When first stepping in the land of Gingseng, you may be wondering something. Why are the people here so handsome and beautiful? Perfect cheek, sharp nose, and cute lips are everywhere in Seoul, South Korea. You’re not dreaming, this city has been long known as the plastic surgery mecca. A place where foreign nationals flocks to experience cutting edge technology in plastic surgery driven by skilled doctors.
South Korea also a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Seoul will hold the annual Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2020 on 4-5 April 2020. They have an honourable seat among countries that are known for their expertise in plastic surgery.
Language barrier is not an issue here. Most hospitals and doctors have received training and skill needed for international traveler. Its international reputation has only begun recently in 2009 where the government granted local clinics approval to treat foreign patients. Tourists seeking their dream appearance flocks from all around the world to Seoul.
So why should you consider Seoul as your destination for medical tourism? Here are 5 reason why Seoul is famous for aesthetic and beauty pursuit in Asia.
1. Cheaper than in the west.
Travelling abroad can be difficult for the wallet. High tax and duty make you think twice even before boarding. Luckily, South Korea offers tax breaks in form of Cosmetic Surgery Tax Refund up to 10%. According to official site visitmedicalkorea.com, refund items include Double Eye-lid, Rhinoplasty, Breast Surgery(reduction/augmentation), Liposuction, Face Lift, Facial bone contouring, Teeth Whitening, Laminate, Gingivoplasty, Orthognathic surgery.
Less invasive procedures also included such as Nevus pigmentosus, Freckles, Lentigo, Chloasma, Pimple, Hair removal, Hair loss, Hair transplantation, Tattoo, Tattoo Removal, Piercing, Lipolysis, Skin regeneration, Skin Whitening, Anti-aging, Pore tightening.
2. Accumulation of clinical experience.
South Korea has accumulated clinical experience and regarded as the first for the number of Plastic surgeries per population of 1,000 among 25 member nations in ISAPS generalization of double eyelid surgery as stated in the official sites. Local and even foreign tourists trusted Seoul, South Korea expertise in plastic surgery field. South Korea holds ¼ of the world’s plastic surgery market share.
3. Known for the best dentistry in the world.
Dentistry as cosmetic surgery such as double jaw surgery, orthodontics, or tooth whitening has grown larger than before. From the expert, Seoul is known as the epicentre of dentistry. They already boasted 40 percent market share from the Chinese.
4. Korean Wave.
Korean wave such as K-pop, K-Beauty and K-Fashion has spread the world and redefining the definition of beauty in the world. Korean pop culture has spread all across the age from gen Z, millennials, and even baby boomer generation. As the centre of pop culture, Seoul helps shapes the definition of beauty backed by professional in the medical field.
5. Best in class accommodation.
Recovering from a surgery can be a hassle sometimes. Not to worry, Seoul offers a range of accommodation that suits your budget. From backpacker to luxury, all is well in Seoul. For those who want to experience the best of medical tourism, Seoul offers a wide range of option from traditional Korean medicine to state of the art plastic surgeries.