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December 26, 2014
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Hi guys!

I just returned from my Korean plastic surgery trip this past week, and it was absolutely amazing! As many of you guys have noticed, I am very active on the forum and have been rewarded with a life-changing experience, granted to me by Seoul TouchUp. I urge you to read my review of my experience, which can be found here ( .....m/reviews/ ) and will be posted down below. :) 

Also, if you guys have any questions at all regarding my experience, please do not hesitate to comment down below and PM me. I will answer your questions in regards to my own personal experience to the best of my ability. :)

 

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Now without any further ado, here is my review:

Absolutely outstanding! My plastic surgery trip to Korea with Seoul TouchUp was effortless and impeccable. Not only was my team an absolute pleasure to work with professionally, but they also made Korea feel like home by welcoming me with open arms. Before the trip, I was a nervous train wreck: 1) this was my first international trip alone to a country on the other side of the world where I knew not a single soul/Seoul and 2) I was going there for plastic surgery! However, the basis of my trip stemmed from years upon years of constant bullying that ate away at my self-esteem, so I was committed to the trip despite it seeming like an insurmountable amount of work and details.

Like most people considering plastic surgery for the first time, I had no idea where to start. Fortunately, I stumbled upon the Seoul TouchUp website and forum. Eager to find a community of people in my situation, I began interacting with my fellow forum members until I eventually accumulated enough points to obtain a complimentary TouchUp Lite plan.

My coordinator Youngmin alleviated my stress through her weekly phone calls and answered my questions thoroughly and in a manner that I could easily understand. She recommended clinics best fit for my case and worked with my somewhat awkward schedule during a peak season. Upon my arrival, a team was already waiting to pick me up, and everything seemed so surreal. Youngmin, Jasmin, and Mr. Jin were absolutely wonderful throughout the trip. They eased my nerves the day of the surgery, ensured I recovered swiftly and comfortably, and even enlightened me about Korean culture.

The departure date was bittersweet. 8 days and 7 nights in Korea flew by, but it was all worth it. With the help of Seoul TouchUp’s staff, I was able to overcome my self-esteem issues with minimal stress and forged some friendships along the way. In hindsight, I still almost cannot believe that I was given this amazing opportunity of a lifetime. As an active member of the Seoul TouchUp forum, I was granted this life-changing experience, and I left Korea with newfound confidence and new friendships. Thank you, Seoul TouchUp!

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December 26, 2014
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Amazing! Stories like this give me hope. Seoul TouchUp, what an amazing way to thank forum members! How is the recovery going so far, and which surgeries did you end up getting? So glad that everything went well for you. <3

December 27, 2014
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Recovery's going well :) I was a bit swollen when I left Korea, but it's all subsiding :P I ended up getting double eyelid surgery, nose job, and my laugh lines filled in. I already had double eyelids, but they were uneven, so I got those fixed. My main concern was my nose, but I am very pleased with the results thus far :P Still a little swollen tho, but I'm extremely excited to see the final results :D

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December 27, 2014
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Welcome back!! So glad to hear everything went well :) which clinic did you end up going to? And did you visit multiple clinics when you first got to Seoul, or did you already know which one you wanted?

Thanks so much for providing so much assistance to fellow forum-goers! x

December 27, 2014
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@ames3j , thank you! I ended up going to a clinic popular among Korean locals. I did not visit multiple clinics when I first got to Seoul because of my limited time, so before I left America, my coordinator already had my appointments booked. :)

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I have been waiting for this post since I PM'd you months ago! I am so, so glad to hear everything went well. Would you by chance consider posting pics of your recovery? Or at least a few updates so we know how things are going.

I just want to know about everything, but I'll try to restrain myself to a few questions:

1) Did you have any trouble communicating with people? I am assuming the translator for your appointments did a good job because you are happy with the results, but did you go anywhere in Korea without the translator or have issues when the translator wasn't there?

2) How was the hotel? (I really just want to know what it's like in Korea, haha)

3) How did Seoul TouchUp go about helping you find a clinic? (I'm worried that because I have a lot of different procedures I want done, it will be hard to find a clinic that has good surgeons to do all of them)

4) Do you think 8 days was long enough (from the recovery perspective, no time is long enough for visiting Korea for fun!) I am still torn between going for the Lite plan because it is inexpensive or choosing a longer plan so I have more time to do things (and recover)

5) What was the clinic like? Did your translator come with you for the procedure? What was it like when you went in for your procedure? Sorry for all the questions I'm just so curious.

I am absolutely sure I will think of other things to ask you but right now I'm just so happy for you! Please don't feel the need to respond to anything you don't want to.

January 19, 2015
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To answer the questions above,

1) I did not have any trouble communicating with people. Whenever I went out, I had my coordinator/team or my driver around. During the consultation, I would speak in English to my coordinator regarding what I'd like, and she translated it to the doctor. The doctor would then speak to her in Korean, and she would translate it in English. Although the doctor spoke/understood some English, it was clear that he preferred to speak and be spoken to in Korean in order to grasp my needs and desires.

2) I thought the hotel was really nice! When I entered my room, there was a walkway that lead to a living space with a TV and couch, which was partially separated from the sleeping area with a double queen bed. There was free WiFi, a kitchen, a washing machine, refrigerator/freezer, etc. The bathroom was super nice and clean as well, although I was sad that it didn't have a bathtub.

3) I gave them a list of things I wanted done, and my coordinator narrowed it down to three that fit my desires and worked with my awkward schedule (which was also during a peak season). I then did some research about the clinics myself, and we discussed which would be best for my case before I ultimately decided.

4) Personally, since my schedule was weird. I ended up arriving in the evening my first day, so my consultation was in the lateish evening, and my procedure was on the second day in the early morning. Stitches are removed earlier/later depending on your recovery rate, and I had my stitches removed on the 6th day rather than the 7th, and I left Korea a few hours after my stitches were removed. So to answer your question, I feel that you'd need more than 8 days in order to go exploring more than I did. I was more concerned with not over-exerting myself to ensure a quicker recovery although I already had plans to come back to Korea for fun when I go back to Asia later.

5) The surgeon I had was absolutely pleasant. He was honest about what procedures I should consider, and which I don't need or might be wasteful for my case. I also wanted a natural look, so he advised me on what was natural and what wasn't, which I also appreciated. On the day of my procedures, I was really nervous, but my team was there to alleviate my nerves before and after the procedures. 

As for photos, I don't feel comfortable posting them on a public forum. 

@Isis King 

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dnice said
To answer the questions above,

1) I did not have any trouble communicating with people. Whenever I went out, I had my coordinator/team or my driver around. During the consultation, I would speak in English to my coordinator regarding what I'd like, and she translated it to the doctor. The doctor would then speak to her in Korean, and she would translate it in English. Although the doctor spoke/understood some English, it was clear that he preferred to speak and be spoken to in Korean in order to grasp my needs and desires.

2) I thought the hotel was really nice! When I entered my room, there was a walkway that lead to a living space with a TV and couch, which was partially separated from the sleeping area with a double queen bed. There was free WiFi, a kitchen, a washing machine, refrigerator/freezer, etc. The bathroom was super nice and clean as well, although I was sad that it didn't have a bathtub.

3) I gave them a list of things I wanted done, and my coordinator narrowed it down to three that fit my desires and worked with my awkward schedule (which was also during a peak season). I then did some research about the clinics myself, and we discussed which would be best for my case before I ultimately decided.

4) Personally, since my schedule was weird. I ended up arriving in the evening my first day, so my consultation was in the lateish evening, and my procedure was on the second day in the early morning. Stitches are removed earlier/later depending on your recovery rate, and I had my stitches removed on the 6th day rather than the 7th, and I left Korea a few hours after my stitches were removed. So to answer your question, I feel that you'd need more than 8 days in order to go exploring more than I did. I was more concerned with not over-exerting myself to ensure a quicker recovery although I already had plans to come back to Korea for fun when I go back to Asia later.

5) The surgeon I had was absolutely pleasant. He was honest about what procedures I should consider, and which I don't need or might be wasteful for my case. I also wanted a natural look, so he advised me on what was natural and what wasn't, which I also appreciated. On the day of my procedures, I was really nervous, but my team was there to alleviate my nerves before and after the procedures. 

As for photos, I don't feel comfortable posting them on a public forum. 

@Isis King 

Thank you SO MUCH!!! I feel so much better about everything now, lol

February 22, 2015
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Hi @dnice!

I'm also from America looking looking overseas for a nose job. I was wondering how the payment plan works. Do you pay Seoul touchup before the arrival? Also, how far in advance should you fill out a form for surgery in Korea? 
Did you go for a more natural or dramatic change? And which clinic did you use?

 

Thank you!

Jessie <3

February 28, 2015
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No idea about the payment but Seoul TouchUp says that you should fill out the form around 3 months before you're planning to go to Korea. (I submitted my form about 2 months ago but because I'm thinking of going in about a year they said they'd only send a detailed response 3 months before the proposed departure date)

All the best for your surgery! x

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They contacted me 2 days ago and I now nothing! I think we will be planning soon though!

 

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Hi @dnice!
I'm also from America looking looking overseas for a nose job. I was wondering how the payment plan works. Do you pay Seoul touchup before the arrival? Also, how far in advance should you fill out a form for surgery in Korea? 
Did you go for a more natural or dramatic change? And which clinic did you use?

 

Thank you!

Jessie <3

Hi @jam , sorry for the late reply! As far as I know, there is no payment plan. I think I submitted my form 2 months prior to actually going to Korea, but I definitely paid for the plan prior to arrival. I went to Korea for more of a natural (subtle) change, and I went to THE plastic, which is a popular clinic among Korean locals. :)

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@dnice so are   saying the points doesn't count??

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How good is The Clinic. I have only seen their posters, is it really good and how are your results so far

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@dnice so are   saying the points doesn't count??

Hi @Mitchie ,

Sorry about the delayed response. Forum points do count, but you still have to pay a refundable deposit to reserve your spot. I'm happy with my results thus far! :) 

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Nice. Did you go for consultation the same day you arrived from the airport?

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Nice. Did you go for consultation the same day you arrived from the airport?

Hi! I answered this question in another thread already (a little late >w<), but yes! I went straight to the clinic after my flight landed.

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Recovery's going well :) I was a bit swollen when I left Korea, but it's all subsiding :P I ended up getting double eyelid surgery, nose job, and my laugh lines filled in. I already had double eyelids, but they were uneven, so I got those fixed. My main concern was my nose, but I am very pleased with the results thus far :P Still a little swollen tho, but I'm extremely excited to see the final results :D

@dnice 

Thank you so much for your review!  

 

Could you tell me what you used to fill your laugh lines and how much it cost?  Did you do fat grafting for your laugh lines?

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Recovery's going well :) I was a bit swollen when I left Korea, but it's all subsiding :P I ended up getting double eyelid surgery, nose job, and my laugh lines filled in. I already had double eyelids, but they were uneven, so I got those fixed. My main concern was my nose, but I am very pleased with the results thus far :P Still a little swollen tho, but I'm extremely excited to see the final results :D

@dnice 

Thank you so much for your review!  

 

Could you tell me what you used to fill your laugh lines and how much it cost?  Did you do fat grafting for your laugh lines?

@lele 

Honestly, I thiiiink it was silicone pads, but I may have to double check. My original plan was to use fat grafting to fill in my laugh lines and maybe even augment my chin, but I was told (and I later confirmed with additional research) that fat grafting to the nasolabial folds (laugh lines) often yield unnatural looking results. Using fat in the nasolabial folds often causes the fat to settle on either side of the fold, making the laugh lines seem even deeper than they originally were... :( The cool thing about the silicone(?) pads, though, was that the psurgeon actually customised them to my face, so they were the most natural looking for my case. :) 

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I can't believe it's been exactly a year since I was in Korea with Seoul TouchUp. I miss you guys, @Seoul TouchUp ! :)

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Dnice!! :) It is great to hear from you. We all miss you so much. We often talk about you in the office, how happy we are to see you happy :) You know you are very special to us, and very excited to see your involvement in forum.

Time really flies. We can't believe that we only have 2 weeks left of 2015. How's your New Year's resolution going? We believe Joon wants to attend your "w@@@ing" soon :) :):) ;) We will ask him to give you a shout.  :)

Thank you again, Dnice. We wish you lots of blessings and amazing 2016. Cool

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