricing range past this point without having a detailed consultation with our staff. Send us an e-mail to [email protected] or constant us through our website for for a detailed consultation with our expert staff and get your price estimate as soon as possible.


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Will The Silicone Implants Rupture If I Lay On My Stomach?

The silicone implants undergo a lot of testing. The test includes a lot of things and also heavy resistance tests. An example can be where the testers throw something serious on the implant and see whether it ruptures or not.

How Much Time Do I Need to Go Back to Work?

This question isn’t easy to answer since it depends on what kind of job you have. If you have a position where you sit behind your desk, you don’t need much recovery time. On the other hand, if you have a job where you walk around all day and require lifting of any kind, the recovery time is longer. Always discuss this with your plastic surgeon to be entirely sure when you’re able to go back to work.

What Are the Side Effects of Breast Surgery?

Breast augmentations are very safe procedures, where only a few patients experience side effects. Side effects can include bruising, swelling, and some pain. For the first few days, you will be on pain medication to ensure you’re as comfortable as you can be.


Most Famous K-Pop Plastic Surgeries In South Korea 2021

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Have you always wanted to get that K-pop star look? Plastic surgery can be done to achieve the look you are after. In this article, you’ll be introduced to some of the plastic surgery procedures that K-pop Idols get and learn how to get them, too!

K-Pop Double Eyelid

The double eyelid procedure is one of the most well-known plastic surgery procedures in the world. Having balanced double eyelids can make the eyes look bigger while providing a fresher and less sleepy look. This surgery is done either by the non-incision method or the incisional method. The non-incision method requires stitching to be done on the upper part of the eyelid. One issue with this method is that it is not suitable for all cases and that the results may not be permanent.  The incisional method is suitable for all cases and works by creating or re-creating the double eyelid line then using sutures to hold the line in place. The stitches are removed 5-7 days after surgery. Some patients may require removal of excess skin and fat. This is known as upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Others may have too much of their upper eyelid covering their pupil. In this case, they would require ptosis correctly. Ptosis correction fixes the saggy eyelid or sleepy eyelid look. Other patients may not have enough fat between their upper eyelids and their brow bone. These patients would require fat grafting or fat injections to be done. 

There are other procedures that go really well with the double eyelid procedure. If you would like either the medial or lateral sides of your eyes to be wider than medial and lateral canthoplasty (known as epicanthoplasty) can be done. If you have bags or dark circles under your eyes then fat repositioning, fat extraction and fat grafting can be done. If you have wrinkles under or over your eyes then blepharoplasty is a good option. Lastly, if you have wrinkles at the sides of your eyes then a bit of Botox will help for 2-4 months at a time. 


There are many cases where at first it may seem that only one eye should be done. However, doing both eyes will give you the best results. Surgery on just a single eyelid can lead to more imperfection than is necessary.  

The recovery time for double eyelid surgery depends on which double eyelid procedure or procedures you had. The more invasive it is, the longer the swelling and possible bruising it will be. Swelling and bruising tends to rise for 2-3 days after surgery, hit its peak, settle then start to go down. A lot of icing at this point is recommended along with anti-swelling injections and laser light therapy. The swelling and bruising slowly go away and after 3 weeks or so you look much better. Full recovery takes place around the 3 month mark with the final bits of swelling taking up to 6 months. Internal healing can go on as long as 1 year but between 1-3 months you will look great to others. 

Nose Surgery - Rhinoplasty

Nose surgery or Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular procedures for K-Pop idols and their fans alike. This procedure alters the shape of your nose and can improve functionality. It can be done for medical reasons, such as difficulty breathing or cosmetic reasons. 

To understand how this procedure works, it’s essential to know that the nose has multiple parts; the upper nose bridge made of bone, the lower nose bridge made of cartilage, the sides of the nose bridge made of bone, the nose tip made of cartilage, the columella, the alars and the inner septal area. The areas that need to be improved vary from person to person and thus the type of surgery required is different for each person. Another essential thing to know is that the nose is a middle third of your face and is very prominent as the focal point. The nose has to mathematically match the angles on the lower and the upper third of your face taking into account the relative positions of your eyes, forehead, jaw, lips etc. An improvement in your nose can really positively affect your overall appearance as well as helping you to breath better. Open rhinoplasty is usually done meaning that the incision is made along the columella and is virtually invisible over time. 

The recovery time for this surgery is faster than you might expect. You will usually have a protective splint on your nose for 3-5 days after surgery. You may or may not have packing inside for 2-3 days. Taping usually is done for 1 week after surgery. You can experience bruising under your eyes and swelling around your eyes and on your nose. This improves dramatically fast over the next 2-3 weeks. Around the 3-4 week mark, your nose will look swelled to you but to others it will seem normal. Most swelling goes away around the 3 month mark and full recovery takes place over 3-6 months. Internally healing can last for around 1 year. 

Jaw surgery - Mandible Jaw Reduction Surgery

K-pop stars are often looking to make their faces appear smaller and get a more V shaped look to their jaw lines. . To achieve this, jaw surgery (and cheekbone surgery) can help. 

Jaw surgery is where a doctor will alter your jawline to create a more slim look. A plastic surgeon will operate on your jaw by shaving it down to the wanted shape. This surgery can help people with asymmetry in their jaw and is recommended to be done when the growth process of the jaw stops. This is at 14-16 years old for females (but it is recommended that you wait until at least 21 years old), and for men, this is at 17-21 years old. The surgery can consist of either a short cut along the mandible or a longer cut going towards the jaw. Some patients with strong underbites may qualify for double jaw surgery which is more invasive but provides a larger change.

The recovery time for this surgery is longer than for other procedures. Seoul Guide Medical recommends that you give yourself at least 21 days post surgery in Korea. The bare minimum should be at least 15 days in Korea as you will need to come repeatedly to the clinic for aftercare treatment. Swelling tends to go down around the 2 week point and progressively improve to the 3 month mark. The final last bits of swelling go away after 6 months but internal healing can take up to 1 year.

Cheekbone Reduction - Zygoma Reduction Surgery

K-pop idols often tend to reduce their cheekbones in order to achieve a smaller face look. This is known as zygoma reduction surgery. This procedure alters your cheekbone to create a less broad appearance. 

A plastic surgeon will cut the zygoma bone in this surgery, also known as the cheekbone. Once the needed cuts are made, the bone is rotated and pushed into its new position and excess bone discarded. This creates a much smaller face and is often done with other surgeries such as jaw surgery and genioplasty or chin surgery. These surgeries complement the zygoma reduction and create a better balance to the face shape. Not all patients qualify for all procedures so make sure you speak with an expert Seoul Guide Medical consultant first. 

The recovery with this surgery is less than with jaw surgery but you should still give yourself at least 2 weeks in Korea post surgery if possible. There tends to be less dramatic bruising with this surgery but swelling will proceed for 2-3 days, stabilize then go down over the next 2-3 weeks. At the 3 month mark you are around 90-95% de-swelled with the remainder going down by the 6th month mark.

Chin Surgery - Genioplasty

Chin surgery, also known as genioplasty or mini V-Line surgery, is a procedure where the doctor alters the chin to look more defined or more refined. It’s done to create more symmetry and, therefore, more harmony in your face. The chin can be shaped, slid forwards or backwards and have volume reduced from it. Everyone’s needs are different and thus the kind of cuts needed will be determined during your personalized treatment plan creation by SGM. 

The recovery time for this surgery depends on how you treat the area afterwards. It recovers along the same lines as zygoma reduction but with less bruising and swelling. Any swelling that is there lasts for about 2-3 weeks and comes down quickly. Full recovery happens by the 6 month mark with residual swelling going down to nothing around the 6 month mark. 

Breast augmentation

Having the best figure is vital in the ladies of the K-Pop world. Many idols undergo breast augmentation. Natural-looking and natural-feeling breasts are the most common requested results for those in the K-pop world. 

The first thing to consider when talking about breast augmentation is the kind of implant that is best suited for you. There are round implants which give you more volume at the top of the breast area. There are also anatomically shaped implants which provide a more natural look with the bottom portion of the breast having more volume. There are also top of the line implants (they are more expensive) like Motiva implants which change shape depending on your position. They mimic the natural way breasts move when lying down, bending and standing. The next thing to consider is the placement of the implant. For some people, placing it over the muscle in the chest is less invasive and the results will look great. For others, especially those with less breast tissue to start off with, placing the implants under the muscle is a better strategy. Lastly, the incision location has to be chosen. The most common incision spots are under the breast fold (for larger implants) and in the wrinkles of the armpit area (for medium to smaller implants). You can also place implants through the areola, around the nipple but this is less common. 

Some patients who want a minor change (about half to one cup size in difference) opt for fat grafting or fat transfer to happen. Fat is removed from your belly or the back of your thigh and transferred to the breast area. Usually two fat grafting sessions spread at least 3-4 weeks apart and less than 3 months apart are done. If you are naturally thin and don’t have a lot of fat to start off with, this option may not be for you. Seoul Guide Medical will help you to choose what is right for you during your 1:1 consultation with our experts. 

In some cases where the existing breast tissue has sagged to undesirable levels, a breast lift can be done. Breast lifts are often accompanied by implants even if the patient has a lot of breast tissue naturally. A more desirable shape can be achieved with implants. 

SGM recommends that you are in Korea for a minimum of 15 days post surgery for breast augmentation. If you can stay in Korea for 3 weeks that would be even better. You will have stitches removed after 10-14 days usually. The recovery for breast augmentation is a bit difficult for the first 2-3 days but improves dramatically quickly. Something to note is that due to swelling, patients often like the larger size of the new implants but then when the swelling goes down, they wish they had chosen a larger size to start off with. This is why it is key to trying on different implant sizes under a tight shirt at the clinic during your consultation. The correct size depends on what you want and also on what the doctor recommends. Some sizes may not suit your body correctly and the doctor will inform you of the idea range for your body type. 

Dental Braces and Veneers

Most K-pop stars have awards winning smiles. Those who had the time underwent braces treatment when they were younger. Those who needed their teeth alignment fixed as adults did it via Invisalign or other clear aligner braces systems. Those who did not want to spend 6-36 months with braces opted for porcelain veneers to be done. In top clinics like the Oaks Dental Clinic, you can get the K-pop or Hollywood smile done in as little as 1 day depending on their bookings. 

There are two methods with veneers. The first method (no prep) involves no shaving of the enamel to be done and thin veneers are placed on top of the teeth. This method is only suitable for people that have large gaps between their teeth and have undersized teeth. Most people will qualify for prepped veneers which involves the shaving of the tooth enamel to an inverted triangle of sorts. This allows for proper placement of the veneers. Dr. Chulmin Bae from the Oaks Dental Clinic explains, “Veneers should be done in pairs. You can get sets of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc. The minimum amount of veneers should be the number of teeth that appear in your visible smile line. You can look at yourself in the mirror, smile normally with an open smile and count the number of teeth that you see”. There is no recovery for this treatment. Once they are placed, you are good to go. Veneers last on average 12 years but it depends on how well you take care of your teeth. They could last a lot longer or shorter depending on your dental health.

What’s Next?

At Seoul Guide Medical, we have helped K-pop stars and their fans alike to improve their looks. Although you are beautiful the way you are, it can give you increased self-confidence, and even boost your career. 

SGM makes sure you get the best clinics and to the best doctors to achieve that K-Pop look! Together with the plastic surgeons, dentists, aestheticians, and whoever you need, we can set up the perfect, customized treatment plan for you. 

At Seoul Guide Medical, our motto is “Happy patients, always.” To make sure we live up to the motto, we start getting involved from the first moment we contact you. We schedule a free online consultation to discuss your wants and needs and develop different treatment plans. Together with you, we choose the right option that suits your desires. After this, the consultation with the clinics, the appointment(s), and all the way into the surgery room, we’re here for you: helping and advising you where possible.

After the procedure, we’re right at your side when you wake up and go with you to the aftercare appointments. This article features different procedures, so the amount of aftercare can differ per procedure, but we will be there whenever you need us. 

For any additional questions or to make an appointment with our excellent staff, you can contact us with the following information.


What Are The Costs of The Surgeries?

We don’t provide costs for the surgeries because everybody is different and their wants and needs as well. Set prices are difficult to give since the price depends on several factors, such as the complexity of your case, the doctor’s level, and the clinic’s level. 

We give some price ranges, but even those are vast and don’t give an actual price. For exact costs, it’s better to contact us through one of the many ways, and together with the treatment plan, we can then give you a price customized to your unique case. 

For some price ranges, it’s best to go to the articles we already have written, such as Genioplasty, Rhinoplasty, Jaw surgery,and Cheekbone Reduction.

Which Surgery Do K-pop Idols Have The Most?

Plastic surgeries K-Pop Idols have the most are:

  • double eyelids
  • rhinoplasty
  • V-line (jaw, chin and zygoma)
  • veneers

What Are The Best Ways To Minimize the Recovery Time?

To minimize the recovery time, you should:

  • eat healthy (a plant based diet is a winner)
  • exercise
  • follow all aftercare instructions

How Much Time Do I Need in Korea for Surgery?

It depends on what surgery you had but normally about 10-21 days.

Genioplasty: Your Guide To Chin Surgery In South Korea

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Have you always wanted a chin that suited your face better? Many people have undergone genioplasty to obtain a more symmetrical look and find that genioplasty or mini V-line surgery has helped them. Korea is the world leader in plastic surgery and the leaders in v-line (chin) surgery.  Below is a step-by-step guide on what to expect when getting genioplasty in South Korea through Seoul Guide Medical.

What Is Genioplasty?

Genioplasty surgery, also known as mini V-Line surgery or V-Line, is where you alter your chin to create more harmony and symmetry in the face. V-Line is sometimes considered just surgery on the chin or it can be considered as surgery for the jaw and chin. Surgery for the jaw is known also as mandible jaw reduction or square jaw reduction. Mandible jaw reduction can have a short cut which does not touch the chin or a long cut which shapes the sides of the chin. For further improvements on the chin, a type of genioplasty procedure is needed.

Because everyone has different face structures, the type of genioplasty best suited for you will be recommended by a Seoul Guide Medical approved plastic surgeon, and the excellent staff here at SGM. Genioplasty can be used to improve abnormal dental bite positions, chins that are too tall or too short, chins that have asymmetry, chins that are misaligned, chins that are too large, chins that are too extended, chins that are too weak (retrogenia) and chins that are receding.

As you can see in the image above, different chin conditions require different surgical cuts.

The Procedure In Detail

Most genioplasty surgeries will take about 1 hour to complete, but this can be longer or shorter depending on your case. After the surgery, you may have to stay in the hospital for 1 night for observation and care, after which you can head to your accommodations.  

Before you undergo surgery, you will have online consultations with our team at SGM, an in clinic consultation with the doctor who will perform your surgery, fill out documentation for your surgery and have everything explained to you with the final confirmation coming from you. Once you complete your paperwork, you will be taken to the surgery room for preparation. The preparation can take anywhere from 15-40 minutes but it can take longer depending on the case. At this point you are awake and thinking happy thoughts. Once the preparation is done, the anesthesiologist will let you know it is time to go to sleep. This surgery is normally done under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the surgery and not be able to move making the procedure safe. Once the surgery begins, the following procedure will take place (please note it can change depending on the case):

  1. The plastic surgeon cuts along the border of the lower jaw and the inside of the lower lip, inside the mouth. There is no external cut and no external stitches afterwards.
  2. He/She then makes an incision in the layer of softer tissue to gain access to the chin bone.
  3. When the doctor accesses the chin bone, he/she makes a small vertical cut in the chin, using it as a referencing point during the operation.
  4. Horizontal osteotomy is performed below the bottom teeth. The surgeon can change the height of the chin depending on how high she/he makes the cut. If you want your chin to be smaller, the surgeon can also remove a piece of bone to make the chin smaller. 
  5. How you want your chin to look or what is needed for your chin determines the outcome of this next step. Here the bone can slide forward, backward, or sideways. Any rough edges will be filed away, and the doctor checks the new alignment.
  6. The next step would be to reattach the chin bone to the jaw with screws and possibly a plate (more on this a bit later).
  7. The plastic surgeon closes the wound with stitches (often dissolving stitches) and places compression tape over the front and sides to minimize swelling.

Different kinds of cuts

Different kinds of cuts result in different face shapes. You may need one or multiple cuts to get the look that you want. Your treatment plan has to be customized. What type of cut you’ll need for your chin or face shape and your wants and needs will all be discussed in the consultation with the doctor. Our highly skilled staff at Seoul Guide Medical will guide you through everything you need to know so that you’ll have the most comfortable experience possible.

In this type of surgery, your chin can be altered to form a better balance and symmetry in your face. The plastic surgeon may shape your chin in a particular shape to obtain this. What shape this is, depends on what your natural face shape is. Therefore, a plastic surgeon can make different kinds of cuts. This can be:

  • Y-osteotomy

  • Pyramid-Osteotomy 

  • W-Osteotomy 

  • M-Osteotomy 

Before and After Photos

To get a better sense of what is possible, you can see before and after photos. The change can be slight or major. It is really up to your needs and wants along with your own body’s limitations.

Recovery Time and Process After Surgery

After the surgery, you may have to stay in the hospital for 1 night to ensure everything goes according to plan and there are no complications. The doctor will check your condition the next morning, get an antibiotic and deswelling injection and you will be released. 

  1. Usually, 3 days after the surgery, the second check-up will follow, where we will disinfect, check the progress, and provide you with a shampoo service, since washing your hair can be difficult after such a surgery.
  2. 1 week or less later, de-swelling and cell regeneration is done using laser light therapy. 
  3. 10-14 days later stitches are removed for those but some people may have dissolving stitches which do not need to be removed. Radio frequency or ultrasonic devices may be used at this time or earlier to speed up the healing process.
  4. At this point you are free and looking much better as swelling has gone down. If you meet a new person, they may not know you had surgery at all but you will most likely look at your chin and still feel swollen. This improves more after 3-4 weeks. After 3 months you can consider it 90-95% healed and after 6 months it is 99% healed in most cases. Internal healing takes place fully over 6-12 months usually.

Genioplasty, like any surgery, is going to take some time to completely heal. For internal healing, it’s a lot slower as stated above, but the swelling recovery is faster.

Is It Right For Me?

In this plastic surgery article we have shown the different types of cases that qualify for genioplasty but to be suitable for this surgery you have to hold the right expectations. There is no procedure that will give you 100% perfect symmetry and fulfill every last bit of expectation because everyone is limited by their own body. In fact, at any plastic surgeon anywhere in the world you will most likely sign a waiver stating that perfect symmetry is not guaranteed and that the clinic has explained to you what is possible in your case. Basically, you should be looking to maximize what is possible for you. Yes, you will look better. Yes, you will maximize your look. Yet, you should accept that there are limitations and those limitations will be explained to you during your consultation. 

  • long chin

  • short chin

  • short and receding chin

Pre-Surgery Information

Before genioplasty, it’s essential to know what you can and cannot do. Here are a few things you may be instructed not to do before the surgery. Remember that this list is generic, so things may change due to the doctor’s instructions.

  • Get enough rest. Your body can heal the best and the fastest when you’re resting.
  • Eat enough vegetables and fruit. Good nutrition is always important, but now your body needs even more nutrition because of the surgery. Stay away from processed meats, fried foods etc.
  • Drink enough water. As said earlier, your body needs to have good nutrition. Fluids are essential as well.
  • Stop drinking alcohol for at least two days before surgery or much more if possible.
  • Stop smoking at least 1 week before surgery if possible. Smoking slows the healing process down and increases the risk of any complications.
  • Do ask SGM all the questions you have.
  • Prepare a zip up hoodie or something similar that you don’t have to place over your head.
  • Remove all nail polish and piercings if possible.
  • Let SGM guide you so you can focus on getting your mind ready without worrying about all the logistics.


Determining the price for any surgery is difficult since it depends on many factors such as the complexity of the case, the level of the clinic, the level of the doctor, how experienced the doctor is, whether they are a specialist or not. All of these factors influence the price.

To give you a price range, genioplasty surgery is often between 3000 USD and 10,000 USD for top surgeons to do it. Keep in mind that complex cases such as revisions can be much more expensive than first time surgeries. Remember that paying too little is a recipe for disaster as you get what you pay but it isn’t always necessary to pay the most either. SGM will give you a range of different doctors, clinics and different pricing points so you can make your decision.

Additional Surgeries

Additional surgeries for this genioplasty could be square jaw reduction surgery, v-line surgery, cheekbone surgery and rhinoplasty surgery. These procedures are often done together for better overall balance.

What’s The Next Step?

Now that you know what genioplasty is, what the procedure is about, and whether or not you are suited for this surgery, the best thing to do now is contact us. We can answer your questions and schedule an appointment for a free consultation. In this consultation, we can develop a treatment plan that we will discuss with plastic surgeons to get you the best care and doctor for your case. 

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We’d love to get to hear from you and hope to see you soon!


Is Genioplasty Painful?

This is the number one question patients ask. We can assure you, genioplasty is not a painful procedure. You will be completely asleep during the surgery due to the general anesthesia. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate pain medication because you will experience some discomfort days after the procedure. Pain should completely be gone over the following weeks.

How Long Does Swelling Last?

The chin and lower lip will swell, and you may experience difficulty talking or drinking. This is all normal since you’ve had major surgery done on your chin. After two to three days, the swelling will peak, and then it will slowly decrease in about two weeks. Keep in mind that every patient is different and can change or differ from the description above. 

When Can I Start Brushing My Teeth After Genioplasty?

After having chin surgery, brushing your teeth can be difficult. Using a mouthwash is recommended, and after 3-5 days, you can begin to use a soft toothbrush. The doctor will discuss this in better detail. Following the doctor’s instructions is highly recommended since they know what’s best for your case. 

Does Genioplasty Cause Numbness?

Because of the surgery, your chin and bottom can be numb and feel tingly after the surgery. Feeling this is normal and should subside. It takes several months to disappear, but this is different for every patient.

Can I Eat After Mini V-Line Surgery?

After surgery, you can eat. However, it’s advised to only eat soft foods or liquids. The surgery wounds will be in your mouth, so you should be careful with what you eat and keep the food soft until you can tolerate harder foods again or when your doctor says it’s okay to eat something harder. Because everyone heals differently, it’s recommended to always ask your doctor beforehand for permission. 

When Can I Smoke After Genioplasty Surgery?

Smoking decreases the healing process, and it is recommended to not smoke at all during the three weeks after the procedure. Always discuss this with your doctor beforehand and afterward and follow their instructions.

What Can I Do To Heal The Fastests?

It’s always important to follow the doctor’s instructions since they know your case the best. It can help you to the best of their capabilities. However, you could do a few things after the surgery to heal the fastest. This includes:

  • Rest enough. Rest is the key to letting your body heal.
  • Go for short walks, about 5-10 minutes. Try not to elevate your heart rate. Although rest is important, walking and moving around is also a good thing to do. 
  • Eat healthily. Eat vegetables and fruits; good nutrition is an excellent idea to get started and heal the fastest.

Always discuss things like this with your doctor since they may have different or additional ideas. 

Square Jaw Reduction: Procedure Steps, Recovery Time, Costs, and Much More

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Have you ever thought about getting square jaw reduction surgery? South Korea is the number one country in the world for this procedure. Seoul Guide Medical, the leading expert in the field of square jaw reduction, created this article to let you know everything you need to know about this procedure and whether it is right for you.

What Is Jaw Reduction Surgery?

Square jaw reduction surgery (part of V-line surgery), also known as mandibuloplasty or mandible reduction, is a procedure where a plastic surgeon permanently changes the shape of the lower jaw. This surgery is usually done to create a smaller jaw shape, a more curved jaw, and a smoother jawline. Because this surgery is done on the lower portion of the face, there are a lot of nerve endings and blood vessels in that area. Only an expert surgeon with vast experience should perform this procedure. The clinic that hosts this procedure must also have advanced medical and safety equipment that is not common in all clinics.

What the mandible jaw reduction entails differs from person to person and is predicated on their needs and wants. Some people want only their jaw to be done, whereas others could also be looking for chin reduction.

The goal of “V-line surgery” or “V-lining” is to make a face slimmer and create a balanced V-line. The amount of reduction you can get is determined by your wants and what is safely possible. It can be determined with a CT scan and computer analysis at the clinic. A V-shaped or smoother jawline can make a person look slimmer, younger, more symmetrical, and provide a softer look. 

There are two types of cuts that can be done when undergoing mandible jaw reduction. The first is called the shortcut, which goes from the back of the jaw bone to the middle of the jaw bone. The surgeon makes an incision from the inside of the mouth, designs on the bone, and then creates a diagonal cut and removes the measured amount needed with a handheld cutting tool. The jaw can then be smoothed out and shaped if needed.  No pins or plates are required. The doctor then sutures the area.

The other kind of cut is called the Long Cut. This goes from the back of the jaw bone to the front of the chin. It allows for the chin to be reduced on the sides and shaped.  Patients who get this kind of cut usually have an unbalanced, broad look to their chin that does not match the rest of their face and will not match the new look they are going for. Sutures will close the incision area once the excess bone material is removed and smoothed. No plates or screws are needed. 

At Seoul Guide Medical, we can provide you with the best plastic surgeons who have the utmost care for their patients. We have access to information that cannot be found online and know the systems of each of our partner clinics and how they work. We only choose the best surgeons and ensure you get the best chance of achieving your dream.

With both kinds of cuts, the skin and muscle must be pulled up and reattached to a better position. Because you will have less bone structure, there will be excess sagging if this is not done. 

Your Surgery Day Explained

Now that we explained the procedure in general, let’s move on to what you can expect during your visit to the clinic. Keep in mind that this is a description of the process in general, but it can vary from patient to patient. 

On Your Surgery Day

  1. The plastic surgeon will or would have already personally look(ed) at your bone structure and nerve endings using x-rays, CT-scan, and digital imaging scans. Their analysis will determine the maximum amount of bone that can be removed. You can then adjust that amount to your needs and wants. 
  2. You will go through detailed paperwork explaining your procedure(s) and sign a series of documents that explain everything about the process.
  3. Once you are ready and have gone to the washroom one last time before surgery, you will be taken to the surgical floor and prepared for surgery.
  4. This procedure requires general anesthesia, and thus you will have an anesthesiologist administering your anesthesia and monitoring you the entire time. You will fall asleep, and the surgery will begin. Because you are asleep, you will feel no pain during the procedure. 
  5. You will be woken up from the anesthesia and moved to a recovery room. You will usually stay there overnight, being monitored by nurses. This procedure is typically an inpatient one. We highly recommend staying overnight in the clinic for one night after the procedure.
  6. The next morning, the surgeon will come and check your condition and sign the papers for your discharge. You can then leave the clinic with the help of the SGM staff and go to your accommodations.
  7. You will need to come back to the clinic for regular checkups. We recommend staying in Seoul for a minimum of 14 days after this procedure and, if possible, 21 days. Please note: You may have a drain placed, which helps to gather excess blood. This is usually attached for 2-4 days, depending on your case.

Most patients do not get mandible jaw reduction alone. Most patients combining it with other V-line procedures to maximize their own symmetry. Common procedures done with square jaw reduction are buccal fat from the cheeks, zygoma reduction surgery, rhinoplasty, facial fat grafting, double chin liposuction, and thread lifting.

Recovery Time and Aftercare

As seen above, jaw reduction surgery is considered major surgery and there will be some side effects, such as:

  • Pain when you open your jaw or eat after surgery
  • Bruising, swelling, and inflammation after surgery
  • Headache (due to the anesthesia)
  • Nausea (due to anesthesia)

It’s essential to be aware of the risks and side effects. Still, you should also keep in mind that tens of thousands of these surgeries are performed in Korea each year, and there is no safer country in the world to do this surgery in.  Seoul Guide Medical is here to ensure you get the best treatment and care so you can focus on your recovery. 

You can usually turn to your daily activities after 2 – 3 weeks. Many patients in Korea go back to work after just a few days. After 1 – 2 weeks, you need to return for the stitches to be removed. The exact aftercare schedule changes from patient to patient. Still, it will involve antibiotic injections, medication, in-clinic cleanings and dressings, in-clinic laser light rejuvenation therapy, and more. 

After about 15 days, a large percentage of the swelling disappears, and you will look normal to others, but you will still think you are very swollen. After 3-4 works, 50-60 percent of the swelling has usually vanished. After three months, 85-95% of healing has occurred. By the six-month mark, you will be almost 100%, but internal healing can take up to 1 year to happen. 

Before and After Photos

Here are some before and after photos for you to have a clear view of what square jaw reduction surgery looks like on actual patients.

Is This For Me?

You are a great candidate for mandible jaw reduction (v-line) if:

  • You don’t like your square jaw
  • Your lower jaw is wide and round
  • Your jaw is longer or out of proportion to the rest of the face
  • You’d like a smoother look 
  • You’d like a smaller face

If you’ve read the options above, and you’ve said, “Yes, this is me,” then contact us at Seoul Guide Medical and let us help you get the look you are after.

Pre-Surgery Information

  • No drinking and no eating 8-12 hours before the surgery time. This could differ depending on the doctor’s recommendations
  • No vitamins, supplements, anti-inflammatory medicine for two weeks before surgery if possible
  • No smoking if possible, no drinking alcohol for at least three days before surgery
  • Try to eat healthy foods for as long as you can before surgery

On the day of the surgery, it is best to wear loose-fitting clothes, no jewelry, no makeup, no nail polish or fake nails, and no contact lenses.

The ultimate advice is to be as healthy as possible before the surgery. So, eating vegetables and fruits will improve your healing process as well. However, it’s best to discuss your food intake or diet with the doctor or the SGM staff since everyone is different. 


Determining a price for plastic surgery can be difficult since it depends on a few factors, such as the level of clinic, the doctor’s experience, the complexity of a specific case, whether it is a revision case or not, and the length of time of the surgery. 

With that being said, the price range for a square jaw reduction in Korea ranges from  5000 – 20000 USD. As you can see, this is a very big price range, and in most cases, you won’t be paying 20.000 USD. However, 20,000 USD may be a great price, it all depends on your case. In plastic surgery, you get what you pay for but we can make sure you are getting the best quality for your money.

Why choose SGM to help you? We have been doing this for over 10 years, already have all the information, have all the connections, are experts, have government licenses and approvals, and have a dedicated staff to make this daunting task easier on you. We are more than just translators, we are experts and can guide you from start to finish.

What About Additional Surgeries?

This procedure could be combined with other surgeries such as zygoma reduction, masseter muscle reduction, or genioplasty (chin reduction). It could be an option to gain the best and optimal results and better facial balance and symmetry. 

We want to discuss what works the best for you, together with you! Our staff works together with different plastic surgeons, and we will develop several treatment plans, so you can choose the best one that works for you.

Contact Information

If you have more questions, doubts, or want to get in touch with us, please do so at: 

Phone: +82-10-5920-5546

Email: [email protected]

Website at

You are never alone with SGM.  


Is Jaw Reduction Surgery Safe?

Every surgery comes with a few risks but through careful planning, exceptional plastic surgeons, and our staff we can limit the risks to a minimum. All of our plastic surgeons are government-licensed and create a safe operating environment through using CCTV. They are highly skilled and perform a lot of jaw reduction surgeries. 

Is Jaw Reduction Surgery Painful?

This procedure is done under general anesthesia so during the surgery you won’t feel any pain. Afterward, you can experience some pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation but this is all normal since it’s major surgery. This will usually subside at 2-3 weeks, but it is all dependable on the complexity and severity of your case. 

Can You Eat After Jaw Surgery?

After any surgery, it’s important to eat and drink enough since this will help your healing process. Because you’ve had surgery on your jaw it’s important to only have a liquid or pureed diet until your jaw has healed or when your doctor says it’s okay to eat something hard again.

How Can I Heal The Fastest From Surgery?

At all times, it’s crucial you follow the rules and regulations of your doctor. They want you to have a speedy recovery and know everything there is to know about healing the fastest you can. However, there are a few ground rules such as:

  • Take enough rest. Sleeping is important so that your body can have all the rest it needs to recover. You might even feel more tired after your surgery, which is a sign to go to sleep and take some rest.
  • Eat vegetables, fruits and drink enough. Eating and drinking are important as it provides you with enough nutrition and gives you everything you need for a fast recovery.
  • Go for small and light walks. Although taking enough rest is a good thing, taking too much rest isn’t good either. Try to go on small walks since this will also help in your healing process. Do take in mind that you can’t exercise, so the walks should be short, about 5 minutes

Anything else that is suggested or given as advice by the doctor should be followed.

After Cutting The Jaw Bone, Won’t It Grow Back Again?

After cutting the jaw bone, it will not grow back again. Sometimes, after surgery it can look like the bone has grown back. This is however not true. What you may experience is that the muscles in the jaw have grown, due to other factors. If you want this to be reduced, you could be looking for masseter muscle reduction.

What Is V-Line Surgery?

It’s a type of jaw reduction surgery, often used to slim and contour the lower jaw. This surgery involves the angle of the jaw, the mandible bones, and the chin. 

Your Guide to Getting Zygoma Reduction in Korea

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Have you ever thought about reducing your cheekbones? There are many people just like you who have thought about reducing their cheekbones and have undergone plastic surgery to get the look they want. This article, created by the experts at Seoul Guide Medical, will explain in detail an overview of what cheekbone reduction entails.

What is the Zygomatic Bone?

The cheekbone, also known as the Zygomatic or Zygoma bone, determines a large part of the face. It shapes the face and therefore also determines the facial width. This bone can be reduced and shaped to create a smaller protrusion resulting in a more well-balanced look. South Korean plastic surgeons are the pioneers in this field and the experts in zygoma reduction.

Here are a few things you need to think of before packing your bags and coming to South Korea for zygoma reduction through Seoul Guide Medical.

What You Need to Know:

As mentioned above, the cheekbone is also known as the zygoma bone. This bone goes from the upper part of the cheek, below the eye, near the nose. Then it continues from the upper part of the cheek, below the eye to near the sideburn area.

The Surgery

With this surgery, there are a few steps the plastic surgeon will follow. However, each plastic surgeon has their own “handwriting” so it may differ slightly. Generally, the surgery will take about 1 hour to complete. Here is what you can expect by going through Seoul Guide Medical on your surgery day:

  1) Our expert SGM in clinic consultant will take you through a final consultation and the paperwork needed to get your surgery.

  2) You will enter the surgery area and undergo anesthesia. This means you will be asleep during the procedure and not feel pain. This procedure is usually done under general anesthesia which requires fasting beforehand for 6-8 hours normally but this can change depending on the doctor’s methods. 

  3) The surgeon will make one incision inside the mouth and a second incision on skin, near the sideburn to provide access to the zygomatic bone (cheekbone). If the bone is simply cut vertically, only a small reduction is possible in facial width. To maximize your own body’s potential, expert surgeons can make two distinctive cuts. The first cut, near the nose area, can have High-L Osteotomy. This methods calculates the maximal malar projection (MMP), and then the most protruded part of the cheekbone can be reduced. This ensures a 30-9 degree wide area reduction of the cheekbone. By contrast, the Low-L Osteotomy method makes the cut or fracture on the bottom side of the zygoma allow thus only allowing a 45-90 degree lateral area reduction. The result of this method is a non-optimal reduction in the cheekbone.

The next cut the surgeon makes is near the ear and sideburn. If the cut is done in a diagonal manner, the most amount of protrusion reduction can occur. If the cut is done in a perpendicular manner, the reduction in facial width will be less. After each cut, the excess zygomatic bone will be removed and the remaining bone pushed inwards. 

  4) The cheekbone is reattached in desired place and fixated with screws to make it secured and so it can heal on its own. Drains are usually placed as to prevent excess fluid build-up. These will be removed the day after surgery. These screws won’t set off any metal detection alarms, such as those at the airport.


  5) The incisions are then closed with stitches and the healing process can begin.


This description can always change due to the patient’s needs. For this surgery, the bone needs to be double fixed and thus requires small screws with possible attaching plates. 

Screws and plates might sound scary but it’s for your own benefit. These processes help the cheekbone to heal correctly without causing permanent damage. Dissolving screws and plates can also be used in cases like this but there isn’t a lot of research done on it yet. Possible issues could be infection due to low degradation. If an infection occurs and it is too severe, the plates need to be removed or if there is no plate, internal damage could occur. Therefore, we recommend the standard titanium screws, because we know that they work. It has proven itself over time.

Low-L Osteotomy and High-L Osteotomy

As described in the previous steps, there are two main methods to reduce cheekbone projection from the front part near the nose. This area has the greatest impact on the reduction of facial width so we will explain it in a bit more detail here. 

There are 2 different kinds of cuts when it comes to this surgery. One is Low-L osteotomy, also known as Low-L, which is a cut at between 45-90 degrees. This is done by creating a cut towards the backside of the cheekbone’s highest point. However, an issue with this cut can be that there is not enough reduction and the change would be too small for the patient’s satisfaction. 

The method that is mostly preferred is the High-L Osteotomy, also known just as High-L, which is a cut at between 30-90 degrees. This is done by creating a cut towards the front of the cheekbone. This cut provides more volume to be reduced which can satisfy the patient the best. 

To put it simply: A Low-L cut will give you a small reduction and a High-L cut will give a bigger reduction.

After Surgery

Since cheekbone reduction is considered to be major surgery, there will be some side effects. You could experience the following things:



      Anaesthesia risks

      Hematoma and skin discoloration




This is why choosing only the top team to perform your surgery is important and why Seoul Guide Medical exists. We are here to make sure you get the best doctors, the best team, and the best experience. Our recommended plastic surgeon will of course explain everything to you and have the utmost care for you as their patient. 

After the surgery, it is recommended not to exercise too strenuously for 1-2 months and only go on short walks. Walking is important for your recovery as it speeds it up. Staying in bed all day actually slows it down. Here is an outline of the recovery schedule that you can expect but it will differ a bit from person to person:

First, there is the day of the surgery. We will assist and be at your complete service to make this day as comfortable as possible. When you wake up after the surgery we will be there as well to help you with anything you might need.

Aftercare Visits

The day of the surgery and is now over and we’ll transfer to the aftercare visits. The first visit is already after 3 days. On this day they’ll disinfect the wound, check the process, and as an additional treatment will provide you with shampoo service. 

The next visit is a week after surgery where we will take you to the clinic again and APL or infrared management that helps cleanse and remove dead skin cells, regenerate skin and relieve swelling. 

The third visit is two weeks after the surgery. On this day the sutures will be removed, and the plastic surgeon will use RF radio frequency or ultrasonic treatment for healing and reducing the swelling.

After this, the visits get a lot less frequent. There should be periodic progress checks in the next 1 to 6 months, where the surgeon will perform a CT scan or X-ray to check on the internal healing process. 

The healing process is as followed. After 1-3 months 80% of the wounds have been healed. In this time period, you can return to your daily things. However, you should still be careful with the restrictions the doctor gave you beforehand, like no smoking, no swimming and if you practice boxing, don’t receive hits to the face or don’t box for the time being. 

After 6 months 95% of the wounds have been healed. However, things could still be sore and you should treat the area with care. You’re now halfway through the healing face and although 95% of the wounds have been healed, it still isn’t 100%. 

After 12 months 99% of the wounds have recovered. At this stage, internal healing will go at a much slower rate and it can take up to 1-2 years for full internal healing in some cases. Most cases will have recovered fully internally at this point. 

As for the swelling, after 1 month you will look normal to others but you’ll see some swelling. This swelling will be 80% gone by 3 months. From this time on, improvements in swelling will go slower. After 6 months all swelling should be gone and only internal healing is left. 

Before and After Photos

To get a better visual idea of what the surgery will do and how it’ll make your face look, here are some photos for you to visualize it better.

Is it for me?

First, it’s very important to know if this is something for you. If you’re not satisfied with your facial width because of the broadness of the cheekbones, then this procedure could be for you. Do note that the best individuals for this procedure are:

      Individuals who have broad cheeks due to wide cheekbones

      Individuals who have good overall health 

      Individuals who are not satisfied with their facial width due to their “chubby” cheeks

      Individuals that have realistic expectations of the results of the surgery 

The last point about having realistic expectations of the results of the surgery is very important. Often it is found that when people want to undergo surgery, they have an image in their mind of the end result. This however might not be realistic. When undergoing zygomatic reduction surgery, the plastic surgeon will cut into bone. In the face are a lot of nerves and blood vessels and other structures thus are limited to what the final result can be. The result has to be in balance with your other features and is limited by your own structures. You will be able to improve as much as you can improve so having realistic expectations is key.

What can I do before the surgery?

First, it’s important to remember that cheekbone reduction surgery or zygoma reduction is considered to be major surgery. This means that patients have to follow strict preparation instructions before they undergo surgery. This entails:

No drinking or eating at least 6 hours before the start of the operation but some doctors prefer fasting to happen for longer periods

No aspirin, anti-inflammatory, and herbal medication approximately 2 weeks before the scheduled operation

No smoking at least 4 weeks before the procedure if possible

No alcoholic beverages 2 days before surgery

–          Stop taking vitamins for 1-2 weeks before the surgery according to the doctor’s recommendations

Seoul Guide Medical staff is here to assist

At Seoul Guide Medical we want you to have the best experience in plastic surgery done in Korea. Our excellent staff is here to help you with all your questions and with the journey you’re going to take.

We provide online consultation with our staff. They know everything there is to know about plastic surgery and can answer all of your questions. After this conversation, Seoul Guide Medical develops a treatment plan in collaboration with many specialists and gives you different options depending on your needs. You tell us what you want, and we’ll arrange everything. There’s no need for searching online and looking at dozens of skin clinics, we will do that for you! We have collaborations with only the best plastic surgeons and they are all government licensed, which means you’re in safe hands!

After you’ve chosen the best treatment plan for you, it’s time to come to Korea and we will be supporting and helping you in any way possible all the way up until the surgery day. So in short, we go with you to the clinic, help you with the paperwork and make sure you have the best and most comfortable trip to Korea. 

As mentioned earlier, we only choose the top professionals in their field, all of the doctors are government verified, and the clinics all use CCTV which makes it a safe area to perform. 

In summary, our Seoul Guide Medical staff will take care of you before you come, while you’re in Korea and always be here for you in the future. 

How much will it cost?

The price range is difficult to determine since there are a lot of factors that all play a role. These are things like the level of clinic, the difficulty of the case and the length, time of the surgery, and the level of doctor within the clinic. For example: is the doctor a specialist? How much experience does he have? How often do they perform the procedure? We at Seoul Guide Medical check all of this and all of the doctors are SGM-verified.

With this being said, and mentioning again that all of these factors play a role in the price range, the price range for Zygomatic reduction surgery is around 4000 USD  to 9000 USD. Paying the most expensive price is not always necessary but it depends on your case.  Similarly, expert doctors will not want to do surgeries at the lowest pricing points since they are in demand and their schedules are full. The exact pricing point is best determined by going through a Seoul Guide Medical full consultation and getting a customized treatment plan. 

What’s next?

If you’re ready to come to Korea and create a smaller face by using our services, contact us at Seoul Guide Medical.

Our experts are waiting to help you out and give you the best experience in plastic surgery in Korea!

If you would like to come to Korea for plastic surgery, skin care, laser eye surgery, hair transplantation, dentistry, or other medical procedures, contact us for a free consultation at:

Or by calling/texting us on:

Phone (WhatsApp/Kakao/Line): +82-10-5920-5546 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-7pm, Sat 10am-2pm Seoul time.


Will the metal screws and plate in the Zygomatic bone be seen when going to security at the airport?

How long does it take for a cheekbone to heal?

Even with the screws (and plates) in place it still takes about 6 weeks to heal completely. During this period it’s important to be careful to avoid an injury to this area of your face as it may cause the cheekbone to move out of position.

Does it hurt to have cheekbone reduction surgery?

According to plastic surgeons, cheekbone reduction surgery can be experienced with a minimal amount of pain. At Seoul Guide Medical we’re happy to help if you have any concerns.

If I get cheekbone reduction surgery, will I get sagging cheeks?

For those people who experience sagging skin easily, such as who has less elasticity in their skin, the doctor can perform a skin tightening technique where an anchoring system is placed on the inside, towards the nose, of the screws and plate. This will make sure the skin keeps its tightness.

What can I eat after cheekbone surgery?

The incisions will also be on the inside of your mouth, therefore it could be best to avoid hard and sharp foods, like chips or candy. Try to eat soft food such as rice porridge or soups.

How can I heal faster after plastic surgery?

To heal the fastest you should: Take all medication the doctor prescribed Walking is a great way to speed up your recovery Maintain a healthy diet. Include lots of fruit and vegetables. Although walking is great, taking enough rest is important as well Follow-up appointment. If you follow these and maybe additional things you’re doctor has said, you’ll heal in the best and fastest way possible.

Who is not a good candidate for cheekbone reduction surgery?

What are additional surgeries that can go well with this surgery?

Getting Rhinoplasty Surgery in Korea 2021

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Since the beginning of COVID19, many markets have struggled, and medical tourism is no exception. Though South Korea boasts one of the most successful markets for plastic surgery, mainly plastic surgery clinics in Seoul, it has also had a drastic decline in foreign patients due to the closing of borders and quarantine restrictions implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Previously, some of the most sought-after cosmetic surgeries and procedures included anti-aging, face contouring, breast surgery, and of course, rhinoplasty. Korean plastic surgery holds an international standard with competitive pricing, especially compared to the United States prices. This makes traveling to Korea for rhinoplasty an enticing idea for many. However, the global pandemic halted the plans of a large majority of people who had started taking steps towards realizing this goal. Thankfully, most recently, the Korean government has begun talking about lessening quarantine restrictions, which is a positive sign for potentially starting to open borders up again soon. Here are some guidelines for what to expect when getting rhinoplasty in South Korea if you are a preemptive planner.

The Basics

Rhinoplasty, which is also often referred to as a ‘nose job,’ is altering the nose structure and shape. The main goal of any nose job is to balance all individual parts of the nose and the face. In the past years, this procedure has shifted its focus more so on augmenting parts of the nose that lacked to achieve said balance, as opposed to changing the natural anatomy of the nose and risk potential side effects later on. This surgical procedure has two different approaches: ‘open’ or ‘closed surgery.

Open (external)

-As stated, the main goal of this procedure has shifted to cartilage preservation and small changes to the structure of the nose. Plastic surgeons will create a small cut on the column between both nostrils, referred to as the columella. Though the scar is created exteriorly, most of the scars left behind are quite discrete if not entirely inconspicuous. This gives plastic surgeons the clearest view of your nose structure, therefore generally allowing for the most favorable results to be achieved. This method is most always used for any secondary or more nose jobs. Some steps you might expect during a successful open rhinoplasty include:

  1. Opening the nose
  2. Septoplasty
  3. Dorsal hump reduction
  4. Spreader grafts or flaps
  5. Nasal base stabilization
  6. Nasal tip contouring
  7. Dorsal augmentation
  8. Alar rim grafts
  9. Alar base reduction
  10. Osteotomies
  11. Closure
  12. Taping and casting

Closed (internal)

-Plastic surgeons will create the cut inside the nose, which means all scars will be hidden. This method is mostly only available as an option to people getting their primary rhinoplasty, meaning their first. As mentioned, the focus is on the retention of as much of the original structure as possible. Some steps you may expect in this procedure include:

  1. Creating the cut inside the nose
  2. Hump removal
  3. Osteotomies
  4. Tip modification
  5. Septoplasty
  6. Turbinate reduction
  7. Closing
  8. Taping and Casting

Revision Rhinoplasty

This is for anyone who has already had a primary rhinoplasty as is receiving a second or more. This sort of rhinoplasty is significantly more tedious than an initial rhinoplasty. There is always some uncertainty about what the previous surgeon did and the next steps that will need to be taken to correct them. This is also why open (external) rhinoplasty is virtually mandatory for patients with more than one surgery. This allows the surgeon to see what the previous surgeon did and what they can do to correct it. 

Secondary rhinoplasty is generally only done to correct previous mistakes the plastic surgeons made structurally or aesthetically or to correct breathing problems. Typically a second nose job will focus on augmenting; therefore, grafts from the ribs or ear will probably need to be taken and used to create that structure.

Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty

This is often referred to as a liquid nose job, as it only involves fillers. The standard fillers used are Hyaluronic acid (HA) or calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa). These are used for subtle changes in the nose without any surgery or in combination with a procedure (post-surgery is best). These have the advantage of being cost-efficient, offering minimal downtime, and being dissolvable if you do not like the results. However, there are some things to consider, such as the fact that they are not permanent, so they will require continued injections and some dangerous side effects if not performed by an experienced surgeon, such as blindness or tissue death at the injection site. If you are looking for significant reconstruction of the nose, surgery is still the best method, as too much filler to try to imitate the results of surgery can put you at a higher risk for these problems. 

If you are looking for clinics or medical facilities to begin your journey with, it is highly recommended to reach out to clinics through their online consultations. These should be free and a great way to accumulate any information you might need before making any final decisions. If it is not free, that is a big red flag to stay away. It’s never too soon to start planning for a decision that may make a world of difference to you and your daily life.


Is Korea good for rhinoplasty?

Korea is commonly referred to as the plastic surgery capital of the world and has lived up to the reputation since stepping into the spotlight a few decades ago. It offers some of the most highly skilled plastic surgeons, who not only have perfected the skills necessary to perform the perfect rhinoplasty but who have even improved upon current methods. It has also created a medical tourism market that is easy to navigate, so it’s painless and minimum effort from you when you do come here.

Is Nose plastic surgery cheaper in Korea?

Yes! You can expect the range of prices to sit anywhere from $3,500-$4,500 for a simple, first-time operation, which may increase up to $10,000 for more complex surgeries. This is quite favorable, considering in the USA, the starting price for a simple, first-time operation tends to be about $5,000- $10,000.

Plastic Surgery in Korea 2021

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The world has been on lockdown due to Coronavirus for over a year now, which means any travel plans had to be postponed. This was most unfortunate for people who were considering coming to Korea to have a medical procedure completed. Though Korea has been one of the countries that handled COVID-19 the most effectively and efficiently, it does not mean it has been able to eradicate the virus entirely. Additionally, to keep the virus under control, it has had to create many restrictive regulations such as:


  1. Keeping gatherings under four people.
  2. Establishments such as bars and restaurants all closing by 10 PM (though delivery is still available afterward).
  3. Fines for anyone caught not wearing a mask.
  4. Social distancing of 2 meters (particularly in schools, restaurants, cafes, etc.).
  5. Whenever there is a rise in cases or a local one (such as in a school), a temporary online ‘lifestyle’ is required with self-quarantine and an immediate Corona test. 
  6. Pop-up testing centers around the country, particularly in the cities, to prevent infected people from coming in contact with others and overloading the hospitals.
  7. A mandatory 2-week quarantine for anyone coming back into Korea (regardless of nationality) at home or in a government facility if visiting (paid for by yourself).


These are some of the regulations that have been instated in the past year to control and limit infection rates. Therefore, these are regulations to keep in mind if you are still planning to make the trip this year, as most incur a heavy fine if they are broken. If you are planning to come to Korea this year, as of now, some things to expect include:

  1. Temperature screening and filling out a Health Questionnaire at the airport.
  2. 2-week mandatory quarantine in your Korean home (for nationals or foreign national residents) or a government facility for short-term visitors or if a national’s home is considered ‘unfit,’ that will have to be paid for by yourself.
    1. Generally, costs about KRW 1,680,000 per person (~$1,600).
    2. Housing will be random and cannot be changed nor chosen.
    3. You will be escorted from the airport to your 14-day housing. 
  3. Must have a negative result on the COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to coming to Korea. 
  4. Re-testing for Coronavirus within three days of your arrival, during quarantine, regardless of having been tested before arriving in Korea.
    1. Visitors will be tested automatically at their quarantine facility. 
    2. Residents must go by foot to the nearest public test center. 
    3. Usage of public transportation is not allowed.
  5. Downloading an app ‘Self Diagnosis’ and updating it twice daily with any symptoms and a daily call from the KCDC.

If, for some reason, you do test positive once you are in Korea, you will be responsible for some, if not the whole, cost of expenses related to Covid-19. 

  1. Some costs:
    1. If you are visiting short-term, The Government of the Republic of Korea will cover costs related to (a) test and (b) the use of isolation facility, whereas individuals will bear costs related to (a) treatment and (b) food, among others.
    2. Long-term visitors (Alien Registration Cardholders) will have similar payments as short-term. However, due to the mandatory health coverage that long-term residents must-have, the individual cost will be decreased to about 20% of what a short-term resident would pay individually.
  2. Full costs:
    1. If you contracted the virus due to breaking quarantine or the regulations stated previously, submitting a false PCR test, etc., you would be 100% responsible for all costs.

Therefore, it is highly recommended to come to Korea insured or to be insured here prior to arrival. If, when coming to Korea, you do not comply with the quarantine guidelines, you may face up to 1 year of imprisonment or a KRW 10 million fine for violating the Quarantine Act and Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act. According to the Immigration Act, foreign nationals violating the regulations may face deportation or a ban on entry into Korea.

‘How can I be exempted from quarantine?’ may be a question you are asking yourself now. However, as of now, there are only a few options, being someone who holds an A1 (Diplomat) or an A2 (Government official) visa or a Quarantine Exemption Certificate that the Korean Embassy or Consulate-General issued prior to the entry. However, there is good news for long-term residents in Korea. Recently, the Korean government announced that if you are fully vaccinated in Korea, the quarantine regulations will be waived beginning May 5th, 2021. 

Overall, suppose you had or have been looking at Korea as an option for plastic surgery due to the quality offered here, as well as reasonable pricing. In that case, quarantine restrictions may be a factor to add to your expenses. If you can comfortably meet quarantine regulations, getting a procedure in Korea is generally painless. Companies offer packages to help combine all costs and translators, so your experience is as comfortable as possible. You will also be able to enjoy Korea as you spend a week or two in Korea for recovery purposes as most places are running as regular aside from 10 PM curfews. As Corona cases fluctuate, so do the regulations. Make sure to stay up to date on the current rules if you make the conscientious decision to visit to make your stay here as enjoyable as possible. 

Nose Job in Korea – Guide to Nose Plastic Surgery in Korea

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The nose is a major part of our everyday life, both aesthetically and functionally. The nose makes up about 1/3 of the face and plays a significant role in how symmetric someone’s face appears overall. It also enables us to breathe comfortably and have things like a good night’s rest. It can become an area of fixation for someone who dislikes their nose and cause insecurity, as well as cause physical discomfort if it is not functioning properly. If you feel that your nose has been hindering you or holding you back, considering a nose job also known as Rhinoplasty may be an appealing solution for you.

What is a Nose Job?

This is considered an ‘umbrella name’ for a variety of operations that involve changing the nose shape, meaning it is not specific to one kind of surgery, but any that include operating on the nose. There are two main ways to categorize most nose jobs, being either cosmetic or functional. Cosmetic procedures are those that are done simply because you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, and would like to change it, but the nose functions as usual. Functional procedures are those that are done because the nose does not work correctly, which can cause issues, particularly when breathing. 

Functional procedures can often be combined with cosmetic procedures. Often, when correcting a functional issue, a more preferred nose shape is also achieved. Once this distinction has been made, there are a variety of procedures that you can choose from for a nose job, which will be discussed further along. However, often when people are referring to nose jobs, they usually are referring to rhinoplasty, which will also be addressed. 

Surgery in Korea in Korea

A quick discussion about plastic surgery throughout history quickly shows how South Korea came to be recognized as the plastic surgery capital of the world. Beginning with the first World War, the field of plastic surgery came to be invented by a man named Harold Gillies. He created the field by helping to reconstruct the faces of soldiers who had suffered from the war. He was, however, limited since, at the time, Europe didn’t see the field as ‘necessary.’ Later, he took on an apprentice named Ralph Millard, who took over as a successor of the field by the second World War.

This all is relevant because later, Millard came to South Korea for the Korean War. Due to the limited restrictions, he was able to innovate many of the techniques practiced today on soldiers who had been disfigured at the time. Since then, plastic surgery exploded throughout South Korea, and often the country has been trendsetting in different methods used nowadays. 

Surgical vs. Non-surgical Nose Job

1) Surgical Nose plastic Surgery

a)  This method has two main approaches that used to be somewhat of a debate, but lately, there have been efforts in the scientific community to ‘simplify’ rhinoplasty. The general idea is to simplify the process to reduce the need for revision cases later, as there has been a noticeable trend in the rise of revision cases with the more options being introduced. Therefore, the two main incision site approaches are:

    1. Open (transcolumellar) 
      1. This has been the approach that most surgeons have begun leaning towards in efforts to simplify the procedure. This is because it allows full view and access to the structures inside the nose. This enables the surgeon to see all options and the best approach for each nose, particularly in more complicated cases or revision cases. However, the incision site is located on the bottom of the nose, on the column that separates the two airways. A scar may be left, though this is unlikely, and it would be virtually invisible once recovered, as seen below

how nose job done


      2. Closed (endonasal)

          1. This method is becoming less frequently used due to the difficulty the plastic surgeon has viewing the structures of the nose. Therefore, if this method is used, it is generally used for more uncomplicated cases. An advantage of this method is the fact that all incisions are made inside of the nose, so that no scars will be visible.


      b) The main issues that are addressed with surgical nose jobs are a dorsal hump, a wide tip, or a crooked nose.

2) Non-Surgical Nose Plastic Surgery

b) This method is something to consider if you are someone who does not want to have surgery, is worried about the expenses of operation, or is unsure about fully committing to a procedure. It involves no downtime, as no actual surgery is performed. It is important to mention that this method will not reduce the size of your nose. Still, it can address problems such as humps or adding volume, and often addressing these issues has the effect of seeming to reduce the size of the nose due to the increased symmetry. 

Liquid rhinoplasty is an option in which a filler is injected into the site that needs to be smoothed out or have volume added in. The main downside of this treatment is that it is not permanent; therefore, you will need maintenance treatments to keep your results.

Nose Plastic Surgery Procedure

This varies between surgical and non-surgical, but both will be addressed below.

1) Surgical

a) A benefit to the surgical method is the ability to use devices such as grafts, which help create a more defined nose. Examples of grafts include alloplasts, homografts, and autografts. Each come with their share of advantages and disadvantages, but it is found the least likely to cause complications are autografts.  

    1. Open
      1. This procedure generally takes longer since most operations involving this method are more complicated.
      2. The surgeon will cut along the columellar, as well as the inside of the nostrils, as shown below.
      3. Then skin and muscle will be pulled back to allow a full view of the structures.
      4. Depending on what procedure(s) you chose, the plastic surgeon will continue with the procedure at his discretion. 
      5. The nose will be wrapped in a splint to protect it until it is less likely to move from the chosen position.

            2. Closed

    1. This method is used for more straightforward procedures; therefore, it generally takes less time to perform. 
    2. The surgeon will create incisions inside of the nose on the columellar, as shown below.
    3. They will then proceed with the procedure(s) at their discretion.
    4. The nose will be wrapped in a splint to prevent it from moving.

closed nose job in Korea

1) Non-Surgical

a) Liquid rhinoplasty

    1. No anesthesia is required; however, local anesthesia is available at the patients’ request.
    2. The total time is 15-20 minutes.
    3. The area will be sterilized to avoid any infection, and then the surgeon will inject the filler of your choice until the desired shape and volume is achieved. 

Nose Job Recovery

1) Surgical

Immediately after surgery, expect the nose and parts of the face to experience swelling and bruising, particularly underneath the eyes. It is also not uncommon to experience uneven swelling in different parts of the face. It is essential to ice the area for the initial days after surgery, as well as sleeping with the head elevated to help with drainage and swelling. 

The swelling and bruising should have largely decreased by the end of the first month; however, there may be some residual swelling for a couple of months afterwards. Therefore, you should be attending all scheduled appointments to make sure the nose is healing correctly. You should also be cautious of touching or any rough movements such as blowing the nose or sneezing. Final results should become visible anywhere from 6 months to a year after the procedure. 

2) Non-surgical

There is virtually nothing that you need to do, and results should be mostly visible immediately after surgery, however the nose may set some more after the injections. Maintenance treatments should be done every 4-6 weeks. 

Nose Job Before and After

1) Surgical

With this procedure, any issues dealing with the nose can be addressed, particularly if it involves functionality issues, revision, complex first procedures, or any sort of minimizing of an area of the nose. 


2) Non-Surgical

This is a reminder that though results are commendable, this will not be able to decrease the size of the nose, only help smoothen it.


A nose job can be an excellent solution for you if you are dealing with both, or either, a cosmetic or functional issue. The best method between surgical and non-surgical can be chosen between you and your surgeon of choice. However, it is still crucial to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with plenty of experience in this field. If you are feeling ready to change your nose for the better, feel free to schedule a free consultation with a plastic surgeon through companies like Seoul Guide Medical, who can put you in contact with the top surgeons in South Korea.


What types of nose jobs are there?

This is discussed in the article more in-depth, but the two main ways to separate nose jobs are if they are aesthetic or functional. From there, factors such as surgical or non-surgical, open or closed surgery, and if grafts will be needed.

Where to get my nose job?

The main priority should always be finding a board-certified plastic surgeon with plenty of experience in procedures of the nose. Getting plastic surgery in Korea is something worth considering. Due to the high volume of plastic surgery procedures performed in South Korea, specifically of the nose, it is likely that your goals of a nose job will be successfully achieved here.