African american having surgery in South Korea? (photo)
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This is a fascinating question, especially because Koreans are famed for their skill in facial plastic surgery and because Asian and African-American noses share common features; goals of both demographics overlap (tip support, improvement of a bulbous tip, dorsal augmentation, alar base reduction, etc). Because of the sizable Western military presence and a hearty ex-patriate community, it is likely that many surgeons have experience treating African American noses. And yes, I do think the pictures are real, but they are not taken at the same angle, in the same light, and without makeup, so they may not accurately reflect the degree of change that was obtained.
I have had the privilege of spending time in Seoul with plastic surgeons and I must say they do an excellent job. However, my experience may not speak for every surgeon in Korea. I do think you owe it to yourself to be treated in the USA. Here's why:
1. Ethnic plastic surgery incorporates more than anatomy, there is an important cultural component too. While surgeons in Korea may demonstrate impressive results, there may be important communication obstacles. Because the culture is so different, the surgeon and his team may not understand what it is you really want. If you go to Korea make sure your surgeon "gets you" and convincingly understands what you want.
2. Postoperative care. I think this speaks for itself. Not only is it important to have your caretaker within reach during the early postoperative period, but long-term followup with your original provider is important for both parties. It also might be nice to recover in the company of friends and family in a familiar environment.
In summary, I do think it's reasonable for an African American to pursue care in Korea. I do think the Korean plastic surgeons are excellent and, if you choose a well-known one, safe. However, American specialists of ethnic and African American rhinoplasty do just as good a job in the comfort of your home community. More importantly, they are more likely to understand you- and what it is you really want!
I hope this helps.
Open rhinoplasty, some advices:
The harmony between facial parts makes us instinctively recognize the beauty... without knowing it, without defining it, just a perception that surprises and captivates us.
In this regard, After having analyzed all the info. and photos provided to us, i recommend you perform an Open Full Rhinoplasty, includding narrowing of the nasal base and nostrils, with nasal bones treatment (controled fracture) and alar + triangular nasal cartilages re-shaping.
With this procedure you get a delicate nose, better harmonize with your other facial features.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol.-
AA rhino in South Korea
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So search around for a surgeon experienced in these cases.
The first set of photos has lots of digital retouch, not realistic at all.
Korea is dangerous
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