‘Tis the season to get pretty! Winter in Korea is always an exciting affair, with people looking forward to Christmas festivities as they enjoy a winter break that is longer than most places. One beauty secret that locals also swear by? They take this time for a little bit of nip and tuck, just in time for the new year. From double eyelid surgery to Botox in Korea, here are the Top 5 cosmetic procedures in Korea most popular with Koreans during the winter break.
1. Double Eyelid Surgery
Double eyelid surgery is perhaps one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in South Korea. There are three main types of procedures that you can choose from if you are considering to get this cosmetic procedure in Korea:
Full Incisional Method
In this method, excessive fat, muscle and skin are removed simultaneously. Then, the surgeon will extend the line of the eyelid beyond the last third portion of the eye, removing and configuring the entire eyelid tissue. This helps to creates a more natural eye look.
Buried Sutured Method
This non-invasive and non-incision method was one of the first procedures to create folds in the eyelid. The surgeon will knot small sutures above the eyes to create folds. As this method is non-incision, it is possible to revert to the original state of the eyes even after the double eyelid fold surgery has been completed. This procedure is best suited for people with thinner eyelids.
Partial Incision Method
The partial incision method is an alternative to buried sutures and full incision methods. When this method was first introduced, people preferred this cosmetic procedure in Korea to the full incision method because of its smaller, less noticeable scars. However, Korean doctors now recommend the full incision method as they are now able to minimize scars.
Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as nose jobs, is also a common cosmetic procedure in Korea. Doctors will examine the length of the nose bridge, the width of the nostrils and the shape of your jaw and cheeks before recommending you the most suitable rhinoplasty procedure. Korean rhinoplasty is mostly developed for increasing the height of nose bridge and lifting the tip, although other cases, such as a hook nose or deviated nose correction, can also be performed. As stitches will only be removed a week after the surgery, you may have to spend a little over a week in Korea.
3. V-Line Surgery
V-Line surgery, or jaw surgery, is a complicated surgery that promises a permanently smaller face. The surgery involves incision of a part of the chin, after which the mandible is trimmed off. This surgery is best suited for people who are unsatisfied with their angular, wide, or stubby chins. People who complain about the lower part of their faces looking square and masculine may also consider this procedure.
Immediately after the surgery, you will be required to wear a facial mask that presses tightly against your skin. This helps to reduce post-operation swelling. You must avoid hard and chewy foods, as they will delay the recovery time and might even cause bleeding.
Most of the swelling will go down after a month. It can, however, take between 3 to 6 months for the face to look completely natural.
If you’re looking for cosmetic procedures in Korea with no down-time, fillers will be an excellent choice. Fillers are effective for treating deep wrinkles, scars and sunken skin. You can expect little bruising and swelling. The effect of dermal fillers typically last from 12-24 months. This however also depends on factors such as patient’s age, skin type, and lifestyle.
In Korea, fillers are often injected into the forehead, chin and laugh lines (nasolabial folds). After fillers are injected, these areas are immediately plumped up, giving more volume and creating a youthful overall look.
Botulinum toxin (Botox) is an anti-wrinkle injection that also causes muscles to shrink. Botox is traditionally injected into muscles deep underneath the skin. This blocks nerves that transmit signals to the muscle, and induces muscle paralysis. Muscles then gradually begin to shrink.
This is why Botox has been popular among people with square jaws seeking to improve their facial contours, or who want to remove deep wrinkles.
While the effect of each Botox injection lasts around six months, repeated injections can lead to permanent results. After repeated treatments, the muscles which have been injected eventually become weak, preventing further growth and hardening. Botox procedures require no downtime, and can be conducted without any anaesthesia, pain, swelling and bleeding.
Botox for slimming of jaw muscles is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Korea. The botox paralyzes parts of the jaw muscles, reducing jaw movement. This helps to reduce the amount of muscles and improve the appearance of the jaw line. You can look forward to seeing results three to four weeks after the injections, and the maximum effect can be seen in 2-3 months.
Ready for a Christmas makeover in Korea, but not sure where to start? Here’s where we come in. At Jivaka Care, we identify licensed and reputable clinics with English-speaking doctors and staff. We also deploy designated Care Planner to take care of you and your treatment process from start to end. With Jivaka Care, foreigners can look forward to a seamless healthcare and aesthetic treatment experience.