Korea: Land of K-Pop, K-Dramas, and kimchi. The irony is that none of these are what attracts the majority of foreign tourists; it’s the inexpensive yet advanced plastic surgery in Seoul.
The chances that your favorite Korean celebrity has undergone the knife are high; 20 percent of Korean women have admitted having undergone a procedure of some sort and even many men are choosing to alter their faces. In fact, it’s common knowledge that the number of plastic celebrities far outnumber the natural ones.
If you’re considering plastic surgery or simply want a consultation, we’ve compiled a guide of the best plastic surgery clinics in Seoul for foreigners. Please keep in mind that prices will vary depending on the clinic and the procedure of your choosing.
10 Best Plastic Surgery Clinics in Seoul, South Korea
The ME Cosmetic Clinic is a government-approved plastic surgery clinic, which is specifically designed for foreigners; every employee at this clinic will be fluent in English.
Some of the available packages will include housing for the duration of the procedure, transportation, and a tour of Seoul. However, consultations require a reservation in advance and patients must deposit 10% of the total cost beforehand. Remember, these deposits are non-refundable even if you choose not to receive surgery, but every procedure will have a fixed price and it’s relatively cheaper compared to most clinics in the Gangnam area.
Note: Replies to consultations may be delayed during weekends and holidays. The clinic starts from the third floor of the building and has four floors, with each one specializing in areas such as hair, laser treatment, and plastic surgery; the plastic surgery center is located on the sixth floor.
Banobagi is a plastic surgery hospital in the heart of Gangnam that brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘detailist’. Their philosophy is paying attention to every little detail for each one of their patients with the utmost care. The hospital has a reputation for outstanding surgery techniques, but never recommends unnecessary procedures for financial benefits, and stands firm by its principles of honesty and integrity in medical practices. Banobagi offers full English support for its patients, alongside other languages, as they have a very high volume of overseas patients.
Banobagi offers a variety of plastic surgery procedures with state-of-the-art equipment for safety that includes a cardioverter, emergency kit, central line kit and an emergency cricothyroidotomy kit. But safety isn’t the only important thing at a plastic surgery hospital: Banobagi’s surgeons are highly experienced in each type of offered procedure and use secret know-how Banobagi methods that are the most beneficial for each surgery type.
Mind Plastic Surgery – “Upright Mind, Truthful Treatment, Satisfying Results”. Mind Plastic Surgery clinic is a newer clinic settled in the heart of Gangnam. Located in the Urban Hive building in Sinnonhyun Station, Mind Plastic Surgery provides a smaller, more personalized surgery experience compared to larger, factory-like hospitals. You can expect personalized service, as Mind focuses on their beliefs of customized surgery plans, VIP customer service, and safe anesthetic practices. Mind focuses on customer’s peace of mind by focusing on safe monitoring systems, the best hygienic practices and requiring every nurse to be CPR certified.
ATOP Plastic Surgery, located right outside of Gangnam Station (Line 2), is a full-service hospital that provides all major procedures, from botox to breast augmentation. Their slogan is “ATOP designs your brightest moments in life,” and believes that just a small change can cause a huge amount of satisfaction and happiness. Practicing with the belief that doctors should treat customers are like family, with the utmost respect and care, the 7 surgeons of ATOP focus on taking responsibility for their client’s comfortability and satisfaction. Their surgeon team even visits Cambodia every year to provide help to those with facial deformities and more.
Led by Dr. Jeongho Cha, Mina Plastic Surgery has one of the highest satisfaction rates among patients in Korea. Dr. Cha has been interviewed by renowned news outlets such as NBC News and studied in both America and Korea. As stated on their website: “Our goal is to enhance your beauty utilizing the most natural, minimally-invasive, and painless techniques possible.”
The clinic takes pride in catering to every client’s unique needs and their site has a section detailing the operations they provide for men. In fact, Dr. Cha has performed operations for members of the ROK military.
Note: Mina does not provide a specialized online consultation system; instead you’ll need to fill out a contact form and a consultant will reply.
JW Plastic Surgery gives their clients specialized coordinators in 5 languages: English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, and Thai. The coordinators will work with you 1:1 and serve as your guide, from the moment you land at the airport and to the moment you depart Korea. They have online consultations and will provide a translator during your visit. Also, the majority of their surgeons earned their medical degrees from Yonsei University, which is considered to be one of the top universities in all of Asia.
One interesting procedure available at JW is known as “revision surgery” for the eyes, nose, and breasts. Essentially, revision surgery is for patients that have already undergone an operation but wish to improve upon the initial results.
Accredited by the World Health Organization as a leading provider of safety, The Line Clinic offers seven plastic surgery centers: Eyes and Nose Center, Face Outline Center, Lifting and Anti-aging Center, Breast Surgery Center, Body Contouring Center, Anesthesiology Center, and the Postoperative Care Center.
As stated on their website: “The Line Plastic Surgery promises not to merely rest on our laurels, but to be a top leading clinic in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery keeping in patient-oriented mind. We are constantly studying and developing.”
It’s important to note that not all of the doctors at this clinic speak fluent English. However, there’s no need to fret because every patient is provided with an English speaking translator.
The clinic has developed their own anesthesia program titled: “THELINE Safety Anesthesia”, which is designed to minimize pain while maximizing comfort. Patients can make reservations online and browse through a gallery that features celebrities the clinic has worked on. The clinic also hosts various plastic surgery workshops, seminars, and hands-on courses in order to stay true to its goal of innovation.
Unlike most of the clinics in this article, Item Plastic Surgery is a fairly mid-sized plastic surgery center. However, the smaller size can ensure that the care you receive is more tailored for your specific needs. Their slogan is to create miracles for those that really need it, in fact, their website states that plastic surgery isn’t for everybody. All the surgeons at Item have experience working in not only Korean university hospitals, but also in various locations abroad.
This clinic has three forms of consultation: online, video, and on-site. With the video consultation, you can speak face-to-face with an English speaking consultant, who can immediately provide a quick analysis of your needs.
Foreign patients will enjoy airport transportation and assistance in booking housing. There is also a 24-hour hotline you may call regarding any before or after surgery questions and concerns.
Regen Plastic Surgery, established by three head doctors who used to be professors of Seoul University hospital, promises to improve Korea’s national brands through advancing global medical technology. They won the Grand Award for 5 years in a row from 2010 to 2014 in Medical Korea Customer Satisfaction. Regen Plastic Surgery’s philosophy is “treat and care our patients”, therefore, Regen Tower hosts all facilities needed to have tests, diagnosis, operation and treatment in one place, which makes a One Stop Beauty Care Center. Furthermore, they have over thirty doctors who specialize in eight beauty departments!
Their website is available in Korean, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesia, and Thai.
ID Hospital is Asia’s Top Leading Hospital and offers ‘Total Beauty Solutions’ to all its patients. It is the only plastic surgery hospital in Korea that is certified by the government of the Republic of Korea. It provides a variety of surgical procedures of cosmetic plastic surgery, dentistry, and dermatology and facial bone surgery that are developed by research and development by 36 of qualified and certified medical professionals. 14,000 patients from more than 100 countries have visited ID Hospital from 2017 to 2018.
ID Hospital is located in the heart of Gangnam, and with it’s a state-of-the-art medical facilities offering top-notch medical services. Providing pre-surgery comprehensive medical examinations, safe anesthesia system and an intensive post-surgery care program, ID Hospital ensures each patient a safe and successful surgery.
ID Hospital provides interpreters in 10 different languages (English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Arabic, Russian, and Spanish) so that patients can have the consultation in their mother tongue and understand the surgery procedures perfectly. Online consultation in those languages is also possible prior to coming to Korea.
ID Hospital’s YouTube videos helps the patients understand the procedures and understand surgical experience easier and fun.
· Virtual Plastic Surgery (free)
· Facial Contouring Surgery
· Eyelid Surgery
· Orthognathic Surgery
· Breast Surgery
· Brazilian Butt Lift
Thanks for checking out our guide to the best 10 plastic surgery clinics in Seoul for foreigners. If there’s a clinic we missed that you believe should be included, feel free to contact us via the contact form at the top of the site.