Aesthetic Surgery in Korea


South Korea is the fourth largest consumer of aesthetic surgery in the world with the USA being the leading country. Research shows that the United States had a total of about 4 million procedures.  Meanwhile the leading country in aesthetic surgery per capita in the world. In 2014 alone more than 980,000 operations were recorded. This averages at about 20 persons per 1000. South Korea has had the top per capita operations since 2009 making plastic surgery in the country to be a big business.


The Cost of Aesthetic Surgery:

The cost of aesthetic surgery in Korea varies depending on the procedure, the complexity, hospital, surgeon and number of treatments. The eyelid surgery costs far less than the facelift costs. The forehead aesthetic surgery and the gastric bypass are one of the most expensive costs. The cheapest aesthetic treatments are Botox and cellulite treatment. Most of these procedures require one treatment while a number of them like chemical peel and Botox have to be done several times.


The Goals and Types:

The purpose of aesthetic surgery in Korea treatment is always to improve a patient’s appearance and self-esteem. The aesthetic surgery can be performed on any part of the face or body. There are about 19 aesthetic procedures that can be done on the face. These includes Botox, cheek lift, chin surgery, chemical peel, aesthetic dentistry, eyelid surgery and wrinkle treatment. Meanwhile, there are about ten procedure that can be done on the body. These ranges from a breast lift, butt lift, tummy tuck, inner thigh lift, and body liposuction.


The Side Effects and Risks:

One of the most common side effects of aesthetic surgery in Korea is nerve damage which can be identified as a numbness or tingling sensation on the operated area. For example, about 15% of women lose nipple sensation after breast augmentation. Infections are the other major challenge that the patient faces. About 2-4% of the patient will encounter skin infection (cellulitis).