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First time going for plastic surgery
I'm scared as it is my first time doing surgery, please share your experiences.
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May 1, 2013
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Josh Tam
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The title says it. This July, I will be going to Korea to do my first rhinoplasty job. Would like to know how other people on this forum's first experience was like? What should I keep in mind leh? What are the dos and don'ts? A checklist to be sure of my safety? What did you wish you knew back then too ah?Cool

May 7, 2013
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Hi there, I can tell you a little about my first surgery:
I got double jaw surgery done last August (correct bite) and it was the best decision of my life ^_^ 

I got my lower jaw reduced and the upper jaw advanced. If you going to have a jaw surgery like mine, your cheeks automatically appear fuller. Also sometimes people who got a bump on their nose, it straightens after the surgery. Your nose might widen (alars) from the advancement of your upper jaw, but you're going for a nose-job too so it shouldn't be a problem?

Recovery really depends on people; mine was fairly quickly and I was eating sort-ofregularly by the tenth week, but it really depends on the person. Some are just luckier than others. In the beginning I was numb in the chin area and gums, but not anymore. It's still weird to touch it, but you hardly notice it anymore. Cold/warm weather feels odd, but it's really no big deal.

My surgery was pretty invasive and I think more so than rhinoplasty, so I think you'll be alright.

I'm considering a double eyelid surgery, finally. Good luck with yours!

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@Josh Tam 

 

I haven't done any procedures yet but I would think that understanding the possible complications and the required aftercare is mostly enough of a checklist? Finding a surgeon that's skilled in the kind of surgery you want is also important? I am still finding out which is best for my eye enlargement and double eyelid surgery, myself!

June 5, 2013
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@Josh Tam 

I am going this August and I feel the same way as you do. I'm a medical student and I'm taking extensive precautions to make my post healing as smooth as possible. I recommend bringing some tylenol for the swelling and pain, I'm not sure if they will give it to you or not. Also, do not take any blood thinner/pain medications such as Aspirin. When dealing with facial surgery, to reduce swelling, you must elevate the head in a semi-fowlers or high fowlers (sitting up position) in order to subdue the swelling. I would also keep a thermometer close by to check my temperature every 2 hours or so (post-op). This will tell you if you are having a fever or not, a fever is usually an indication of an infection that my have been acquired from septic contamination of the surgical procedure. A normal temperature should be around 95-99 degrees. Anything about 100 degrees should be checked up immediately. And of course, ice and compressions, but I'm sure they will provide that for you. After surgery, I believe you are able to stay in their post-surgery resting rooms and they will attend to you for the first 24hrs or so. They will let you go back to the hotel once they know that you are stable. I'm sure they'll give you a post-op care sheet or so. I hope this helps.

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For traveling safety:

 

-Always bring enough cash with you just in case the place that has already provided service doesn't accept cards.

-Make a copy of your passport, At least 2 or 3, so that if you lose your original copy, you have proof to show them that you are who you say you are

-a universal converter for electrical outlets may be needed if you are coming from America

-bring a conversational korean book in order to talk to them and make sure no misunderstandings are present

-if going with the LITE PLAN, in which no food is provided, make sure to do your grocery shopping the first day  day you arrive in Korea because the next day you won't have time since you will be getting surgery

-have a copy of your flight details in hand and keep your documentation regarding your surgery

-SCHEDULE OUT WHEN IS WHAT and be aware of time differences.

-If you have a person or IDOL you want to look similar to, bring a print out picture of them to give to the surgeon

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June 20, 2013
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hi Josh

 

may i know which doctor will be performing your Rhinoplasty?

 

September 24, 2013
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@Saya Ari you're a medical student? you are so awesome! Thanks for the tips :) We could all use some. Have you done surgery at Korea before? You seem knowledgeable.

September 30, 2013
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Saya Ari said
For traveling safety:

 

-Always bring enough cash with you just in case the place that has already provided service doesn't accept cards.

-Make a copy of your passport, At least 2 or 3, so that if you lose your original copy, you have proof to show them that you are who you say you are

-a universal converter for electrical outlets may be needed if you are coming from America

-bring a conversational korean book in order to talk to them and make sure no misunderstandings are present

-if going with the LITE PLAN, in which no food is provided, make sure to do your grocery shopping the first day  day you arrive in Korea because the next day you won't have time since you will be getting surgery

-have a copy of your flight details in hand and keep your documentation regarding your surgery

-SCHEDULE OUT WHEN IS WHAT and be aware of time differences.

-If you have a person or IDOL you want to look similar to, bring a print out picture of them to give to the surgeon

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Very helpful tips. Thanks Saya :)    

If I'm going to deal with meals on my own, what kind of food would be good for recovery? Any suggestions?Smile

October 5, 2013
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@cynthia yang  haha hey, I think it depends on what kind of surgery you did :) ? I mean if you did a surgery procedure on the jaw then probably light meals/liquid-based like congee? (The healthy, nutritious kind of course! Got to heal and maintain your health!) 

That's what I'd do anyway if I did a jaw surgery. Laugh

October 9, 2013
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@Roseen G  Most important is to have friends and family around you when you are recovering!! I read Seoul TouchUp testimonials, was so touched that they treat customers like family. Good to know that there are people who are not family who will take care of you like that eh. :)) 

November 14, 2013
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is there any translator there to help us , the foreign patient, to explain what we want to the doctor? is it right if we once did a plastic surgery we have to do it continously? please answer my questions, i need some encouragements to do plastic surgery. thank you Cry

November 17, 2013
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Hi there @gilly putri, yes, there are trained medical translators included in some of our packages. Confused

 

It depends on what kind of surgery you want to do. What kind of surgery did you have in mind? Cool

November 18, 2013
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Hey Guys and Girls,

 

My reply might be long but bear with me =] Me being "VERY" asian with a very white personality, it kind of made me feel awkward most of the time coz i never really fit in. Yeah, on the outside i would laugh with the rest while they joke about my big cheeks and my slanted eyes but it really did hurt, i mean i was a kid ..

And so, my journey began almost 10 years ago:

1. When i graduated middle school, i got my eyes done. It was a new trend, to have the double eye lids and to look more Westernized was something i felt like i needed to do. During the first few weeks, i remember not being able to look up coz my eyes were so swollen and had to stay home for nearly a month coz i was scared of people who would probably stare at me. Eventually, the swelling went down and it made my eyes look bigger and my lashes look longer, or maybe i always had long lashes hidden there =] But, it's been 10 years and it looks very natural and i always get compliments on how beautiful my eyes are =]

2. The second thing about being born from my mom is we literally are FLAT CHESTED, we don't even have the cute lil A cups.. So, i asked for a Breast Augmentation for my 18th Birthday and got a nice 34C in Seattle, WA (5K USD). I flaunted that thing for a good 3 years.

3. Maybe i flaunted them too much coz by the time i turned 21, i found out that i was pregnant. And, from a size 2 i ballooned to a hefty size 14. I am only 5'3 btw and all that extra weight made my skin stretch everywhere that i had no place that didn't have those nasty lines and left me with a nice long scar on my abdomen since i gave birth through a C-section. But i have such a handsome baby boy =]

4. ALl that weight came off, well most of it but i still had the tummy skin hanging and i opted for a Tummy tuck and a Breast revision in Seoul, Korea in June of 2013. The Doctor i went to said that both of them can't be done at the same time due to complications and so i decided to do the Tummy tuck (10K USD) and a rhinoplasty (4K USD). Worst mistake ever! You see, initially i googled some hospitals like BK, ID and VIP but when i got to Seoul a friend of mine told me he knew a smaller but better place, i trusted him and went through with the surgeries there...turns out, he gets a % out of all the customers he brings. In fact this doctor made me look worse than i did before, my nose is soooo freaking big i don't even take pictures anymore and my tummy has a longer scar than before. You know what the worst past is, after the tummy tuck i had a bad case of Hematoma on the left side and on my left side he cut it open under general anesthesia and let me fly 1 hour later!!! I was bleeding on my flight back, i had to use wheelchairs and everything.

5. So, after that horrible experience i decided that i have to stick to an agency, coz at least then i know who i can talk to if anything goes wrong because when i talked to some places to give me advice on my case they said even if i claim a lawsuit the Clinic always wins and there is no law that really protects the foreigners who have had the surgery. So, this is why i chose this place and i am planning to get the following:

- Rhinoplasty revision

-Tummy tuck revision with lipo

-Lip augmentation

-Chemical peels

-V line surgery

-Cheek reduction/ lip

-Chin implant

-Brazilian butt lift

 

 

I know it sounds ridiculous, but you know what, you only live once and you have to make the best  of it. An ugly duckling needs to turn into a nice bird, if not into a Swan =] Yeah, i know that real beauty is what's inside that counts, but let's be honest how many have us been judged based on how we look and don't you think prettier people seem to get better opportunities and better luck in romance?

 

Sorry for the long message but i just thought it's good to let people know that you can't trust everything you hear..gotta do your homework dearies =]

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@PinkSter sorry this may seem a dumb question. can u describe the pain during and after the surgery for your eye surgery? i am looking to get mine done soon and i want to be mentally prepared. thankx

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@Josh Tam , by now you would have completed the surgery. Could you share your experience with us? 

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