In this article we will take a look at some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures currently. We will also look at why they are so popular, do a deep dive on each of these procedures, their prices in Korea and how plastic surgery trends are changing. The procedures will be divided between invasive and minimally invasive procedures.

Invasive plastic surgery procedures

An invasive procedure is classified as a procedure that breaks the skin. This is usually done by cutting or puncturing the skin, especially using instruments.

Breast Augmentation

The first item on the list of most popular plastic surgery procedures is breast augmentation. In recent years breast augmentation has become a popular procedure. More and more women are looking to increase the size of their breasts or just change the shape. Due to advances in mammaplasty, breast augmentation has become safer than it was ten years ago. 

popular breast augmentation shapes
Different breast implant shapes

Increased safety and also a broader selection of breast implants has made breast surgery more accessible to more people. Now that ladies have a choice between products they can easily shop around which means there is something for everyone. 

Motiva, Mentor and Bellagel are just some of the companies that now make high quality implants. Motiva is a well-known and slightly more expensive brand, while Bellagel is a newer brand that has exceptional reviews from patients.

Actual time for a breast augmentation has decreased dramatically over the years, and an experienced surgeon should be able to complete a standard breast augmentation in less than an hour.

Prices for breast implants vary from person to person. Factors such as body weight, shape and also desired size, all play a role in determining price. Prices in Seoul for Motiva might cost anywhere from $6000 to $12,000. Whereas Bellagel is usually on average $2000 less than Motiva. 

Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure that has been popular for many years now and shows no sign of slowing down in popularity. Actually, liposuction procedures have been increasing by around 2% per year on average over the last three years. Continued interest in liposuction has accelerated research in the field which means liposuction techniques keep improving. 

Liposuction is a very popular plastic surgery procedure because some people just cannot lose fat, no matter how hard they exercise and/or diet. And other people are just too busy and prefer to get liposuction done in order to save time. These days liposuction isn’t just a fat loss method for overweight or chubby people. Liposuction is also frequently performed to remove stubborn fat in areas where exercise won’t help. This includes the neck, arms, knees. 

New procedures such as liposculpting are also changing the way people look at liposuction. In order to achieve the ideal aesthetic body, many models and athletes undergo liposculpting. It is a procedure performed on for those who want to get rid of that last little bit of fat.

Before and after of liposculpting procedure
Before and after of of liposculpting patient

Well trained doctors can now perform liposuction without any scarring. This has led to more and more people getting liposuction.

Prices for liposuction can range from $2000 dollars to $20,000 for a full body liposculpture in Seoul, South Korea.

Hair transplants

A surprise item on the list of popular plastic surgery procedures, is hair transplantation. When people think of hair transplants they often imagine a bald man who needs to wear a cap to cover the lack of hair on his head. This cannot be further from the truth. These days men and women choose to get hair transplants for a variety of reasons. Men who feel self-conscious about male pattern baldness no longer have to live with the shame because of hair transplants. While the majority of hair transplant recipients are men, females are the fastest growing demographic for hair transplants. Females often have their hair lines filled in to achieve a fuller look.

Before and after of female hair line transplant
Before and after of female hair line transplant

Hair transplantations have exploded in popularity in recent years for a whole host of reasons. Medical techniques have made it very easy to transplant hair and thus success is pretty much guaranteed. Also, due to hair transplants becoming more common, prices have become very affordable which means almost anyone can get one.

Another reason is that many famous celebrities now also choose to get hair transplants and the results are fantastic. Elon Musk, David Beckham and even Elton John are examples of successful transplants. Prices for a hair transplant can be as low as $3000 for 3000 hairs in Seoul, South Korea.

Facelifts

One of the most popular anti-aging procedures the world over is the facelift. Hundreds of thousands of men and women choose to undergo facelifts in order to turn back the hands of time. A facelift done right can easily make a person look fifteen years younger. Facelifting has been around since the 1980’s and it comes as no surprise that it is still as popular, if not more, as it was two decades ago.

Popular face and neck lift before and after
Before and After of patient – 1, 3 and 7 days after face and neck lift surgery

Now that anti-scarring treatments have advanced to the point where scarring is virtually invisible, there seems to be no reason not to get a facelift. Facelifts used to be thought of as a procedure that only old ladies get, but these days people as young as thirty are choosing to get facelifts. With so many variations such as the mini facelift, neck lift and thread lift, there is literally no excuse not to look at least five years younger.

Most patients who get facelifts done, by a professional, report absolute satisfaction with the results and also report a higher quality of life even years after the procedure.

Seoul offers one of the best prices globally for face and neck lifts at around $10,000 on average, and sometimes that might even include a neck lift. A small price to pay to look fifteen years younger.

Nose reshaping or rhinoplasty

The last item on the list is probably one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world, rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty, for those who might not know, is changing the shape or form of the nose. Rhinoplasty is one of the most well-know and most performed procedures.

The nose occupies a very prominent place on the face and provides an overall symmetry to the human face. It therefore makes perfect sense that millions of people choose to have their nose reshaped every year. Rhinoplasty is very common amongst women and men, but especially with women, who make up around three quarters of rhinoplasty patients. 

Rhinoplasty is performed to correct small humps on the nose, straighten crooked noses, make big noses smaller and also to make small noses seem larger. Tipplasty can also be performed to change the size and shape of the nose and even the size of the nostrils can be changed. 

Although rhinoplasty is a commonly performed procedure, it is important to choose a highly qualified plastic surgeon. Many people end up needing to get revision rhinoplasty because they are not satisfied with their results. Therefore choosing the right doctor and the right clinic for you is very important. 

Rhinoplasty in Seoul, South Korea ranges from $2000 to $9000 for primary rhinoplasty.

Minimally invasive plastic surgery procedures

Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are defined as procedures that require substantially fewer cuts or incisions. These types of procedures usually require a lot less down time and, in some cases, can be performed in the office.

Botox

Botulinum toxin, or Botox, and its alternatives are still as popular as ever. Botox is the number one most performed minimally invasive procedure and with good reason, it works! If you’re looking to prevent or soften wrinkles there is no better procedure than a shot of botox. 

Botox can be used to counter forehead wrinkles, nose wrinkles and under eye wrinkles, to name just a few. The procedure is performed thousands of times a day and it only takes a few minutes to do. It is virtually painless and can be performed during lunch time or even at the office if a doctor is available to come out.

Results are temporary and last from between 6 months to a year. Prices can be as low as $100 a shot but depends on the clinic one goes to.

Fillers

Fillers and especially soft tissue fillers are an extremely popular procedure and are only becoming more popular year on year. With such a wide variety of fillers available, it is almost like choosing your favorite perfume. Fillers are especially popular amongst the 30 to 50 year old demographic as they are especially effective for combating the sign of ageing. 

Fillers help provide a plumper and more youthful look when injected underneath the skin. Korean beauty is famous the world over and fillers are one of the most popular procedures in the country. Depending on the type of filler, calcium, sculptra, juvederm etc, prices start from as low as $200 per CC.

Chemical peel

The last item on the most popular list for minimally invasive is a chemical peel. Over the last twenty years the number of people getting chemical peels has increased by 20%! Obviously as chemical peels become more widespread, they gain more popularity and by now they are the core beauty treatment of any reasonable person who wants to keep their skin looking glowing.

A chemical peel works by allowing a solution that is applied to the face, to remove the superficial layer of the skin and expose a new fresh layer in its place. Chemical peels are very safe and they are available in three different options: light peel, medium peel and a deep peel. Each one serves a different purpose and after consultation with the doctor each person can decide which one will work best to address their individual issues. 

More information on popular plastic surgery

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