While South Korea may be considered the cosmetic surgery capital of the world, Korean rhinoplasty may not necessarily be the best option for you. The reason for this is that so many Westerners incorrectly believe that rhinoplasty procedures are performed to change the Asian face and make it more Caucasian but this is not actually the case. Let’s have a look at one of the most common cosmetic surgeries being performed in the world today – the rhinoplasty – and why you shouldn’t be thinking about going to exotic locations like Seoul, South Korea for a rhinoplasty.
Understanding The True Value Of Working With Local Professionals
Korean rhinoplasty can be performed for a deviated septum, a droopy nose, to change the shape of the cartilage in a bulbous nose, to change the nose tip by creating an upturned nose or to reduce the size of the nose. Rhinoplasty surgery is also commonly requested to change the shape and size of the nose bridge.
We understand that many patients are sensitive to rhinoplasty costs and would like to save money on their cosmetic surgery procedure where possible. What we would like to highlight is the fact that cost is not always an indicator of value. Being able to have a rhinoplasty for less doesn’t mean that the procedures are of the same standard.
Understanding The Costs Of Medical Tourism And Cosmetic Surgery
Traveling to exotic locations like Seoul, South Korea, Bali and Hong Kong for a rhinoplasty has become fashionable, so that locals can save money on cosmetric surgery procedures. What Australians should try to remember is that you generally get what you pay for and the reality of a cheaper rhinoplasty may be reflected in the quality of the work.
Reasons Why Korean Rhinoplasty May Not Be For You
Personalised service and rhinoplasty procedures
You would want to meet with your surgeon more than once, and have enough time to make informed and thoughtful decisions about what you are going to do. You most certainly do not want to be rushed into the procedure, or to feel the need to wrap it up quickly so that you can accommodate it within your flight dates.
Medical and surgical risks
Every surgery carries with it some degree of risk, and it’s important that your surgeon highlights and discusses these risks with you before any work is done or deposits are paid. Ignoring those risks could lead to serious complications that can be costly to fix in the future.
In the event that something does go wrong, either through fault of your cosmetic surgeon or because of a problem with the system, if you do have your nose job in Australia, there is recourse you can take. Your medical rights as a patient are protected by local legislation when you have a surgery in Australia and it would be much easier to have mistakes corrected if necessary. When you are in a foreign country like South Korea and you experience a problem, you would need to resolve it on your own and there are so many variables it can be very difficult to achieve.
Your nose is the most prominent feature on your face, and botched rhinoplasty procedures are difficult to miss. It isn’t worth taking the risk.
Follow up treatment
A rhinoplasty is a delicate procedure and requires a fair amount of follow up consultation to ensure the healing process goes smoothly, and that you are satisfied with your end result. If you do have a problem or need some professional advice from your cosmetic surgeon, it is so much easier if he or she is locally based.
Owing to the sensitivity of the nose area, some patients may even want a second rhinoplasty procedure a year after their first nose job. This can be difficult if you need to jump on a plane and cross an ocean to visit your cosmetic surgeon.
Differences in aesthetics
Western and Eastern concepts of beauty are not always the same, and the nose you might want may be a surprise for a Korean surgeon. When we are called upon to perform corrective procedures, we often hear stories from patients who had an expectation of their end result but were dismayed with the job because it looked nothing like they had envisaged. Often, on closer investigation the surgeon who did the work may still think that what was done was perfectly acceptable – all because of differences in beauty ideals.
This doesn’t mean there was anything wrong with the surgeon or the work that was done, it just means there is a marked difference in opinion in Western and Eastern beauty ideals. And very often in these instances, the difference in aesthetics can be attributed to difficulties in communication between a patient and cosmetic surgeon.
Managing The Cost Of Your Korean Nose Job
While it might be tempting to try to have your nose job done at a lower cost, it isn’t with taking the risk. If affordability is an issue for you, it would be better to consider a payment plan or to save up for the procedure with a local surgeon that you trust.
To find out more about Korean rhinoplasty please contact us for a confidential discussion: (02) 8599 7161.