Hello BBgurl,BBgurl wrote:IZORA,
I followed your post from purse forum too. I am going to get mine done this dec and was wondering if you can provide me more details as It was be my first trip to seoul and I am doing the exact procedure as you are.
Also, If you thought of Taipei for surgery initially. They have doctors that does autologous as well.
For example, how many days after then your stitches was taken out?
Is any xray taken?
Do we have to bring our own cleaning kit like q tips, creams, stuff like that?
The place you stayed,is it big enough for 3 adults?
How about the area? Is it near the shopping district? WHere should we go? Is it easy to access over there?
I will answer your questions in order. Yes, I initially decided to have surgery in Taiwan. I wasn't going to Taiwan because I believed that the doctor was better than doctors in Seoul- I was going because it was cheaper. However, I read some negative reviews about the Dr., so I changed my mind. I wanted it to be my last nose job, so I wanted to do it right and invest in my face. Seoul is more expensive, but Dr. Lee has a lot more experience.
There are two stitches- one inside your nose and one outside your nose on the columella. The one inside the nose dissolves on its own around the one month mark. The stitches on the outside were removed after one week. I believe that the stitches on the chest were removed in less than a week.
Before you can have surgery, you need to have tests done. There's a blood test, urine test, X-ray, and EKG. More than likely you will have surgery under IV sedation, not general anesthesia- so it will be a lot safer for you. I was unlucky to have needed general anesthesia. The test results are delivered within a few hours, so you can even have surgery on the day you arrive if you arrive early enough.
As for cleaning kits, I'm not exactly sure what you mean. You won't be able to wash your face for about a week. After the cast is removed, you have to clean your nose twice a day. The supplies are provided for you at no cost. You would have to buy your own q tips and scar cream.
My husband and I stayed in one of the clinic's officetel for free. It was small, but it was very clean and adequate. There are three officetel units, and they are all different. Ours had two small beds, flat screen TV/computer, toiletries in the bathroom, kitchenette, washer/dryer, and supplies such as bottled water, detergent, towels, toilet paper etc... Keep in mind that you will be staying in the clinic for 2 days after surgery. The clinic also has a flat screen TV, computer, and a private bathroom. They have these really neat high tech toilets in the clinic and the officetel. I don't think the officetel is big enough to accommodate 3 people- like I said, it's pretty small, and there would be no place for the third person to sleep. You should ask Joann about getting a discount in one of the hotels in the area. You're going to Seoul during winter break, which is the busiest time of the year because winter breaks are longer than summer breaks. They might not be able to guarantee an officetel during your visit.
The area is pretty nice- it's the most expensive neighborhood in Seoul. The officetel is very close to the clinic, so you can just walk to the clinic everyday for your follow up and nose cleaning. You can take the subway if you stay in a hotel that's farther away. I wouldn't recommend taking a cab unless you're pretty close by because the traffic in Seoul is just horrendous. There's plenty of places to shop in the area, but it's very expensive. You should go to the markets if you're looking for better deals. There's also plenty of restaurants, and food is pretty cheap. I was lucky because my mom's family lives in Seoul, and they really took care of us. It was my first time back in 20 years, but it helped that I can speak the language. Don't worry though because Joann will be your go to person every step of the way. She and the rest of the staff will really take care of you and your companions.
I can't PM on this site yet, but you can always PM me on the purse forum.