Thursday, December 13, 2018

Famous Korean tattooist Lina Ahn looking gorgeous as ever…4 years after surgery!

Lina Ahn is a famous Korean tattoo artist, and four years ago she had a few plastic surgeries at ID Hospital. 

The thing that differentiates her from many people is her love of tattoos and prior to surgery, she had a very masculine vibe.

Although naturally petite, she felt that her facial features and body were too masculine.

She decided to have plastic surgery in order to look for feminine.

This was 2014, and four years later, she is still gorgeous!

Curious to see what she looked like before?

Lina Ahn's Surgery Review

Before surgery 

I am Lina Ahn, a tattooist in Seoul, South Korea.

I have always been so insecure about my breasts and feel very self-conscious when I go to the beach. I really wanted to get surgery to have a more feminine body.

My eyelids are asymmetric so I keep to myself mostly because of my insecurities.

Since I don’t have any experience with plastic surgery, I did a lot of research online and asked my friends, decided to go to ID Hospital for a consultation.

I was planning on getting my eyes done, but they also recommended rhinoplasty to balance my facial features, so I went ahead with those three surgeries.

2 weeks after

I got a breast augmentation with armpit incision; teardrop shaped implants for a natural look.

So far, I really love the results. I still have a bit of swelling on my eyes and nose, but they will reduce as the time goes by.

2 months after

Since getting surgery I feel so feminine. I can wear low cut tops, bikinis, and pretty bras.

My clothing style is slowly changing and I am growing out my hair so I can look totally feminine.

3 months after

I do not need too much makeup, as my eyes are bigger, less is more.

My nose looks sharper and my eyes look big! I look like a whole new person. 

I never thought it is possible to look different by just changing the eyes and nose, but I am a living example that it is possible!

6 months after surgery 

My breasts become softer as they heal and I really love how natural they look. 

During my follow-up, the doctor and nurses couldn’t believe that I am the same person who came here six months ago.

The changes are so drastic and I feel so confident with my new look. 

1 year after surgery

I finally went to the beach! In my swimming suit and I really enjoyed my time, and felt so confident. 

I have been very open about my plastic surgeries because I believe in being honest. A lot of people message me and ask me about my surgery. 

I am totally satisfied with my surgery results and I am glad I chose ID Hospital for my surgeries.

4 years after surgery

I have been able to maintain my surgery results and look and feel amazing. 

I have been through so many changes but I look and feel amazing!

Thank you ID Hospital~

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Eyelid surgery recovery process, tips & photos

In this post, we will explain the blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) recovery process, post-surgery instructions and tips to help you get all the information related to surgery.

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty also known as eyelid surgery is one of the most common cosmetic facial procedures. In Korea, it is named double eyelid surgery and every clinic has a different name for it depending on their surgery method (skinny eyelid surgery, 7-lock eyelid surgery etc.) 

Since it is known popularly as double eyelid surgery in Korea, people think this surgery is mostly for people who want to create an eyelid crease. 

Contrary to popular belief, it is a surgery that anyone can get. The eyelid surgery is used to define the eyelid crease, or create a new eyelid crease. 

Two types of stitches are used, dissolvable stitches that do not need to be removed and those that need to be removed 7 days after surgery.  

Surgery methods

The surgery method is determined by your eye shapes, eye muscles, skin, fat etc. the surgeon will analyze these factors and recommend either an incision or non-incision method for eyelid surgery.  

Incision eyelid surgery method

Although many patients want to avoid getting scars, the incision method is usually the preferred method if you have asymmetry, excess skin, muscles or fat. An incision is made, and excess skin and fat are removed, then it is stitched to create the new eyelid crease.

This surgery is also suitable for those who already have eyelid crease but due to the excess saggy skin, there is more than one eyelid crease line.  

Incision Eyelid Surgery

Non incision eyelid surgery method

For the non-incision eyelid surgery, 7 points on the eyelid are sewn together to create a more defined eyelid crease. 

For this surgery method, patients who already have an eyelid crease but want to make it more defined and do not have excess skin or fat, are the best candidates for surgery. 

Non-incision Eyelid Surgery


Common misconceptions about eyelid surgery

Eye size: People think that this surgery will make their eyes bigger, but this surgery is for anyone who wants to define their eyelid shape. For people with “monolids”, their eyes tend to look bigger with this surgery once the eyelids are defined. 

Scars: The surgeon skillfully hides the scars on the eye crease so it will be hidden however depending on your body and how you heal, the level of scars varies.

Aging: You do not need to do this surgery more than once. Surgery results are pretty long-lasting, but when aging will occur additional surgeries like brow lift may or may not be required to fix the eyebrow area drooping.  

Eyelid surgery recovery process

It is good idea to be aware of the things you need to prepare before surgery so the recovery process does not overwhelm you. Being prepared in advance will allow you to relax and focus on healing. 

Swelling and bruising differs from person to person so do not focus too much on the swelling, within a week or two, major swelling should reduce.  

Things to avoid before surgery

AVOID blood thinners like Aspirin, NSAIDs, Ipobrufen, Advil etc. and excessive amounts of natural blood thinners like turmeric, ginger or cinnamon.

Blood thinners increase the risk of bleeding during surgery so they have to be avoided for 7-10 days before surgery. If you are not sure, please make sure to ask the hospital/clinic where you will have surgery if you can have those medicines or not.

You should not have alcohol or smoke for 1-2 weeks before surgery and 1-3 months after surgery. They increase the chances of getting an infection and hinder the recovery process.
Coffee can be avoided for the first week after surgery as it is dehydrating, and you need to stay hydrated to heal faster.

Do not get nail art done before surgery since it will have to be removed for surgery. It is better to get your nails done after surgery.


Eyelid surgery post-surgery instructions to follow

  1. Do not touch or irritate your eyes. Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  3. The prescribed antibiotic ointment is used twice daily. Apply it with a Q-tip and spread over the eyelid area (method will be shown to you before leaving the clinic)
  5. Do not forget to use the artificial tear drops to prevent dry eyes. You may think you do not need it, but still use it as instructed.
  7. The sleeping position is very important. Your head has to be above your chest, so stack your pillows and sleep at 30-45° elevation.
  9. Use an ice pack for the first three days after surgery (follow given instructions) as this will help to reduce the swelling and bruising on your face. From the fourth day, apply warm pack as needed. Test the ice pack/warm pack on your hand before putting it on your face and make sure to cover your eyes before placing the ice pack/ warm pack.
  11. After two to three days, light walking is recommended to increase the circulation. However, intense exercise, running or lifting heavy objects should be avoided. You can resume your exercise after 2 weeks but avoid any activities that require you to bend over.
  13. Use sunglasses to cover your eyes. If you got rhinoplasty together then use a hat to cover your face and cover your eyes from the elements.
  15. Pain medication and antibiotics are taken thrice daily. NEVER have your medications on an empty stomach. These are strong medications and they may cause nausea or other symptoms if eaten on an empty stomach.
  17. You can take a shower but you have to avoid getting your eyes wet. Use a wet tissue, or wet wipe to wash your face, and keep your eyes dry at all times
  19. Makeup is controversial. Though you can wear makeup after the stitches are removed, you shouldn’t rub your eyes for 4 weeks. The type of eye makeup you use should wiped off gently, so avoid anything waterproof or heavy eye makeup for 4 weeks.
  21. No contact lenses for a month post-surgery.
  23. Do not go to the sauna or steam room for a month after surgery.

Eyelid surgery recovery timeline process with photos

With blepharoplasty, pain is usually not an issue, but there is slight discomfort as the eyes are healing. You may experience symptoms like mild pain, blurred vision, itchiness, tightness or dry eyes etc, these are common and will reduce as you heal. Avoid contact with the eyes at all costs. 

The stitches are removed a week after surgery and you can get back to work within 7-10 days.  

Before surgery

If you came alone to Korea, then prepare yourself to stay in for 2-3 days. Prepare water, food, comfortable clothes and any other necessities in your hotel room before going for surgery. Convenience stores are open 24/7 so you do not need to worry about buying food items or drinks.  

Surgery Day

Dress up comfortably when going for your surgery. Remove all metallic accessories, pins, hair extensions, nail polish or gel nails (hands and toes). 

 The surgery takes 1.5 - 2 hours (anesthesia waking time included) and is performed under local anesthesia with sedation.

 After surgery, you will wait in the recovery area, then you can change to your clothes and go back to your hotel. 

Follow all the post-op instructions (using ointment, artificial tears, ice pack etc.)  

During the First week (Eyelid surgery)

The swelling increases on the second day after surgery and then slowly starts to reduce.  

1 week after

After the stitches are removed, most of the swelling should be gone. You should not feel any discomfort.  

1-3 months after

At this point, all swelling will be gone and the eyes will look normal.


6 months to a year

At this point, the eyes looks so natural, no one can tell you have had surgery!  

Tips to help you quickly recover from eyelids surgery 

  1. Smoking and alcohol – stop 1-2 weeks before and 1-3 months after. Healing time is longer for smokers so the longer you can avoid smoking, the better you will heal.
  3. Avoid any activity that makes the blood rush to your eye area, bending over, lifting objects 1 month
  5. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
  7. Eat healthy foods that are beneficial for healing and stay away from greasy, salted spicy foods for 1-2 days after surgery. Avoid salty, greasy, spicy foods for a few days to help your body heal faster.
  9. Manage your stress level and maintain a positive outlook to get the best results and quick recovery

Eyelid surgery is NOT recommended for you if… 

eyelid surgery

You have sultry almond shaped eyes…the eye shape will change completely with surgery so if you want to keep the same eye shape, then this surgery is not for you.   

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Recovery process for rhinoplasty in korea

Before having surgery, many people are worried about the recovery process for rhinoplasty. Just like any type of surgery, the healing process differs per individual. 

However, we put together healing process timeline to help you prepare better for your surgery in Korea.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that, the recovery time differs per individual, the swelling level, bruising if any, all differ per individual so that is something to keep in mind when considering any kind of surgery.

Even though the minor swelling is usually gone in 6 months, it doesn’t mean your nose is fully healed. 6 to 12 months is good time frame to consider for total recovery from rhinoplasty.

 Recovery Process for Rhinoplasty


Recovery Process for Rhinoplasty : Before Surgery

The surgeon will see you for a consultation and prior to surgery, draw a design and prepare your surgical plan. The surgery is done under local anesthesia with sedation at ID Hospital.

Surgery Day

1.      You have to be fasted for 6 hours before surgery (no food, water or even medicines)
2.      If you are taking any prescription medication, then make sure to take the medication as advised.

Recovery Process for Rhinoplasty : After Surgery

Major swelling takes 2 to 3 weeks to reduce but you can get back to your normal routine after the cast is removed.

The swelling heals asymmetrically and moves downwards due to gravity, so the nose tip usually stays swollen the longest.

If you have bruising, then use sunscreen and wear a heat to protect your bruised skin from direct sunlight. Do not forget to follow the post-surgery disinfection and ointment instructions twice a day, and medication 3 times a day.

Recovery Process for Rhinoplasty : 1-3 Days Post-surgery

Avoid putting any pressure on your nose.

Do not sleep sideways or facing downwards, sleep on your back and keep your head level above your heart level.

For the first 3 days, apply an ice pack (provided) to help reduce the swelling.

Avoid salty, spicy, greasy foods to heal faster.

Recovery Process for Rhinoplasty : 1 Week later (cast and stitches removal)

From the fourth day onwards, use the warm to help reduce the swelling (check the temperature on your hand first)

After your stitches are removed, then you can wash your face and wear makeup, but be careful not to use too much pressure on your nose.

You will have a swelling care session if you had surgery at ID Hospital.

You cannot go to the sauna/steam room for 4 weeks

Avoid smoking and alcohol for 1-3 months after surgery

Do not wear glasses or exercise for a month after surgery

3-6 Months later

At this point, your nose should be sharper than before but it is still healing.

6 Months to a year

At this point, your nose has healed almost completely and you will be able to see the final results.

Recovery Process for Rhinoplasty : Tips to help you heal quickly

1.      Do not be impatient and assume the worst right after surgery. You need to wait to see the surgery results, sometimes for at least 6 months so be patient and allow your body to heal.

2.      For the first month at least, do not touch or move your nose around too much.

3.      Wear sunscreen whenever you head outside.

If you have any further questions, leave us a comment below.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How to get a rhinoplasty in Korea: From A to Z

Rhinoplasty in Korea is a hot topic because it is the most popular plastic surgery in Korea.

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose job, has been around for more than a century and is the most performed surgery, especially in Korea.

What you need to know about Rhinoplasty in Korea

Due to the position of the nose on the middle of the face, the shape and size are important for a balanced face. Altering the nose with surgery will also alter the other facial features, particularly the chin.

The most popular nose is a Barbie-like nose, small with either a curved or straight, high nose bridge and slim nostrils.

Rhinoplasty in Korea: Types of surgeries

Rhinoplasty methods vary depending on the individual’s nose and facial proportion.
Based on your nose shape, the doctor will specify which procedures you need to get your desired nose shape.

Rhinoplasty can include the below procedures (they can be done together) to shape the nose.

Silicone implant: When the nasal bridge is low, the nose tends to look wide. To correct this, a silicone implant is used to increase the height of the nasal bridge. This projection with the implant creates a more prominent nasal bridge.

Alarplasty: The nostril width is lessened by removing part of the nostrils, and sewing the incisions part together. Reducing the alars also reduces the overall size of the nose.

Septoplasty: If your septum is deviated, a septoplasty is needed to correct the deviated septum.

Osteotomy: If the nasal bridge is wide, then osteotomy is required narrow it down. The surgeon breaks/fractures the bones then brings them closer to create a narrow nasal bridge.

Hump reduction: The nasal dorsum is protruded (hooked nose) and a hump reduction reduces the bone or cartilage to make the dorsal hump flat.

Columelloplasty: If the columella (bottom part of the nose) is drooping low, then surgery can be used to fix it. The columella can be re-shaped to lift it upwards.

Tipplasty: Tip plasty is procedure to lift or make the nose tip thinner. Your own nasal septal cartilage is used or mesh/donated cartilage is used to shape the tip. 

Rhinoplasty in Korea: What to expect

Consultation: An X-ray is performed for the surgeon to be able to see the structure of the patient’s nose. Along with the X-ray, the patient

Surgery: surgery lasts 2 to 3 hours (without anesthesia time)

Surgery symptoms: swelling and bruising occur after surgery, and scars take 3-6 months to fade.

Recovery: Cast is worn for 7 days after surgery. After the stitches are removed, then the surgery area can be washed lightly.

Major swelling: lasts from 2 to 3 weeks

Minor swelling: lasts from 3 to 6 months

Rhinoplasty in Korea: Pre-surgery Care

1.      Do not smoke or drink alcohol for a week minimum before surgery.
2.      You have to be fasted before surgery (follow given instructions).
3.      Avoid aspirin or any type of blood thinner for 7-10 before surgery.
4.      Remove all manicure, pedicure, accessories, piercings or anything metallic before surgery.

Rhinoplasty in Korea: Post-surgery Care

1.      Do not smoke or drink alcohol for a month after surgery (3 months is better) to avoid any complications.
2.      Follow the correct sleeping positions and post-surgery care instructions.
3.      Use the ice pack/ warm packs as per instructions.
4.      Do not wear glasses, blow your nose or rub your nose hard for a month after surgery.