Thursday, December 6, 2018

Healing process for rhinoplasty in korea

Before having surgery, many people are worried about the healing 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.

 Healing Process for Rhinoplasty


Healing 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.

Healing 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.

Healing 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.

Healing 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.

Healing 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.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Canadian transgender has FFS in Korea : Amazing results!

Gigi came from Canada 6 months ago to have her FFS at ID Hospital Korea. Here are her 6 months results! 

She had the following surgeries, Rhinoplasty, V-line Surgery, Cheekbone Reduction Surgery, Brow Bone Reduction Surgery and Forehead Reduction Surgery.

These are all considered facial feminization surgeries (FFS).

Gigi during consultation 

ID: Hi Gigi! It’s been 6 months since you FFS at ID hospital! Tell us how did you progress after you left Korea? How was the healing process?

Gigi: The healing process has been going well for me. I sometimes get the odd sudden pain in my face but it only lasts for a couple seconds but other than that, everything else is great.

ID: How do you feel after having your FFS at ID hospital? Are you satisfied with the results?

Gigi: I feel good about my surgeries so far. I'm still healing so I hope in another 6 months’ time, I’ll be fully satisfied with the results.

2 weeks after surgery results 

ID: Have the surgeries improved your confidence the way you imagined?

Gigi: Yes, the surgeries have improved my confidence level. I can now walk more confidently. There is a distinct difference from before the surgery. I am so glad I had my FFS at ID hospital.

ID: How did your friends and family react after seeing your surgery results?

Gigi: Everyone has been telling me how much more beautiful I look, and how natural the surgery results are. It doesn't look fake or unnatural, and no one really knows unless I tell them I had surgery.

One month results : lot of swelling present (swelling reduced asymmetrically)

ID: Do other people notice you have had surgery? Do you talk about your surgeries to others?

Gigi: Other people who I've been meeting after my surgeries have no idea i had any work done, because I do look so "soft" and "natural". 

If I feel comfortable talking to new people about my surgeries I will but they can't really tell. I just look more naturally pretty.

ID: Will you have more surgical procedures?

Gigi: As of right now, I don't think I need any more surgeries on my face.

ID: Would you recommend FFS at ID hospital to other patients, and why?

Gigi: Yes, I would recommend having FFS at ID hospital to others because the doctors I had were so experienced on FFS and had worked on other trans patients, so I really trusted them.

ID: Any tips for patients coming to Korea to have surgery for the first time?

Gigi: My recommendation for new patients going to Korea would be to educate yourself on the doctors there and don't be afraid because you are in very good hands. 

ID: What would you like to say to other patients who are considering FFS? Any messages you would like to share?

Gigi: Do your research on FFS, and don't be afraid to ask questions to the doctor and tell them what YOU WANT. 

Don't worry about what others find "beautiful". Beauty comes from the inside and it will show.

If you want to have your FFS online consultation, click here.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

7 reasons NOT to get plastic surgery in Korea

On the daily you get bombarded with perfect faces and bodies in instagram/facebook/youtube and the like.

That makes some of us want to get surgery to look perfect too!

So should everyone have surgery?

The answer is NO!

Surgery is NOT for everyone and we have 7 reasons why you should NOT get surgery.


Everyone repeats the “research, research, research” motto but how many of us actually take the time to do the proper research.

Seeing before and after photos and reading reviews are good but like anything on the internet, you have to take it with a grain of salt.

That being said, if you cannot commit to getting to know what your surgery entails, information about your surgeon, experience level etc. just DON'T get surgery.

Realistic expectations

This is one of the reasons so many people get dissatisfied with surgery results.

Plastic surgery is not a MAGIC WAND! It doesn’t just make you look beautiful like the IG models.

What it does, is enhance what you were born with. 

The reason some surgery results are so dramatic is because the right surgeries were done to give the facial balance it was missing.

There are limits to surgery, example, someone with thick skin on the nose, can expect to have a slimmer nose, but not a complete Barbie nose, because there are limitations based on your own body.

Everyone is different so the results are different for every person, so if you have unrealistic expectations, DON’T have surgery.

Swelling / Bruising


People really need to calm down and realize that getting surgery is not MAGIC.

You don’t get surgery and look like a beauty queen in 24 hours.

Healing takes time, and swelling and bruising depends on your own body and its healing mechanism.
If you do not have the patience to sit tight and let your body heal, NO surgery for you.

Botched surgery

AGAIN…another thing people go on and on about.

Key point here, all surgeons are humans. Things can go wrong sometimes.

Your body can react unexpectedly to surgery and that is not something anyone can know in advance or have control over.

It is the same for any kind of surgery, so there is always a chance that things will not come out as expected and that is something you have to be able to deal with.

If you are not willing to take the risk, then do NOT get surgery. It’s that easy.

Can’t make time to heal


Why do people take sick days off for getting the flu but think that it is alright to get back to work right after surgery?

The body needs TIME to heal, so if you want to commit to surgery, you need to make the time to heal after.

Not only is it crucial, it can make all the difference.

SO if you do not have time to spare, say NO to surgery.

Can’t afford surgery

It’s nothing to be ashamed of. You do not have enough money at the moment, not a problem.
Save up, take a loan or find an alternative BUT if none of those options work for you then don’t get surgery.

No point in getting surgery and making your financial situation worst.

You don’t need that type of stress when healing!

Trust issues

Saved the best for the last…

The internet is full of lies, deal with it! We all have trust issues and are wary of what someone says or what they try to sell us.

HERE is an important tip though.

Trust is necessary between a doctor and their patient.

You have to TRUST your doctor.

If you cannot trust your doctor, their abilities, their experience, their recommendations, their opinions…Then do NOT have surgery. Period.

Comment below if you agree.