I had a pretty unusual breast augmentation surgery experience in Korea. Seoul is the Plastic Surgery capital of the world. Leaving Korea without fixing my wonky-ass breasts would have been a mistake. Even though I always prided myself on changing my body for the better naturally, this was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up.
Why Was My Breast Augmentation Surgery Different?
My breast augmentation surgery was unique for a few reasons. Apparently I had something called “tuberous breasts” or “constricted breasts”. As you can see in the above images, I was as flat as a board, but I didn’t realize that the surgery would be any more challenging than normal. My surgeon essentially had to pop my breast tissue out before inserting my 300 cc (left) and 320 cc (right) Motiva teardrop implants. Since I had my appendix removed in 2013, I also had some liposuction and my fat was grafted underneath the breast. I’ve seen other posts about fat grafting in Korea. One woman who was about 5’1″ had 1,600 cc extracted via liposuction. I only had 100 cc removed. The liposuction definitely helped with the area where my appendix had been removed through laparoscopic surgery, but the grafting didn’t really stick. I was back to the gym pretty quickly after surgery, so I worked it off fast. As you can see in the image up top, I was left with some serious bruising!
What Happens After Breast Augmentation Surgery in Seoul, Korea?
Click the play button above to check out my experience coming out of anesthesia at TL Plastic Surgery in Seoul, Korea. Mona and Dean from Seoul Cosmetic Surgery (a medical tourism service designed for foreigners) were there to help me every step of the way. Mona even came with me to stay in my hotel overnight. The first night is definitely the toughest, so it’s awesome to have someone around to help you in and out of bed and with any errands or even bag carrying. Once we got to the hotel things were pretty easy and I was maneuvering pretty well. Once it was time to sleep, however, breathing became tougher, getting comfortable was impossible, and getting up to go to the bathroom was a scene and a half. It definitely didn’t help that I had my period, either! For questions to ask your doctor before surgery, click here.
The Worst Part of Boob Job Recovery
Before surgery I made a promise to myself that I was going to get through the whole process easily and without complaining. I had my surgery Friday October 20th at 12:30 PM, and by Monday October 23rd I was back at work at 9 AM. What was the worst part of my breast implants recovery? The pressure was the worst part of the whole experience! I had a giant soft cast situation around my abdomen I had to keep on for several days after the itty bitty liposuction. I had several balls of rolled up cotton and gauze shoved around my new breasts and a band wrapped around several times to keep it all in place. I also had to wear my compression garment (a bra-like situation which looked like a costume out of some 1970’s bondage porn) for the first 2 months. The first night it was just a bit too much to handle. I couldn’t move properly in the bathroom. I couldn’t naturally pull myself out of bed. Even just breathing was absolutely exhausting. Let’s not talk about how bloated I was after anesthesia…
How Long After a Boob Job Can I…
Boob Job Recovery Day 2: Went to my first follow up appointment at TL Plastic Surgery. Slept by myself in my own bed. Had a friend over.
Boob Job Recovery Day 3: Back to work!
Boob Job Recovery Day 4: Flipped my head over and washed my hair by myself. I removed all the gauze and bandages and actually felt like a human again!
Boob Job Recovery Day 5: Rocked the compression garment and a loose top. Showered normally. Two very grateful thumbs up!
Boob Job Recovery Day 11: Went to the gym and walked at 6 km/ hr for 30 minutes. Took it nice and easy and built back up to 5 km in 28 minutes over the next few months.
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On October 20th, 2017 I went “under the knife” at TL Plastic Surgery. Seoul Cosmetic Surgery‘s team was there for the entire process and my surgery was performed by the incomparable Dr. Yim Joonghyuk. In the video to follow, you’ll see that I had nerves about my surgery that day, but the jitters about the fact that I was actually getting plastic surgery by a Korean surgeon in a foreign country were gone. I had taken some long, hard, topless looks in the mirror, and realized that this was an opportunity I would never have again. After 12 years of considering breast augmentation, I was finally going to get the “Rolls Royce” of breast implants. This was my Motiva Moment.
How Did I Feel on Breast Augmentation Surgery Day in Korea?
Before your boob job surgery in Seoul, get a good night’s rest! Make sure you’re comfortable with your surgeon and their staff. My surgeon is super friendly and personable. He always made me feel like his #1 priority even though he’s one of the top 5 Plastic Surgeons in Korea, and probably the #1 Breast Augmentation Surgeon in Korea as well. He specializes in breast implants and body contouring, so you won’t see him handling any surgeries beyond. In my 2 consultations before my boob job surgery, I asked a number of questionsabout what to expect leading up to surgery, surgery day, and post-operation care. Even though we had already had 2 breast implants consultations, we reviewed my questions again. They offered to let me try the sizers again, but I didn’t want the hassle. Before surgery for my Motiva breast implants I felt confident.
What Happens the Day of Breast Implants Surgery in Seoul?
If you choose to go through with plastic surgery in Korea, I’d recommend working with a Medical Tourism company like Seoul Cosmetic Surgery. They arranged my pre-surgery testing which involved a urine test, a blood test, and an EKG. I actually went over on my lunch break the day before and had all that finalized with time to spare. On surgery day I arrived at TL Plastic Surgery at 11 AM. Mona and Dean from SCS were already there to greet me. We waited together as TL got all the details finessed.
Motiva Breast Implants in Seoul: Order of Events
I went upstairs where I got into a gown for “before” pictures. We took the photos at 5 different angles with various hand positioning.
I signed my medical release, had my final consultation, and got marked up for surgery.
We went downstairs to the waiting room where I changed into a horrible little paper thong, pants, and a wrap shirt for surgery.
We moved down to the operating room.
An IV was placed in my right hand with a heart-rate monitor on my finger.
I had to count back from 100. By about 96 I was out like a light.
After resting for a while under a bunch of blankets (I was very cold after anesthesia) I was able to go get changed upstairs. Mona helped me carry my things to the car (KakaoTaxi Black Mercedes c/o TL Plastic Surgery) and off we went to the hotel.
Stay tuned for my thoughts, feelings, and emotions after my Breast Implants surgery in Seoul! My recovery seems to have been a lot easier than many others. Have you had cosmetic or plastic surgery in Seoul or Korea? Do you have questions? Leave them for me in the comments section below, or connect with That Girl Cartier on Facebook!
Generally, I like the way I look. Having worked hard to drop weight when I came to Korea I felt good about my body. As a tall woman with a muscular, athletic frame, I didn’t always feel very feminine in my looks. For the past 15 years I’ve worn a padded bra simply because my breasts never seemed to come in. It might surprise you how many times I, an accidental Korean Beauty Blogger and small potato on the K-Beauty influencer scene, have been approached about partnering up for plastic surgery. I never felt like anyone took enough time with me to assess my needs or ask me what I wanted, until chatting with Mona.
When Mona from Seoul Cosmetic Surgery asked to work together, I still had the same sort of response. I have had several friends go through the procedure, but just wasn’t sure it was for me. Did I really want foreign objects inside my body forever? Was I ready to leave Korea kicking myself at having not gone through with it? What if they were too big? What if they weren’t big enough? How would my family deal if there was a problem mid-surgery? What if I left my friends and family with a giant Korean mess on their hands? What were the right questions to ask? I wrote an article about what I was considering, and was met with a flurry of comments from supportive friends and aggressively anti-surgery threads.
Why Breast Implants Were the Right Choice For My Body
With all the negativity coming from Facebook comments, I actually received a number of private messages from women in similar situations. I had no idea that there was even a problem until my shirt came off and my doctor said that it would be a complicated surgery.
“Tuberous breasts (or tubular breasts) are a result of a congenital abnormality of the breasts which can occur in both men and women (also see Hypoplasia), one breast or both. During puberty breast development is stymied and the breasts fail to develop normally and fully.” – Panchapakesan V, Brown MH
It turns out that tuberous (also known as “tubular”, “herniated areolar complexes”, “conical breast”, “domen nipple”, “lower pole hypoplasia“, “hypoplastic breasts”, or “constricted” breasts) are pretty common. I always said my breasts looked like sad puppies, but I was unaware another term for these were “Snoopy breasts”. Now I was going from a consultation where I wasn’t even sure I wanted the surgery, to panicking that it wasn’t even going to be possible.
My TL Plastic Surgery Breast Implant Consultation with Seoul Plastic Surgery
Throughout this consultation, I got more information about the remaining steps should the breast augmentation surgery be approved by my surgeon to move forward. I would need to come in for one more consultation (for sizing and remaining questions), then a final appointment for a urine test, blood panel, and EKG (Electrocardiogram). After that, we’d take my “before” photos and get all set for surgery. Mona and Dean from Seoul Cosmetic Surgerywere at TL Plastic Surgerywith my surgeon, Dr. Yim Joonghyuk, and TL’s awesome English-speaking coordinator, Christina, for each appointment.
My main concern when it came to the surgery was how I’d be “out” during throughout my breast implant procedure. It’s most common to be under general anesthesia, but I’ve heard of local anesthesia and sleep sedation for breast augmentation, too. It terrified me that there was a chance I’d wake up mid-surgery unable to communicate. I’m aware of how absolutely ridiculous that sounds, but I was signing myself up for elective plastic surgery. I’d be worried if I wasn’t worried at various steps throughout. What put my mind at ease was asking my plastic surgeon the following:
Questions to Ask a Breast Augmentation Plastic Surgeon
What size would you recommend for my body type? Provided you’ve already researched your surgeon and are working with a trusted medical tourism company like Seoul Cosmetic Surgery, there’s no reason not to take your surgeon’s opinion on size at face value. My surgeon told me that he would want my Motiva breast implants to be, at minimum, 380 cc (if not more!) I thought this was going to be way too big since my friends had gotten only 300 and they looked like massive porn star breasts. Well, considering my current breasts, my height, my body type, and the size of my rib cage and wide shoulders, my doctor was right on the money. I should have gone bigger (maybe 400?), but am honestly very happy with the way my breast implants look. They have appeared very natural since the end of the 2nd week. I was able to go back to the gym then and start power walking without too much discomfort. Before the 2 month anniversary, I was able to run 5 km again.
How will the implants be inserted? It’s very popular to go through the armpit in Korea because of Korean women’s small frames. For foreigners, under the breast insertion is recommended. This makes for a much less painful recovery, and a shorter one, too. The incision scars will also be less obvious.
How large will you make the incisions? With Motiva breast implants, it’s actually possible to have very small incisions. This means your scars won’t be very obvious. Mine are only visible if I raise my arms above my head. They’re pretty dark, but only about 4 cm on each side. On instagram I’ve seen surgeons boasting about incisions as small as 3 cm, so I think we’re doing pretty well!
How do I prepare for surgery? The only advice I got for this was not to smoke (I don’t smoke) or drink a week before surgery. I think more than that it’s important to prepare your body to undergo general anesthesia. Get 8 hours of sleep. Hit the gym. Eat healthy foods and avoid unnecessary junk. Hey – I can’t do it all the time, but when going under the knife it really helped to train my body and prepare properly.
How do I take care of myself post-surgery? Take it easy! Listen to your body and don’t over-do it, but also don’t baby yourself too much. Try to get back to regular, healthy, daily activities. It’s recommended that you don’t smoke and don’t drink for about a month. This really depends on how long they’ve got you on painkillers. Many doctors say you can return to almost all regular activity (yes- that kind)once you’re off pain medication.
What do I do with the stitches? Nothing! Just like when I had my appendix removed, my stitches were dissolvable. The roughest part of surgery is not being able to properly shower for a week. You must protect the incisions with waterproof bandaids. After a week, you’ll be able to shower. The surgical glue will fall off naturally when ready. In the shower you’ll need to softly rub it away. Make sure to follow up with bio-oil or vitamin E to treat the scarred area.
How often will I have follow up appointments? TL Plastic Surgery is very thorough and beyond the “after” photos and general check-ups, they also offered 3 laser treatments as part of my package. These are to help speed up the healing of my incision scars. I was scared, but they took all of 5 minutes and didn’t hurt a bit.
What kind of medication do I need to take? I was given a prescription for Tylenol 3 which includes codeine. I had some discomfort, but no real pain. I didn’t really want to take the pain medication, but felt it might improve the effects of the swelling. After 2 days it was back to work for me, so I stopped. I had 2 days of antibiotics cocktails 3 times a day, then a pack once a day for 2 weeks. I was also on a pill a day to ensure the implant itself didn’t harden. That’s something I took once a day for 2 months.
The most common regret when it comes to breast augmentation procedures (or a “boob job”) is not going big enough. Throughout my consultation I tried on many different sizes of implants under a tight shirt, but none were really indicative of the size they would be once the swelling was gone, my body relaxed, and I got back to the gym. Even though I have 320 cc’s in my right breast and 300 cc’s in my left, my overall breast size hasn’t dramatically increased. My surgeon was well aware that I didn’t want huge breasts getting in my way while exercising, teaching, or anything that would mean an entirely new wardrobe. Since I already wore a padded bra daily, I haven’t had to buy new clothes, I’ve just swapped out the underwire for sports bras (and it feels wonderful!) Not having to wear a bold piece of metal digging into each side daily is the biggest takeaway from this whole experience. I love the way my figure looks. It’s not a change anyone but me would notice, but I didn’t go through with this surgery for anyone else.
None of these “Top 6 Annoying Things After a Boob Job” apply…