Thursday, January 17, 2019

Healing process for liposuction

Liposuction differs from other surgeries because post-surgery routine dictates how successful your surgery results will be.

On this post, we put together the recovery process for liposuction along with tips to help you heal quickly.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Prepare for your surgery day before coming to Korea

Preparing for surgery before coming to Korea

Do not get overwhelmed at the thought of having surgery in Korea.

We have a detailed guide for you to prepare yourself.

Read more on this post here.

What to eat after plastic surgery in Korea?

Anyone going to another country to have surgery will definitely be worried about what to eat after.

Especially if they have to stay for 2 weeks in a new country.

Don't worry!

In this post, we give you all the information about what you should and should not eat while recovering from plastic surgery in Korea!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Healing process for forehead reduction process

One of our most requested posts is the healing process for forehead reduction surgery.

Forehead reduction surgery is used to lower the hairline, therefore decreasing the forehead height.

Compared to other facial contouring surgeries, the recovery is faster.

To read the whole post, click here!

Friday, December 14, 2018

How to look younger with under eye surgeries

The under eye area is one of the key indicators of aging.   

As you get older, the collagen production reduces, the skin thins or sags and eye bags start to show. 

Contrary to popular belief, there is no one surgery that will suit everyone.   

Depending on the actual symptoms, skin elasticity, fat, and collagen, the recommended surgery will differ.

To give you a better idea of each surgery’s function, let’s look at four different cases that deal with the under eye area.

All the below surgeries require a week’s stay in Korea (post-surgery). 

Major swelling and bruising take 1-2 weeks and minor swelling takes 3-6 months.  

Under eye fat graft

  A fat graft is a procedure by which fat is extracted from the abdomen or thigh area, and used to add volume to areas of the face.   

This surgery benefits anyone who has hollow under eye area. The fat is used to fill out the sunken areas and this, in turn, will make anyone look younger.  

Under eye fat repositioning

For this type of case, the inner parts of the under eye area appears to be hollow yet there are visible under eye bags. 

An under eye fat repositioning surgery takes the fat from the under eye fat pockets and repositions the fat evenly under the eye, and smoothens out the under eye area.  

Under eye bag removal

For this type of case, the under eye bags are prominent, yet there is no visible sunken area under the eyes. 

The fat deposits under the eye can be removed to make the under eye area smooth.  

Lower blepharoplasty

  This surgery is for anyone in their 40s or 50s. The under eye bags are very visible and there is considerable saggy in the under eye area.

An incision is made in the lower part of the eye, excess fat and skin are removed and the skin is lifted to make the under eye area smooth.   

Hope this post helped to clarify the different surgical procedures for the under eye area but if you have any questions or would like an online consultation, click here. 

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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