Why do people go to South Korea for plastic surgery?

Why South Korea is one of the most popular destinations for plastic surgery amongst medical tourists?

South Korea is known as the capital city of plastic surgery.  The reason why it is being called the capital city of plastic surgery is that South Korea has the most plastic surgery operations per capital compared to other countries with approximately 1 million recorded each year, not including inbound medical tourists from overseas.  There are over 600 hundred aesthetic and cosmetic clinics alone in South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

Before the COVID-19 hits the world, in 2018, the numbers of inbound medical tourists who went to South Korea for medical treatments recorded peek over 380 thousand, and almost 15 percent of the numbers were received aesthetic and plastic surgery treatments.  The number is considered very high compared to the rest of the world.  Thanks to its advanced technology.

Furthermore, there are a number of reasons why the huge numbers of medical tourists went to South Korea for cosmetic surgery behind those numbers.  


The quality of the treatment

The surgeons in South Korea have a wide range of expertise, provide promising outcomes and create innovative techniques that make plastic surgery less painful and take a shorter time to recovery.  


The qualification of the doctor

South Korean doctors have to pass the high-level qualification standard that is set by the Korean Association of Plastic Surgery which is considered very difficult to get the qualification.  The doctors have to pass years of training before receiving the certification.  Even experts from Europe and the United States come here for advanced training and expertise.


The value of the money spent

The price of plastic surgery in South Korea is significantly cheaper than doing the same procedure in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Singapore.  For example, the cost of rhinoplasty in South Korea is approximately starting from $800 to $8,000 in comparison to the United States’s $5,400.

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