Plastic Surgery

These are only some of the plastic surgery procedures available in Seoul, Korea at the top hospitals. Our service is free for the patient and the cost of the surgery is the same if you use our service or not. Using our service will give you peace of mind and make everything easy .

rhinoplasty

RHINOPLASTY

Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure which improves the look of your nose. Most commonly, the bridge, and nose tip are enhanced and in some cases the alars and shape of nostril holes. The perfect nose is defined by your face shape, personality, age and ethnicity. However, plastic surgeons use mathematical calculations to create perfect relationships between your nose and the rest of your face. Some of these measurements include a straight nasal dorsum, a narrow nasal tip, a small dip between the nasal dorsum and tip, appropriate facial angles, and appropriate nasal projection and width.

Nose Correction Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Nose Tip Correction-  The nose tip can be modified in a variety of different ways, such as removing or adding cartilage. In most cases, people often wish to balance it out or to make it smaller.  Having the nose tip at the proper angle is very important. You don’t want it to high or too low.  Surgery on the tip of the nose is called tip plasty.

Blunt Tip Correction-  Blunt tip, or bulbous tip correction is one of the most widely requested alterations to the nose.  This is because a sharper, more defined nose is what is widely considered attractive across cultures.  However, the correction should be done based on your specific facial dimensions. You want a tip that looks right for you.

Short Nose & Long Nose Correction- If your nose is either too short or too long it can be improved by removal or addition of cartilage in the tip of your nose. The key is to have balance between your upper, middle and lower third of your face so having your nose at the right height will greatly improve your facial harmony.

Curved Nose- Curved nose is also called a septum deviation and throws off the alignment of the nose and overall face.  A septoplasty works with the bone and cartilage inside the nose to give proper position. In some cases, if the surgeon makes your nose perfectly straight and your face is asymmetrical, it may still look slightly off but it will be much better than before.

Alar Reduction-  Alars reduction is done when patients are not satisfied with the overall width.  There is a limit to how much the alars can be reduced so it is important to follow the doctor’s advice. When performing tip plasty, the tip is often raised to the correct angle and it naturally pulls the alars in slightly. In some cases, alar reduction won’t be necessary if this is your situation.

Wide Nose Bridge Correction- plastic surgeons can reduce and shaped this area by finely shaving the bridge of the nose with an osteotomy. Please note that there is typically heavy swelling on the nose and bruising around the eyes for 1-2 weeks after this procedure.

Hump Correction- If there is a hump on the bridge of the nose it can be removed via rasping. This procedure procedures fantastic results and gives you a more gentle and approachable look. If your nose bridge is not high to begin with and you get hump nose correction, you may consider an implant to elevate the height of your nose bridge. This is because after rasping, your nose may look flatter than before. If you have a higher nose bridge than no implant is necessary.

Nose Revision- It is important to have your rhinoplasty done right the first time. With each subsequent revision, the surgery becomes harder and the cost much more. We work with rhinoplasty revision specialists who can get your nose the way you wanted it to be.

Implant or Cartilage? What Should I Use?

Nose Tip- on the tip of your nose it is recommended that only cartilage be used unless no other option is available. The skin on the tip of your nose is too thin which can lead to many problems with an implant such as: redness, unnatural look and the nose implant failing over time. A rhinoplasty expert will be able to use your own septal cartilage and/or your ear cartilage to perform the procedure. If you do not have sufficient amounts of cartilage in those areas or the doctor deems it necessary, then rib cartilage can be used.

Nose Bridge-For most patients, a bridge implant on the nose bridge will provide better longer term results than using cartilage. An implant here will look natural and last for your life if done properly. Cartilage in this area can look good for a few weeks but there is often re-absorption and warping which happens when cartilage is placed on the nose bridge. For more natural and better long term results an implant is recommended if you require extra height on the nose bridge.

Silicone or Gore-Tex Implants?

For most patients who require additional height on the nose bridge an implant will be needed. There are two main kinds of implants which are commonly used: Silicone and Gore-Tex. All implants are based in silicone but the latter has a Gore-Tex coating. Implants with a Gore-Tex coating often have tissue in growth which means it is very difficult to remove it if you ever need to. Silicone implants can last for your life time if placed correctly and can easily be removed if you ever want to. Our plastic surgeon will examine you in person judging your skin thickness, facial dimensions and more to make a determination on which kind of implant is best.

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JAW & FACE CONTOURING

The perfect jaw line and face shape is partially subjective but it is also based in mathematics. Historically, the Golden Ratio of 1.618:1 has been found in nature and in human made constructions which are considered beautiful. Along with the Golden Ratio, balance is objective considered beautiful. In almost all cases, those who’s right and left side of the face look the same (are in balance) are considered beautiful. To improve your facial dimensions, we need to analyze what kind of facial structure you have, what kind of look you wish to have and apply mathematical formulas. Although facial beauty is partially based on a subjective view, it is also based in tried and tested mathematics.

Face Contouring

Facial contouring involves both the reduction and augmentation of facial feature and may include changes to the actual bone.  These procedures are often done in conjuncture with each other as the changing of one may throw off the overall balance and harmony of the face as a whole. Facial contouring can involve: fat grafting, fat removal or surgical procedures to create the face shape your desire.

Chin

The chin can be both shortened or augmented.  If you wish to augment your chin then a chin implant is often the best solution as it is fast and has a short recovery time. The implant is placed through the inside of the mouth and there are no visible scars.  However, if you have a very recessed and very short chin then sliding genioplasty may be better suited for you. Sliding genioplasty involves the cutting of the chin bone to be re-positioned and attached in its new position via a titanium plate with small screws. Although it sounds intensive, it is a standard procedure and produces great results.

V-Line

The V-line look is considered beautiful across cultures and is particularly popular in Asia. It involves facial contouring, maxillofacial surgery, jawline reduction, cheekbone reduction and chin surgery. Many clinics often refer to V-line when speaking only about the chin and reshaping it to a smaller and more pointed shaped so please be aware of this. The main point of the V-line look is to have a small and slender facial width with the jaw length at an ideal ration of 0.8:1 (the horizontal forehead length above your eyes is the 1). The chin should be slim and short with the line from the tip of your nose going to the chin tip at a 75-80 degree angle. The lower lip should be 2mm lower than the upper lip with your nose tip being straight and in vertical line to your lip.

Jaw
Corrective Jaw correction with us

Jaw line reduction surgery reduces the size and shape of the mandible to provide a more appealing jaw line. It is important to note that this procedure may be done in isolation but it is often necessary to do either the cheekbones and or the chin in order to provide overall facial harmony and balance. In general, this procedure provides a softer and more gentle look.

Cheekbone Reduction

Cheekbone reduction (also called zygoma reduction) is done when the patient has wide and protruding cheekbones which often give a “Big Face” look. For those wanted to have a smaller face or more V-line shape this procedure is often done with jaw reduction surgery and chin reduction surgery.

Forehead Augmentation

The forehead is often not evenly balanced in the proportions needed to achieve facial harmony. There are two main methods used to give a beautiful forehead line: forehead fat grafting and a forehead implant. Forehead fat grafting involves removing fat from another part of the body (often the back of the leg or tummy), processing it and grafting it to the forehead. It is important to note only about 50% of the fat remains after 1-2 months so most clinics offer a free touch up within 2 months. A silicone forehead implant can be placed providing a permanent, life-long solution which can still feel natural to the touch. A third method which we do not recommend is filler for the forehead. The doctor will need huge amounts of filler which will make the cost more expensive than the other procedures and the results are never as good. There are also many balance problems with filler spread out over such a large area.

Maxillofacial Surgery

Two jaw (or double jaw) surgery is a jaw corrective surgery  which re-positions the upper and lower jaw to correct abnormality of jaw bone causing lantern jaw, protruding mouth and facial asymmetry. Often this procedure is done in combination with braces treatment to correct maloclussion, speaking function, abnormal chewing and temporomandibular disability. This is perhaps the most intensive and time consuming surgery in the plastic surgery area and so detailed planning and consulting must be done.

MAMMOPLASTY

Mammoplasty are a group of surgical procedures that reshape and modify the appearance of the breasts. The goal is these procedures is to provide balance and beauty give you the look you have always wanted. These procedures have some of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any plastic surgery procedure. Breast augmentation is done for those who want larger breasts and this is most often done using implants. Although breast fat grafting can be done the results are less than spectacular as 50% or more of the fat grafting is re-absorbed. From experience we can say that breast fat grafting is more of a temporary improvement than a permanent one.   Breast reduction is done when the breast are too large for function and comfort and the size is reduced. There are beauty procedures done as well such as lifting for saggy breasts and nipple correction to improve the shape of the nipples and more. For patients who have lost a breast or both, breast reconstruction is available. Men often undergo Gynecomastia to remove the look of “man boobs” and this is becoming an ever more popular procedure.

Mammoplasty

Round Vs Tear Drop Implants- Round implants can create soft, round and nicely proportioned breasts. They maintain their round shape in standing or laying position. They provide a more perky look for those looking for more upper chest volume.  Fore those looking for very large breast sizes this is often a better option. Tear drop implants are flat when in laying position and assume the tear drop or natural form when standing. This implants provide a more natural look when a bra is not worn but there are more limitations on how large of a size can be used.

Customized Profiling-  Many factors must be taken into consideration when choosing which implant is right for you.  Our surgeon will help factor in: age, body shape, skin thickness and lifestyle in choosing which will suit you and all your needs the best.  Each person is different and has different needs. We can consult you and help you decide what is better for you.

Incision Area-  There are 3 main incisions, and one less common one used. The first is the Transaxillary (under the armpits). This method is the most common as it virtually eliminates visible scaring.  However, it is also limited in terms of volume of the breast implant, and cannot accommodate bigger implants. The second method is Inframammory. This method goes under the fold of the breast and the scaring is minimal but is still visible over time.  This incision is very common and can accommodate larger implants. Lastly, the third method is Periareolar. This style inserts the implants into the area around the nipple.  However, it can affect later breast feeding if the ducts are interfered with and so is less commonly used. Lastly, Naval insertion is used sometimes where the implants are inserted through the belly button. However this method is difficult and has many problems associated with it so it is not often used.

Breast Reduction-  Disproportionately large breasts can have some physical problems and may lead to sagging.  There are several methods to reduce oversized breasts and all involve removing skin and fat to provide balance. This procedure can really improve your quality of life if you suffer from things such as back pain due to heavy breasts.

Breast Lift- This surgery is useful for women who have lost significant weight or who have undergone lactation (breast feeding) or who’s breasts have sagged over time.  A lift is often done with implants if you would like to have more shapely and larger breasts.

Nipple Correction-  Nipple correction can come in a variety of procedures, from reducing the actual size to giving more definition to the nipple tip.  Both these can give a much better overall look to the chest area.

Breast Reconstruction- Breast reconstruction can be useful for trauma inflicted on the breast via disease or the destruction of tissue.  Breast reconstruction is often done in association with breast implants.

Male Breast  Reduction (Gynecomastia)-  This occurs among some males as there is sometimes an imbalance of hormones.  The result is the enlargement of the breast  on male clients.  The male breast reduction can bring the chest back into masculine proportions.

Breast Implant Revision-If you have had a previous implants done but are unsatisfied with the results, a revision can be done. Seoul Guide Medical has specialists who have performed the best revisions in Korea. Please note that the cost of a revision case is more than a first time case and a revision case should be done using the best kinds of implants and not lower quality ones.

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FOR MEN

Plastic Surgery for men has dramatically increased in recent years and is now common place in Korea. The ideal male body shape is considered to be trim and athletic-looking, with broad shoulders and chest, a flat abdomen, and a narrow hip-thigh area. However, as men age, areas of fat tend to accumulate around the abdomen, the flanks (“love handles”), the breast area (a condition called gynecomastia) and along the chin and neck. Men no longer have to accept the face they were born with or their body part proportions. There are many procedures for men available through Seoul Guide Medical.  The most common plastic surgery procedures for men are: liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, gynescomastia, hair transplantation, jaw contouring and ear shaping.

Liposuction

Liposuction areas for men-  Because of genetics and lifestyle, men and woman typically store fat in different areas.  The most common areas for men typically include the back, flanks, and tummy.  However, liposuction to remove a double chin and for the arms and legs are also popular for a more proportioned profile.

Face

Rhinoplasty-  The perfect male nose has very distinguished characteristics but is dependant on your subject viewpoint as well.  In general, male rhinoplasty provides a straight bridge with height and sharper nose tip at the correct height.

Chin-  A strong chin is heavily favored in movie stars and models.  There are a variety of augmentations which range from surgical to minimally invasive. The most commonly procedure is the chin implant which is inserted via the inside of the mouth. It has no visible scarring and minimal downtime.

Eyes-  The eyes are the most distinguished feature on the face and have long been considered the “gateway to the soul”.  We offer a variety of procedures to the eyes which can leave you with the perfect look which can reduce the pull of time and truly open up the eyes.

Ears-  Ear pinning (Otoplasty) involves working with the cartilage in your ear to give a more pleasant appearance to the ears and can reduce the size, position and shape of your ears.

Hair Transplantation-  Due to genetics, many men find themselves shedding their hair at a young age, as early as the 20’s.  Thanks to hair transplants, a full set of hair is now available to anyone who has suffered from male pattern baldness.  Whether it is feeling in the grown, or shoring up the hairline, our doctors are experts in restoring full sets of hair.

Calf Augmentation

Calf Augmentation- Calves are generally seen a sign of fitness and vibrancy among men.  However, due to genetics, some men are left with disproportionally smaller lower legs which can lead to an off balanced profile.  This problem can sometimes be virtually impossible to address with exercise alone as the calf muscle is notoriously hard to grow.  Thankfully, with the use of implants, you can get the exact size and definition to look your best at the gym or pool.

Gynescomastia (male breast reduction)

Gynescomastia- This embarrassing feature is often mocked as “man boobs” and is often causes by hormonal imbalances that often occur during adolescence.  The modern field has dramatically improved in this area, and now this problem can be eliminated with little or no permanent scarring. You can reduce the female look of your chest area and get a more masculine look with this procedure.

eyes

EYES

The size of the eye is not the only thing that needs to be considered but also how well the eye fits the proportion of the face. Large and clear eyes with beautiful and natural proportion under the Golden Eye Ratio are the goal of these plastic surgery procedure. Ideal eyes will have symmetrical eye lengths as well as symmetrical length between eyes. This length ranges from 30mm-34mm normally. The inner corner of the eyes should make a vertical line with the sides of the nose. The outer corners of the eyes should make a diagonal line with the corresponding nose side. The outer corners of the eyes should be slightly raised in relation to the eyes being on a level plane. There are many eye procedures which can give you more beautiful eyes. 

 

Double Eyelid Surgery
Non-incisional double eye lid surgery
Eyelid surgery at Seoul Guide Medical.

Non-Incision Double Eyelid Surgery- This can be useful for people who have thicker skin and are satisfied with a more temporary outcome.  The procedure involves using stitches and tying to create the double eyelid look. There is little swelling and recover is fairly fast. However, they will eventually come undone at some point so this is not a permanent procedure.

Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery- This can procedure creates the double eyelid fold surgically and is permanent. There is often a lot of swelling and your double eyelid can look “sausage like” for 2-4 weeks. You will have your stitches removed after 1 week. 

Ptosis Correction
Ptosis Correction before and after
Ptosis Correction

Generally speaking, this is when the eyelids sag down over the eyes and block the view of the person.  This can cause squinting and will cause strain of the face, which uses the forehead muscles more to open the eyes and thus results in creases or wrinkles.  This condition is often genetic but can also happen as we age. This is the most difficult of all the eye procedures to perform so a specialist should be chosen.

Canthoplasty
Canthoplasty

Both of the procedures together can be done in isolation or together. They often go well with double eyelid procedures.

Epicanthoplsty- this surgery helps the inner corner part of the eye, which can give a more welcoming look to the face.

Lateral Canthoplasty- this surgery helps to shape the outer corner portion of the eye, which is closest to the ear.  This procedure can be done in conjuncture with the inner eye.

Under Eye Fat Bags or Dark Circles
A helpful illustration to understand the procedure.

Eye Bag Correction-This is caused by loose skin and fat deposits.  They can result in the patient appearing tired or older than they are.   Fat deposits can re-positioned or removed  to create a healthier and younger looking look. This is one of the best anti-aging procedures out there as the results take years off your look and make you look energetic.

Dark Circle Correction-  Dark circles are created from a depression under the eye which may result of the loss of volume or the increased elasticity of the skin.  This can be corrected by removing fat from the tummy or the back of the leg, processing it and injecting it to fill the areas. This procedure is often done with fat re-positioning. 

For Middle Aged Patients

Upper Blepharoplasty- This procedure is aimed at tightening the skin around the eyelids and above, too.  The removal of skin will open up the eye making you look younger and improving your visibility.

Lower Blepharoplasty-  The lower blepharoplasty refers to the area which is under the eyes.  Fat can accumulate here and look very unsightly on the face, as it gives a tired appearance. This fat causes excess skin to form and sag. This procedure removes the excess skin and is done in combination with fat grafting and fat re-positioning.  

Brow Lift-   The brow lift (also called forehead lift) is a very common procedure requested among middle age patients to address wrinkle lines that develop horizontally across the forehead, as well as those that occur on the bridge of the nose, between the eyes. The lift improves frown lines, and the vertical creases that develop between the eyebrows. 

Sub-brow Lift- If the area under your eyebrows to your eyes is sagging, wrinkly and causing you vision problems this procedure can smooth out the area. The incision is hidden by the eyebrows and the results define and outline the eyes much more than before.

BOTOX, FILLER, ANTI-AGING

Anti-aging procedures come in all forms such as surgeries, injections and lasers. The goals of these procedures are to tighten droopy skin, fill gaps, reduce wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, smooth out pigmentation and improve saggy facial lines among other things.  The best and longest lasting methods are surgical procedures such as lifts. For those who want more temporary results Botox and Fillers are often used.

Botox is used to tighten muscles and smooth out wrinkles and lines. When inserted in the muscle, this toxin blocks nerves from transferring to immobilize movement for a certain period of time (often 3-6 months). When applied to face wrinkles, it results in smoother lines. Botox is commonly used on the forehead, sides of eyes, jaw and calves but it can be used in many other places.

Fillers are not used to tighten areas but to filler them where depressed. In general, fillers are used to replace natural substances in the skin (collagen, hyaluronic acid and fat) lost due to aging. They can be used improve wrinkles on the face but other methods may be more effective such as Botox. Fillers are most commonly used for dark circles, non-surgical rhinoplasty (liquid nose job), mouth lines and more. Fillers can dissolve into the body and last 4-18 months usually depending on the kind of filler and the body part it is used on. There are semi-permanent fillers which last 2, 3, 5 and 10 years but these will need to be removed by a doctor once their time expires.

Anti-aging-Most commonly, lasers and other skin treatments are used for anti-aging. Korea has the most advanced skin treatments on earth. Pigmentation, saggy skin, pores and more can be improved via lasers. Contact Seoul Guide Medical today with your details so we can consult you.

Face Lift

Lifting procedures here will be listed in order of effectiveness from least effective to most effective:

Laser Lift (mini-face lift)-  There are many treatments which use ultrasonic electrical impulses to reach into the skin and muscle layers to lift and tighten your skin. The effects of these procedures are noticeable for 3-6 months then begin to wane. They are not nearly as effective as the other procedures listed here but are a great option for those not wanting to undergo a more extensive procedure.

Thread Lift- This is a minimally invasive technique that is a practical alternative to face lifting.  The procedure uses thin threads which are injected into the sides of the face with about 15 threads used per side.  The threads also help to stimulate the production of collagen, which is a natural glue in cell formation. This is a non-surgical procedure with little recovery time and the results last 6-18 months and naturally dissolve over time. When combined with a laser lift the results are even better.

Surgical Thread Lift-A small incision is made on either side of the top of the head in their hair line. 4 thicker threads per side are inserted which will each down towards the cheeks to provide the lifting effect. These effects last 5 years or more and recover time is about 1 week. The threads do not dissolve but there is also no negative impact of keeping them in there either. This is a very popular procedure in Korea and doctors here are highly trained in this.

Surgical Lift-there are many kinds of surgical face lifts such as the SMAS lift which provide the most effective lifting results. A surgical face lift involves the cutting away of excess skin and tissue and a re-positioning of the skin to a tighter location. If done correctly, the look will be natural and beautiful. Recovery time is longer at about 1 month for this procedure and the results last 10 years or more with permanent benefits happening as well.

Body Contouring

BODY CONTOURING

Body Contouring involves a series of procedures that eliminate and or reduce excess skin and fat in a variety of places including the torso, upper arms, chest, and thighs. Body contouring is often done after massive weight loss and in cases where genetics predispose certain areas of your body to store more fat even if you have a healthy weight and exercise often. The most common type of body contouring is done through liposuction.

Liposuction involves the surgeon inserting a cannula through a 1 stitch wide opening and sucking out fat cells. These fat cells are permanently removed. This does not mean you can’t get fat in that area again but it is much harder to regain the weight there as those fat cells no longer exist. You can’t remove all fat cells in the area as our muscles need fat in those areas but the excess portions can be removed. The most common areas for liposuction are: under the chin, arms, back, flanks, tummy and legs. You will have to wear a compression garment after the procedure for 1-2 months and full swelling will go away after 3-6 months depending on your case.

 

Liposuction

Liposuction- Liposuction uses pumps to remove unwanted pockets of fat from the body.  A thin tube called a cannula is used to extract fat, which can no longer grow to the same level again.  This procedure can be useful, as some areas are extremely difficult to address with traditional dieting and exercising alone.

Liposuction Areas-  The most typically requested areas are from the stomach and thighs.  However, many other places are also needed, such as arms, as well as the face and neck.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck- The tummy tuck is useful for people who have either lost large amounts of weight or women who have given birth.  This operation removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the body.  The remaining skin is tightened but there will be a visible scar on the incision area. However, the benefits of having the procedure far outweigh the scar.

Calf Reduction

Calf reduction is often done because a person’s genetics gives them disproportionately large calves. This is often the case in women who want slimmer lower legs but can’t achieve them through diet and exercise.  The most common and safest method or calf reduction is to block the nerve which sends growth signals. This can be down for the outer and inner muscle. The result is that the calf muscle will somewhat atrophy over the next few months leading to slender calves. This procedure is one of the most common in Korea as a large percentage of the Korean population has larger calves and women here prefer smaller ones.