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Dental Treatment in Korea in 2021

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Coronavirus has affected and delayed the plans of many people. Many of these plans that had to be postponed or entirely canceled included travel due to the strict regulations most countries created for safety measures. However, in 2021 the world has begun opening its borders again, slowly but surely, particularly as people are getting vaccinated and progressing towards a state of herd immunity. This is excellent news for people who had to change their plans, as by the end of 2021, most countries have goals to have eradicated, if not have complete control, of Coronavirus. This means ideas can begin being put into action, as by the end of this year, it should be relatively safe to travel. This is especially true for countries like Korea, which from the get-go had stayed on top of the situation regarding the spread and control of the virus. They also have plans to have most of their population vaccinated by the end of the year if all current trials of the vaccine the country is carrying prove the positive results shown in others. In the meantime, to keep the virus under control, South Korea put in place many restrictive regulations such as:

  1. Maintaining 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).

The previous list is thorough. However, it is subject to change as cases rise and fall or as certain clusters of infected groups appear in specific regions. Therefore, regardless of when you are planning to come, it is necessary to review official government sites such as those included in this article for the most up-to-date information. This will prevent any problems later on, such as incurring heavy fines or deportation. 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.

As you can see, it is crucial to have acquired insurance prior to making a trip to Korea in order to be safe in case of any unexpected costs arising throughout your trip. 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. Furthermore, according to the Immigration Act, foreign nationals violating the regulations may face deportation or a ban on entry into Korea.

A sub-category was pictured earlier for asymptomatic individuals, which described the procedure for those exempt from quarantine. If you are asking yourself, ‘how can I be exempted from quarantine?’ just know the list is quite restrictive for who falls under this category. As of now, only those who hold 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 may be exempt from quarantine. However, this list most recently expanded to include people who have been fully vaccinated in Korea. In April, the Korean government announced that if you are fully vaccinated in Korea, the quarantine regulations are now waived as of May 5th, 2021. 

All in all, if you had Korea on your list of possible countries to travel to, it is a possibility. There are, of course, quarantine and day-to-day guidelines in place. However, they are quite manageable if you prepare for them ahead of time. As mentioned, be sure to review the most current policies set forth by the government before your trip to Korea to avoid any possible issues throughout your tip here. Additionally, if you are planning on coming to Korea and are considering receiving a treatment or procedure while here due to the incomparable quality and price, be sure to reach out to guide medical companies. They often create packages that include everything you would need throughout the trip (i.e., housing, transportation, a translator, your treatment). This makes it significantly easier to create plans and feel comfortable throughout your trip while also saving money. Safe travels!

Skin Treatment in Korea 2021

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The current global pandemic has affected us all, each in a variety of ways. Some people had plans of travel and taking time for themselves. You may have been one of those people, and you may have coincidentally been looking into Korea for these plans of experiencing a new culture as well as making improvements upon yourself simultaneously. Korea has been one of the most secure countries since the beginning of Coronavirus due to its quick response rates and previous plans it had explicitly created for the next pandemic. However, despite its preemptive programs and best efforts, COVID-19 has not been able to be wiped entirely. Additionally, to keep the virus under control, South Korea has had to create many restrictive regulations such as:

  1. Holding 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 rules will fluctuate on specifics depending on rising or decreasing cases and clusters found in specific locations, amongst other things. Therefore, it’s recommended to check official government sites such as those referenced in this article for the most current updates. Not following these rules could result in heavy fines or something more serious, such as being banned or deported. As of now, if you are planning to come to Korea this year, 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.

Due to the potential costs you may have to finance, it is seriously advised to make sure you are insured before making your trip to Korea. 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. In addition, according to the Immigration Act, foreign nationals violating the regulations may face deportation or a ban on entry into Korea.

At this point, you may have noticed there is a category labeled ‘those exempt from quarantine.’ Therefore, you may be asking yourself, ‘how can I be exempted from quarantine?’ Currently, the only people who may be exempted from quarantine are people who hold 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, recently, the Korean government announced that quarantine regulations are waived as of May 5th, 2021, for those who are fully vaccinated in Korea. 

In conclusion, if Korea had crossed your mind as an option for traveling for a vacation or for receiving some of the world’s best treatments and procedures for a reasonable price, the general guidelines, as well as quarantine regulations, should be something you consider. As stated earlier, it is essential for you to check all current rules prior to your trip in case anything on this list has changed, mainly as Korea works on a region-by-region regulation system, not as a whole country. Suppose you feel comfortable financially and time-wise with what is necessary to travel to Korea currently. In that case, it’s advised to reach out to guide medical companies that are eager to help make your experience as painless as possible. They handle everything from airport pick-up, housing, translation to post-treatment care and making sure you felt confident and comfortable throughout the whole process. They also often group all these things into a package deal to make it as painless and affordable as possible. Have safe travels!

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.

FAQ

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. 

Going‌ ‌to‌ ‌South‌ ‌Korea‌ ‌During‌ ‌Corona-Virus‌ ‌Without‌ ‌Quarantine‌ ‌

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South Korea announced on Wednesday, April 28th that anyone who has received both doses of the Corona virus vaccination in Korea will be exempt of quarantine obligations. Yoon Tae-ho, head of the quarantine division at the Central Accident Control Headquarters, said this in a regular briefing on the 28th. There are some guidelines, such as:

  1. The vaccination process must have happened in Korea.
  2. You must have received both doses.
  3. You must have a negative result on the COVID-19 test.
  4. You must not show any related symptoms.
  5. You may begin traveling two weeks after your final shot (but you will be monitored and given two COVID tests in that time period before being allowed to travel).
  6. South African and Brazilian residents cannot be exempted currently due to the prevalent amount of new strains appearing in these countries. 

This exemption will include people who have come in contact with a Coronavirus patient as well as those who have traveled abroad and are returning to Korea. This is happening in hopes to encourage more of the Korean population to receive their vaccines and to reach herd immunity by November.

Though this may not yet make your goals of coming to South Korea easier, this is a big step towards achieving mass herd immunity around the world that could open borders up even sooner. As Korea has been an exemplary country in its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, other countries may follow suit and encourage their citizens to also receive their vaccines in order to travel. 

Current South Korean residents will be some of the first around the world to receive these guaranteed benefits once completing their vaccinations, as they hope to have 70 percent of the population vaccinated by September. These new rules in regard to quarantining will take effect on May 5th. They will affect all residents, regardless of nationality (aside from the ones previously mentioned in the article as unable to be exempt).

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.

FAQ

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.

Revision rhinoplasty

Revision Rhinoplasty: What You Need to Know About Getting a Revision Rhinoplasty

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Revision rhinoplasty is commonly done in a lot of people more than we know. Plastic surgery procedures like rhinoplasty can be done by preference, but there are times when we either pick the wrong hands to perform the procedure or experience unforeseen issues. Since the nose is at the center of the face and is easily visible, no one wants it to look misshapen and in disharmony with the other features of the face. For problems that arise after a primary rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty is the best solution.

Revision rhinoplasty

What is a Revision Rhinoplasty?

According to an article in the Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, 5-15% of individuals who underwent a rhinoplasty procedure also had a revision rhinoplasty. Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct the function and appearance of the nose due to healing complications, failure to fix the nasal structure properly, and mishandling after undergoing a primary rhinoplasty. This revision surgery is known to be the most challenging and complex among all facial plastic surgeries. This is because it is demanding both technically and artistically. It also requires excellent precision and proper techniques since the nose has already been altered previously with bones, cartilages, and tissues removed and replaced. This means that to be able to restore the nose to its proper function and recreate the original appearance, grafts, and rearranging of the nasal structure is inevitable.

Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty

Unlike other plastic surgery procedures, a person cannot decide to have a revision rhinoplasty just because he or she wants to. Before the process, a thorough examination by the doctor is done to determine if the person needs a revision rhinoplasty or some other treatment. Individuals are only qualified for the procedure if the first rhinoplasty resulted in the following reasons:

  • An imbalance in the nasal structure
  • Disharmony of the nose with other facial features
  • Obstruction of the nasal airway
  • Cartilage or bone collapse
  • An overdone appearance of the nose
  • An asymmetrical nose
  • Over reduction or inadequate reduction
  • Excessive or inadequate projection of the nasal tip
  • A pinched tip
  • Thickened scar tissue inside the nose
  • Collapse of the external and internal nasal valve

Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure

Every revision rhinoplasty procedure is highly customized based on the patient’s functional and cosmetic goal, needs, and case. Since the operation is considered as an invasive one, general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation is used for pain management during the surgery. The revision can take around 3-4.5 hours, depending on the complexity of the patient’s case. The following are the steps done during a revision rhinoplasty:

  1. Depending on the revision needed, this procedure can be done through a closed or open rhinoplasty. Closed rhinoplasty (incisions inside the nose) is much preferred for minor corrections. On the other hand, open rhinoplasty (incisions under the nasal tip along the columella) is best for more complicated cases wherein significant parts of the nasal structure needs to be altered.
  2. Once the incisions have been created, the surgeon then does the needed revision to restore proper function and appearance to the nose.
  3. If bone and cartilage have collapsed or have been removed previously, the surgeon will take cartilage from the ear or rib to restore the nasal structure.
  4. When revisions and adjustments have been made, they will redrape the skin on the nose (if open rhinoplasty) and close the incisions using sutures. A splint is then placed on the nose for support and protection.

Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery

Following a revision rhinoplasty, your nose will be swelling and bruising at the same time. You will also be wearing a nose splint that serves protection for your nose as well as a support for its new shape. During this time, you should avoid any strenuous activity and contact sport until you are permitted by the doctor. You should also make sure to elevate your head when resting and use an ice pack to aid with the swelling. The doctor will most probably give you medication for pain to ease discomfort and antibiotics to prevent infection from occurring. Most patients are recommended to take two to three weeks leave from work so that healing could progress quickly because of proper rest. The nose will continue to heal, and you will be able to see significant improvements at around six months. However, it may take a year for full recovery and results to complete.

Revision Rhinoplasty Before and After

When done by a well-experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeon, a revision rhinoplasty can be life-changing. As seen in the before and after pictures below, the patients’ noses have significantly improved, and the results look promising. From an asymmetrical and flat-looking nose to a more harmonious and ideal nasal shape and appearance.

Correcting a failed rhinoplasty procedure is more common than you think. Through the surgical procedure, the nose’s function and appearance are restored to help the patient become more comfortable again with his or her nose. There are a lot of reasons why revision rhinoplasty is performed, and some of those are imbalance in the nasal structure, cartilage collapse, overdone appearance, and thickened scar tissue. The procedure may involve an open or close rhinoplasty, depending on the patient’s case, as well as the use of cartilage taken from the ear or the rib. The recovery is quite the same as the recovery for a primary rhinoplasty or may take even longer. There will also be swelling and bruising and the results will be visible within six months to a year.

Since a revision rhinoplasty is much more complicated than a primary one, the plastic surgeon’s skill, knowledge, and experience are a huge factor in ensuring the success of the procedure. If you need a revision rhinoplasty, the best option is to contact Seoul Guide Medical through their website. They will be the ones to determine which plastic surgeon and clinic in Korea are best for your case. This will not only save you time in looking for a trustworthy surgeon but will also prevent you from having more revisions in the future.

FAQ :

When should you get revision rhinoplasty after your first rhinoplasty?

Usually, it is recommended that a revision rhinoplasty be done until healing and softening of tissues has been completed, which is within 12 months. This is because it takes a year for the nose to heal after getting rhinoplasty, and while it is healing, it continually changes and improves. Something that may be bothersome about your new nose may fade within the 12 months. However, for severe cases of complications and failed rhinoplasty, the revision may be done within four to six months after primary surgery.

Are the results of a revision rhinoplasty permanent?

After undergoing revision rhinoplasty, expect that the results will be permanent and can last for a lifetime. If the patient is still unsatisfied with the revisions, or if complications arise, further revision surgeries may also be possible. This is why having a board-certified plastic surgeon who can guide the patient correctly and help manage expectations and goals is essential to make sure that a third revision will be prevented.

For whom is a revision rhinoplasty most recommended?

Revision rhinoplasty is most recommended for someone who has undergone a primary rhinoplasty, which resulted in dissatisfaction due to cosmetic or functional issues. Individuals who are qualified for the procedure are the following:

  • Those who are in excellent health
  • Those who have realistic expectations
  • Those who want to restore the function and appearance of their nose
  • Those who are unsatisfied with the results of their primary rhinoplasty
  • Those whose septum became crooked after the primary surgery
  • Those who experience external valve collapse
  • Those who had complications during the recovery period
  • Those whose goals were not met

Lower Blepharoplasty procedure

Lower Blepharoplasty: Things You Need to Know About Lower Eye Blepharoplasty

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Lower blepharoplasty can be the answer to a problem many people feel they suffer from, under-eye bags. This procedure has risen in popularity due to the anti-aging benefits it brings. Since the eye area is known to have the thinnest skin in our body, it usually exhibits the first signs of aging. Having sagged and puffy lower eyelids can convey the wrong emotions. It can also show inaccurate physical condition by making you look tired and fatigued even though you had enough rest. Through a lower blepharoplasty surgery, your under eyelids are not only restored in appearance but also in their functionality. 

Lower Blepharoplasty surgery

What is Lower Blepharoplasty?

lower eyelid blepharoplasty, or otherwise called lower eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that is responsible for rejuvenating the lower eyelid. The procedure is responsible for improving the shape, function, and position through the means of skin, muscle, and fat removal. Anyone who is facing problems regarding their lower eyelids can undergo the procedure, especially if the cause is genetics. This treatment can be performed due to the following reasons: 

  • To restore youthfulness to the under-eye area 
  • To enhance the symmetry of asymmetrical lower eyelids 
  • To tighten the lower eyelid in conjunct with other lower eyelid procedures 
  • To protect the eyes from dryness and other nerve paralysis problems 

Benefits of Lower Blepharoplasty

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, blepharoplasty was among the top cosmetic procedures done in the US in 2018. This would not have been possible if not for the benefits that the procedure can offer. Some of the benefits include the following:

  • It restores the youthfulness of the eyes as well as the face as a whole
  • It lessens or eliminates the look of fatigue allowing you to look healthier 
  • Enhances the elasticity of the skin in the lower eyelid 
  • Removes wrinkles and excess lower eyelid skin
  • Increase in self-confidence
  • Gets rid of puffiness and dark circles in the under-eye

 

Lower Blepharoplasty procedure

Lower blepharoplasty procedures are performed in the duration of 45 minutes to an hour. Depending on the patient’s case, the procedure can be paired with another eyelid treatment. It is common for lower eyelid surgery to be paired with upper eyelid surgery since when both are done together, it maintains the symmetry of the eyes. Local anesthesia is used for this surgery, and the patient is required to stay in the clinic for about 1-1.5 hours after the procedure for additional after-treatment medications and observation. It takes 3-4 weeks for the surgery area to look normal, while the full set will take place within 6-9 months from the day of the surgery. Below are the steps of a lower blepharoplasty surgery:

Lower Blepharoplasty procedure
  1. Your doctor will first show you the possible results of the procedure, taking into consideration the degree of sagging and shape of the lower eyelid fat.
  2. They then create a line or grid on your lower eyelid, which will serve as a guide throughout the procedure.
  3. They then make an incision inside the lower eyelid to gain access to the underlying fats and muscles.
  4. Once they have created the incisions, the doctor will start removing the excess fats.  
  5. If there is excess skin, they remove this as well to make sure that the remaining skin has good elasticity and will not sag sooner than expected.
  6. When all excess fats and skins have been eliminated or repositioned, they will stitch the incisions making sure that the lower eyelid skin is tightened. This results in a more youthful looking under the eye.

Lower Blepharoplasty Recovery

Right after the procedure and for one to two weeks, you may experience swelling, bruising, soreness, and tightness in your lower eyelid. You may or may not have a bandage in your eyes because of the new techniques’ plastic surgeons use that eliminates the need for an eye bandage after you have the surgery. If you are experiencing pain, inform your doctor so that they can prescribe you with oral pain medication to ease the discomfort. Before you leave the clinic or hospital, they will also teach you the proper way of applying a cold compress to your eye area to ease swelling. You will also be given eye drops, which you will administer several times a day. Other instructions your doctor may give you which you should strictly follow are: 

  • Looking after yourself by eating a well-balanced diet and getting adequate rest while you are recovering 
  • Avoid strenuous activities while your lower eyelid is still healing 
  • Clean and protect your incisions based on your doctor’s instructions 
  • Sleep with your head elevated 
  • Protect your lower eyelids by using sunscreen and dark sunglasses when you know you are going to be exposed to the sun 
  • Avoid bending for four weeks after you had the surgery to prevent a sudden increase in blood supply to your face
  • Maintain a healthy and stable weight by eating right and getting enough exercise once your eyelids have completely healed

Lower Blepharoplasty Before and After

Undergoing a lower blepharoplasty can be life-changing because of the boost in self-esteem that it brings. Its results are guaranteed to make the under eyelids smoother, and more youthful. It can also restore elasticity to the eyelid skin, which can last long with proper care. From the pictures of the patients in the before and after pictures below, it is evident that a lower blepharoplasty has fixed their problems with their under-eye bags and dark circles. You could also see that this procedure is not only meant for individuals who are in their prime age but can also be performed on younger patients. 

  Lower blepharoplasty is an anti-aging cosmetic procedure that can rejuvenate the lower eyelids and the under-eye area. It is not only for people in their forties or older but also for those who are younger. The most noteworthy benefits you can get from this procedure is that it can improve your self-esteem and make you look youthful at the same time. The procedure may be a bit invasive, and the recovery can take a month, but the results are promising for someone who has been struggling with the appearance of their lower eyelids.  For a stress-free, successful, and safe lower blepharoplasty surgery, make sure that you have it performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who has had many experiences with blepharoplasty procedures. For the top clinics and doctors in South Korea, you may contact Seoul Guide Medical through our website and let us be a part of your journey to a better appearance. 

FAQ :

For whom is Lower Blepharoplasty most recommended?

A lower blepharoplasty procedure can be done on anyone who is having appearance and functionality issues with their lower eyelids. To be specific, the following are those who are mostly recommended to have the procedure: Those who look tired and fatigued because of the unappealing appearance of the under-eye Those who have puffy under eyes Those who think they look older because of puffiness under the eyes Those whose self-esteem is being dragged down because of their under-eye appearance Those who are healthy mentally and physically with no medical conditions that may hinder proper healing. Those who are non-smokers or are willing to quit smoking before and after the procedure Those individuals who have a positive outlook and realistic goals Those individuals who do not have severe eye conditions that may cause complications during and after treatment

How long does Lower Blepharoplasty last?

Lower eyelid surgery is one of those rewarding eye treatments that, when done by a certified plastic surgeon, and followed with proper care, can last for a long time. While the aging process continues, no matter what treatment you undergo, your under eyelids will naturally age as time goes by.

What should I expect after a lower blepharoplasty?

After undergoing a lower blepharoplasty, you should expect that your eye area may be swollen, sore, and sensitive. You may also feel tightness in your under-eye, which is normal. If you wear contact lenses, expect that you will not be allowed to wear them while you are still recovering from the procedure.

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

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

What is Under Eye Correction Surgery?

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

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

Benefits of Under Eye Correction Surgery

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

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

Under Eye Correction Surgery Procedure

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

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

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

 1. Fat repositioning 

  1. Fat repositioning 

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

Under Eye Correction Surgery Recovery

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

Under Eye Correction Surgery Before and After.

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

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

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

FAQ :

For whom is under-eye correction surgery most recommended?

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

Is under-eye correction surgery permanent?

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

What can you expect after an under eye correction surgery?

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

Thread Lifting Procedure – Complete Guide to Thread Face Lift

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

thread lifting in Korea

What is a Thread Lift?

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

Where can you have a thread lift?

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

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

 

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

  •   The inner thighs
  •   The inner armpits
  •   The butt

 

Some of the most popular areas for most patients include;

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

What happens during a thread lifting procedure?

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

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

1. First, the appropriate thread must be determined.

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

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

        2.   Smooth/Non-absorbable 

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

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

  •   Non-Barbed

Notes: Easier to fix if there is asymmetry.

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

2. Prep before treatment:

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

3. Treatment:

thread lifting process

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

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

Fat Grafting

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

–    Age

–    Health

–    Degree of skin laxity

–    The thickness of the skin

–    Adequacy of facial volume

Thread Lift Recovery

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

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

Thread Lift Before and After

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

thread lifting before and after 2

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

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

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

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

FAQ :

How long does a thread lift last?

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

What is a thread lift procedure for the face?

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

Can I exercise after a thread lift?

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

Can you fly after a thread lift?

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