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Travelling South Korea for Plastic Surgery: Is it really worth it?

Plastic Surgery Before And After- JK
Courtesy: JK Plastic Surgery

Are you amazed at the way Korean idols look and thinking of having your surgery done in Korea? However, you’re daunted with the thoughts of how to get the best advice for the right surgery?

Well in this article, we will discover: Is Travelling to South Korea for Plastic Surgery worth it or not.

According to BusinessInsider, South Korea has the highest rate of plastic surgeries in the world. With over 1 million plastic surgeries a year, South Korea is not just the capital of plastic surgery but is also one of the very competitive markets with highly educated plastic surgeons.

Natural-looking results and a youthful look makes South Korea very high in demand among the seekers of cosmetic surgery. If you are navigating through the dark to find the right clinics and surgeons, then you are at the right place. Keep on reading to find out how!

How to get the right clinic

Finding the right clinic is very important to get your cosmetic surgery done well and avoid a nightmare situation. 

So how do you find the right clinic if you can’t read Korean on the websites of the best plastic surgery hospitals?

Charmfidence: A user friendly mobile app and social media platform for cosmetic treatments & plastic surgery. You can find real reviews, free 1:1 consultations, community support, transparency in treatment costs and verified information of doctors and clinics.

Download the app and always stay in touch with the community!

Quora: The highly active community for getting your questions answered by experts or at least someone who has gone through the process.

Reddit: The forum advice on Reddit is genuine and people trust it a lot. Try getting on one of the subreddit and get your initial questions answered. Here are some subreddit you should follow (r/asianbeauty, r/PlasticSurgery, r/KoreanBeauty, r/Korea)

Consulting 1:1

doctor consultation

Consultation with your doctor is the stage where you explain what you want and the doctor advises if it is possible and how it can be done. With technology these days, you don’t even have to be physically present in South Korea for the consultation as there are e-consultations available.

But before you jump on an e-consultation with a plastic surgeon, there are a few things which you should take note of.

  1. Indoor Photos with no natural light
  2. Taking the picture from the right angle

If you want to know in detail, check out our article on e-consultation before you visit South Korea.

How to choose the right Surgeon

Faulty procedures due to doctors performing surgeries in which they do not have any speciality has happened in the past. This is why it is absolutely crucial to find the right surgeon. 

So before you finalize a surgeon, here are some tips you should pay attention to.

Is the surgeon certified and registered?

Is the surgeon a specialist in your desired area?

Do they have Hospitalization option in case of an invasive or complex surgery?

Does the surgeon provide Individualized Consultation?

Make sure you prepare a list of questions before you agree to any surgery.

Is Korean Plastic Surgery a Cookie Cutter Procedure?

Critics mention that Koreans look the same and all of them have the same nose. Well, if you don’t know the exact look that you want or the area on which you wanted to improve on, you might end up in a situation of looking the same as others. 

How to avoid this situation?

Have a detailed consultation with your doctor on this. Every person is different and so are their requirements. Plastic surgery is never meant to be a one size fits all. 

It is of utmost importance that you get the right consultation. Also, you should avoid looking at only cheap options to avoid the nightmare of botched surgeries that will leave you in pain and regret.

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Why South Korea for Plastic Surgery?

The South Korean Plastic Surgery industry not only attracts locals but also has a big market attracting foreigners from different parts of the world to get their job done.

The highly competitive market and the very high demand for plastic surgery makes Korea one of the best countries in the world for plastic surgery. The proportion of the number of plastic surgeons among Korean doctors is higher than in any other country.

JK Plastic Surgery clinic, one of the leading plastic surgery clinics in Korea claims that their 40-50% of patients are foreigners.

When it comes to plastic surgery, post-surgery advice and follow-ups are as important as pre-surgery consultations and Korean surgeons are very knowledgeable on the entire process.

Compared to the plastic surgeons in some countries who are generalist that can do 5-6 different types of surgeries, Korean surgeons usually only focus on 1 or 2 types of surgeries for their entire career and are specialists in those areas.

If you are looking for face or eye (double-eyelid) surgery then Korea should be your first choice as Korean plastic surgeons that specialize in these areas have the highest ranking among other surgeons in the world. 

A survey conducted by the Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) which involves 1000 patients, reveals that 67.8% out of 1000 have gone through Double-Eyelid surgery.

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The more successful surgeries done directly translates into more experience of the surgeons doing it. Considering this analogy, Korea would be the country where you should travel for your desired surgery.

Planning Your Travel

So once you have gone through e-consultation, the second step is to plan your travel strategically for the surgery and exploring one of the most vibrant cities in the world that is Seoul.

Book your flight tickets and start researching for your ideal accommodation.

If you are looking for budget options then you might go for Airbnb, BnbHero or at

Also, get in touch with your clinic to find a closer and convenient lodging. 

If you are worried about language barriers, this will not be a concern as most of the reputable plastic surgery clinics have a translator for foreign patient operations. Also, if you are staying at a hotel, you may reach out to the front desk for their advice on translators.

So now you have your flight booked, hotel reserved and an appointment fixed, this is the time to be excited about everything else you can do on your trip!


Travelling to an unknown country for plastic surgery could be scary. 

You might worry that there is no one to take care of you in an emergency. But worry not, the industry is so professional and with an app like Charmfidence , all the best clinics are on one platform to provide advice, respond to your questions and are completely transparent with prices and their services. Rely on user reviews and the Charmfidence community to find and discover the most appropriate treatments. It has never been so easy to navigate to the best surgeons! 

If you have any questions about doing surgery in Korea, please share your comment below and one of our experts from Korea will help answer you.

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