My Seoul Makeover Surgery Experience

My Seoul Makeover Surgery Experience

ID Hospital, Gangnam, Seoul, South-Korea

November 13, 2016

Day 80 after caucasian male surgeryHi! You’ve probably landed on this page because you’re looking for information on where to do plastic surgery, what you can expect, which hospital is reliable and how fast you can get back to your normal life. That is pretty much what I was looking for a few months ago, and the information was almost impossible to find, especially if you’re a straight, Caucasian male, but let’s back up a little bit.

I’m Chris. I’m Belgian and working in Thailand. As a communications coach I’m used to being in front of a lot of people.

Whenever there was a camera around though, I often saw my confidence level drop because of my appearance. I felt that how I looked no longer matched the lively person that I am!  So, yes, I could keep on spending a lot on clothes and hoping the camera would catch me at a good angle or I could tackle the root problem.

As so many straight, Caucasian men do, I was wrestling with the thought ” Isn’t surgery just for women? What will my friends, family, clients say?”

I can tell you, that out of over well more than 200 replies and comments I’ve received, only ONE was negative, and it was from someone that was already born with handsomely good looks. Lots of people do a makeover surgery, and there is absolutely no need to hide it. People appreciate your honesty, so do what you believe in and tell the world about it. If surgery will increase your happiness in life, DO IT! I’m happy I did!!

Why surgery?

Looking into the mirror, I saw the full effects of gravity and lots of smile lines; I smile A LOT! I had a non-permanent thread lift done in Thailand two years earlier and liked the results, but was ready to make some permanent changes and tackle a few more things that were bothering me. My main concerns were my receding chin, a weak jaw line, my bulbous nose and an overall aging appearance.

When you watch TV, you will notice that almost all actors and actresses have a very well defined jawline. Some were born with it, but most had surgery done, so that became my primary interest.

Here are some pictures that highlighted my problem areas.

caucasian male, before surgery, wrinkles, baggy eyelids
caucasian male, before surgery, weak jaw line, wrinkles, baggy eyelids
caucasian male, before surgery, receding chin, weak jawline, fatty underchin

Which hospital?

caucasian male, before surgery, last checkup with surgeon at ID HospitalI started comparing many hospitals and was down to just two. (I will write a post about my selection process soon, so make sure to subscribe to my updates)

A friend had told me about another hospital (my second choice) where he had undergone a botched chin surgery and had lost sensation in his teeth. It convinced me even more to stick to my first choice, the one everyone was raving about: ID Hospital.

It’s the hospital featured in a TV Show that aired in Thailand called “Let me in” where people who have been born with severely deformed bone structures are transformed into ones with supermodel great looks!! I was blown away by the before/after surgery pictures and video testimonials of their friends and spent all night reading every page of their website.

The next day I sent some photos to them and asked for an online consultation. I already had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted but would let them suggest me as if I would undergo a full makeover! They were almost completely in line with what I had in mind. Instead of the two-jaw surgery I chose to go for the jaw augmentation and chin implant two have an almost identical result with even faster recovery time.

 

Before surgery

I had meetings with all of the doctors a few days earlier and felt immediately at ease. They were able to answer any questions I had and suggested me to not remove any fat from the upper eyelid, but instead move the crease a bit, so it appeared less bulky. It was a better solution than what I had in mind. I went back to the hotel, did some sightseeing and prepared for surgery day.

A few days later, I went in for surgery around 10am and was woken up later in the evening around 8pm. Three doctors had performed the operations throughout the day, while I was under full anesthetics. I remember being woken up whilst in the middle of a great dream, so I didn’t feel any pain. My makeover surgery consisted of:

  • Upper eyelid surgery
  • Nose tip surgery
  • Jawline augmentation
  • Chin correction
  • Mini lift + fat removal
caucasian male, before surgery, fatty chin reduction, mini facelift
caucasian male, before surgery, mini facelift, surgeon markings
Going into full anesthesia before makeover surgery

Recovery (Front View)

caucasian male, before surgery, weak jaw line, wrinkles, baggy eyelids
Before

A few days before surgery.

Day 2 after caucasian male surgery
Day 2

I’m not allowed to wash my hair or shave for a few days for the stitches to heal.

Day 2 after caucasian male surgery
Day 4

My face is still swollen and bruised from surgery but I don’t feel any pain at all.

Day 6 after caucasian male surgery
Day 6

It’s been less than a week and the creams, cold/hot packs help a lot to reduce the bruises.

Day 10 after caucasian male surgery
Day 10

Finally I can shave again! Except for a few dark patches, most of the bruising is already gone! I start to see the shape more clearly.

Day 26 after caucasian male surgery
Day 26

I’ve already returned home for over a week and the bruises are fully gone. It’s getting much easier to shave now as well.

Day 27 after caucasian male surgery
Day 27

My jaw muscles are working overtime as there is some added weight (jaw and chin) that they’re not yet fully used to.

Day 35 after caucasian male surgery
Day 35

I’ve stopped looking in the mirror every few hours and don’t consciously think about my jaw or chin anymore.

Day 42 after caucasian male surgery
Day 42

I restarted my workouts this morning! I increased the contrast and brightness as the original photo was very dark.

Day 55 after caucasian male surgery
Day 55

I’m very happy with the results and it hasn’t even been two months! The best results will show 3-6 months after surgery.

Day 78 after caucasian male surgery
Day 78

Just got a haircut that fits better with my new facial features!

Day 80 after caucasian male surgery
Day 80

The most important benefit besides looking younger: increased confidence. Casual style heading out today.

Recovery (Side View/Angle)

caucasian male, before surgery, receding chin, weak jawline, fatty underchin
Before

I have been unhappy about my receding chin for as long as I can remember. Luckily I found the right doctor to correct it.

Day 5 after caucasian male surgery
Day 5

Instead of choosing between two stock implants as in most hospitals, the chin and jawline were x-rayed, measured and precision sculpted to restore natural balance to my face.

Day 10 after caucasian male surgery
Day 10

My nose, chin and jawline are still swollen so the final shape is not visible yet but I trust the team!

Day 27 after caucasian male surgery
Day 27

The stitches have been removed a few weeks ago and all has healed perfectly. I can let my sideburns grow again.

Day 35 after caucasian male surgery
Day 35

It will take a few more months until the end result is visible but the shape is already looking great. I can move my jaw more easily too!

Day 80 after caucasian male surgery
Day 80

I’m really happy about the results and I know it’s still getting better each day. Best decision of my life! Thanks to everyone at ID Hospital!

After care

After surgery care: healing light treatmentEvery couple of days after surgery, I received some short 30 minute treatments inside the hospital to speed up the healing process. All was really relaxed and very professional.

On my last visit I asked them what I could do to get the very best results so they recommended me some products that helped to reduce the swelling and bruising for when I returned back home: Spot Serum, Mild Serum, Cleanser and Toner.

Most effective were the masks – I may include a picture in a future blog post. The first type of mask was to revitalize the skin and improve elasticity. The second helped reduce the swelling and improve the shape in the shortest possible time. Putting them on seven to twenty minutes before going to bed was effortless and a good way to relax from a busy day at work.

ID:ology products to accelerate healing process after surgeryI’ve been emailing them any questions I had since them, and also had a Skype video call with one of the surgeons to follow-up. I’m very impressed by their after care. They really want to make sure I have the best results from the operation and listened to what my goals were right from the beginning, so I’m glad about my choice of hospital.

 

The results

I’m very excited about the results and they will even improve over the months to come. I especially liked this weekend when one of my new friends told me: “I remember that we met before months ago at an event, before but you looked much older than now!”. Worth it!

European male makeover photo after plastic surgery chin correction
European male makeover photo after plastic surgery better define jawline
European male makeover photo after plastic surgery diamond shape jawline
European male makeover photo after plastic surgery and new haircut
European male makeover photo after plastic surgery with more confidence
European male makeover photo after plastic surgery looking like a teenager

How to prepare?

Hot and Cold Gel Packs to be used to reduce swelling and bruising after cosmetic surgery
After surgery care: hydrating facial mask PLA
Wearing a towel around the hot pack to rapidly reduce swelling after chin and jaw surgery
Soft and mostly liquid post-surgery food diet
Seoul Bakeries and Restaurants
Shopping and Surgery Trip to Korea, a perfect combination
Almost 24 hour shopping
South-Korean Architecture in Seoul

Thank you all for the questions you’ve sent to me. I’ll be publishing a blog post about it soon. Fill out your email below and I’ll send you a message when it’s online!

  • How to prepare?
  • What to pack? Where to stay?
  • Which questions to ask your doctor?
  • How to get the best internet plan in Korea?
  • What and where to eat?
  • How to get around the city?
  • Shopping and sightseeing tips.
  • What to do for a faster recovery?
  • How to prepare?
  • What to pack? Where to stay?
  • Which questions to ask your doctor?
  • How to get the best internet plan in Korea?
  • What and where to eat?
  • How to get around the city?
  • Shopping and sightseeing tips.
  • What to do for a faster recovery?

How to reach them

16 story building of ID Hospital in Seoul, South-KoreaThey are very easy to find and are located in the world-famous Gangnam area.

ID Hospital is only a few minutes walk from the Sinsa Underground Metro Station and can be easily spotted by the gigantic flower on the side of the 16 story building.

Taxis and buses are all around, as are hotels and restaurants. Public transportation in Korea has been rated by news agencies worldwide as being among the very best in the world so there are many ways to contact them. Here are some:

Address:
142 Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South-Korea

Web:
eng.idhospital.com

Facebook:
facebook.com/idhospital.eng

If you have a question, you can also contact me directly via my personal Facebook profile or via my Facebook fan page.

Chris Fox, Belgium & Thailand

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