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How to have a discount price for plastic surgery? Check out when the busiest season for Korean plastic surgery is

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In Korea, there is a season for plastic surgery. According to the Fn today, Medical aesthetics in Korea has the busiest time right after the university entry exam (Su Neung) and before entering university.

The entry exam is typically around the middle of November and many students go to medical aesthetic clinics to get over the complex that they have had after finishing their exams.

Treatment fees are affected based on the market’s demand and supply.

Obviously, if you know how to avoid the busy season, you can enjoy more competitive fees. Let’s check out the busiest season for plastic surgery in Korea.

1. From November to February after the university entry exam

November to February is the most popular season for Korean students.

Most medical aesthetic clinics will have marketing campaigns that target students.

For example, there are many promotions like 1 for 1 hot deal on the surgery if friends have treatments together at the same clinic. Also, clinics provide the discount deal if patients do multiple areas at the same time.

An interesting fact is to qualify for these promotions, clinics have a verification process to make sure students had the entry exam this year.

Viral marketing is usually one of the most efficient way of acquiring customers. Clinics launch events to target group of friends together so that one can refer to another when one has a good result.

These student patients have more free time compared to office workers on the weekdays hence clinics have more incentives to promote.

2. Lunar new year (Seol Nal) and mid-autumn festival (Chu Seok), biggest holidays in Korea

Typically, recovery of plastic surgery requires at least 1 week.

Because of this, office workers prefer public holidays to have enough recovery time. According to JobKorea, the most preferred plastic surgery done over a public holiday by office workers is the nose job. Over public holidays, Korean office workers also return to their hometown similar to the Chinese. However, every year  20 ~30% more people are visiting clinics for medical aesthetic treatments.

According to Koreadaily news, one plastic surgeon in Gangnam had to perform so many surgeries over the holiday period until midnight.

A more interesting fact is that this trend not only applies to young workers but also to the older generation as a gift from their children.

Normally, popular clinics will be fully booked 1 month before over the holiday season so you should book in advance if you want to have a treatment over this period.

In 2019, the holiday for lunar new year(Seol nal) in Korea is from 15th to 17th in Feb and Mid-Autumn festival (Chu Seok) is from 23rd to 25th of September.

3.  Summer break for students and Summer holiday for workers!

Summer break for students in Korea is typically from June to August and the peak summer holiday season for employees is from the end of July to the beginning of August.

Although the most popular time for students is the winter break right after university entry exam and before entering university, many students still like using the summer break for areas they did not have time for.

Korea employees go for summer vacation at the end of July so this is one of the busiest periods as well.

Of course, treatments which require more time to rest are the most popular.

4. Before finding a job

There are 2 big recruitment seasons by Korean companies. 

1st half of the year is between April to May and 2nd half of the year is between September to October.

According to Korea daily, many students believe that a good appearance is a key competitive factor in the job market.

According to online job site, 64% of hiring managers check the appearance of candidates and they consider 1st impression and image to be important.

Many job seekers in Korea try to improve their appearance and get over their complex to have more confidence. These people tend to do the treatments before April and September.

*NOTE: The article is for general information only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

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