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I had been referred by a friend who had her first...

I had been referred by a friend who had her first surgery there.

Followup/ Aftercare: It has been about 5 weeks after surgery. I am deeply disappointed with the results, the tip is crooked, leaning to the left side and a visible hump on the right side of the bridge (see photo). The tip (ear cartilage) is starting to drop and separating from the Geortex implant. You can't see the height from the photo. I've tried to contact the clinic and their English representative/ Director - Jay Le, which was 2 weeks ago. He picked up twice for the clinic telephone line and said he'd email back in 5 minutes - I have yet to receive any response from him or the clinic.

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Consultation: I met with Dr. Jung a day before surgery and explained to him my issue with a deviated bridge of the nose from previous rhinoplasty, also in Seoul. He's a patient doctor and it appeared he was attentive to the details I was pointing out - especially with keeping the height of the bridge low. I was adamant to keep the original height because I knew how unnatural it looks with high bridge on a Chinese face. We printed a picture of my face and I drew a red "X" on the bridge to illustrate that I did not want it to be raised in avoidance of doubt.

Surgery: Surgery had gone smoothly and the clinic's nurses are most attentive to your needs. They are kind and extremely patient, and more importantly they go out of their way to ensure you are comfortable and healing correctly. A couple are also fluent in English/ Chinese.

Post Op: After the bandages and stitches were removed, I saw Dr. Jung for about one minute. He looked at the nose, didn't even touch it, and said I looked good. The swelling was at height at the time, and I knew from the previous experience, I would have to wait a month before you can see more clearly the shape. I asked him why he raised the bridge and why he had not brought in the nostrils as I had asked. He replied simply, if I was not satisfied, return in 6 months.

The results are disappointing, the bridge of the nose is high - raised 2-3mm (which I had explicitly stated, to not be raised) and the tip is leaning to the left, not to mention a hump on the right side of the bridge - as you can see from the photo. For me it's devastating, to know that I will have to live with this nose for the next 6 months before a revision... not to mention the flight and hotel costs.

A very serious warning to those from abroad and considering Dr. Jung at Shimmian Clinic: their business model is to position themselves as a high-end, specialist clinic targeting foreign/ international clientele. Therefore they charge 50-100% more than other clinics. Their marketing approach is to have English/ Chinese blogs, reviews and also representatives who speak English/ Chinese. This is why when you're at the clinic, you'll hear patients speaking Chinese/English/Japanese, and not a single Korean local. I genuinely believed that paying the premium for the "best" doctor is worth it. I have yet to see how he will rectify and correct my nose for the next revision.

Dr. Jung, Shimmian Clinic

Dr. Jung has an impressive clinical history of rhinoplasty. I'm still confused to this day, why my nose has turned out this way.

2 out of 5 stars Overall rating
2 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
2 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
1 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
3 out of 5 stars Payment process
2 out of 5 stars Wait times
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