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  1. A lot of people have gone through agencies, but many (especially the research & adventurous crowd) have also done things on their own. Best to do what feels right and comfortable. There's nothing wrong with asking for or getting professional help. But sometimes clinics and agencies alike can be sketchy, and may tend to run their companies in a stereotypical Asian way. This is where they tout expertise and experience when in reality they're newbies and just a gimmicky startup, broker looking to make a buck. Check out My Seoul Secret (I'm biased since I've used them). These guys are low key, underrated and have been around for awhile. They're small company ran by foreigners living in Korea who actually got PS themselves. When I first went for PS years back they helped me pick a clinic. But after I got comfortable coming to Korea and researching on my own for subsequent trips, so I just reach out to them for translation service, or just keeping in touch, they're quite funny and folksy. This a blog they posted and is a good read about the topic: https://myseoulsecret.com/how-to-screen-korean-plastic-surgery-medical-tour-companies-concierges-or-facilitators/
  2. http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151214001179 This article here references some Korean Fair Trade Commission guidelines. It says you may be entitled to some partial refund if no guidelines were stipulated. I noticed you reposted on PF. I don't know if you seen the disclaimers, but that place may be monitored by the clinic you are trying to get a deposit from just FYI. BeautyHacker is blocked in Korea. Email the following for more specific clarification: [email protected]
  3. The law specifically states that a clinic can create its own deposit refund policy, it can be time based or a percentage based refund that corresponds to certain periods of advanced notice (2 weeks, 1 week, 3 days, 72 hours, 24 hours, same day, etc...), or be non-refundable whatsoever. But they must have provided you with some reasonable informed consent (email, signed document, detailed text) about the cancellation policy and its penalties. If they did not do this, then you are entitled to the full refund.
  4. One of the aspects of square jaw reduction is reducing the mandibular angle, but there are other parts of the jaw bone that can be contributing to the square shape. The best way to know what's possible or not would be to get CT-scans and face to face exam, and then mention your goal and preference. It really comes down to your anatomy, and the technique the surgeon uses to try to get to your goal.
  5. Fresh is known for doing facial liposuction and a lot of people have gone there in the past. Are you in Korea now? You might not be able to see this message if you are.
  6. Usually the ones ran by Koreans are shady, but there are some agencies ran by westerners and even ex foreign patients who are more honest and can make your trip easier. Some people have recommended My Seoul Secret. They have a support plan for $99 (no commission) where they can provide virtual assistance or they can research and pick clinics for you that has a commission built into the price. You can use them to book interpreters from the government too. I just message them on Kakao with random questions and they usually help answer a lot of basic stuff for free too. https://myseoulsecret.com/service-plans/ This was also a good post on they wrote on agencies as well: https://myseoulsecret.com/korean-medical-tourism-agency/
  7. Mango Plate is one that has reviews. https://www.mangoplate.com/en/
  8. Purse forum was once a reliable source of information, but it's just a bunch of junk now. You can look into reviews there, but you have to view them with some skepticism. If you have the time to go there, and consult, might be worth it.
  9. Hi @Alyani, Welcome to the community Clinics Dream Plastic Surgery is a large clinic similar in size and departments to ones like Banobagi, View, ID, BK, etc... that has been around for a long time. It's brand has also has or has had overseas branches in Los Angeles and Singapore. This is going to be a larger clinic who is familiar with handling foreign patients. ITEM Plastic Surgery is a mid sized clinic similar to size and departments like Namu, Hyundai, Girin, Dessse etc.. that is also setup to handle foreign patients and will have English speaking staff. If you want to do face, bone and body work in one clinic, the above can do that. The Face Dental is a dental surgery similar to EverM, EU, Zeah, JUM, etc... that does jaw surgeries and facial bone contouring surgeries. 365 MC is a body contouring and liposuction hospital, they are a larger place that would be comparable to places like BK, View, etc, English Speaking Lawyers It's better to first use government resources if there is ever an issue or dispute. These can be free or at lower cost. https://www.k-medi.or.kr/eng/ Care Taker It might be better to do a homestay (stay with a Korean family who rents their house to tourists), or an airbnb host that is very helpful. Be careful about this though, sometimes these hosts are undercover illegal plastic surgery agents, so if you stay with a host and they start asking for details like which clinics are you going to, and they start offering a lot of opinions and advice about which clinics are good, and that they say they'll make appointments for you and personally escort you to the clinic etc.. that's a sign they are working as a secret illegal agent. It might be easier to just use an actual medical tour agency, and see if they have different service options for your budget. If you're comfortable with them managing your stuff, they might be able to help you with this, or you can try to ask a freelancer on job sites and job boards, but you should anticipate paying someone who come to check-in on you 20,000 to 40,000 Korean Won ($16 to $35 USD per hour).
  10. Really great post @happy1 thank you sharing this journey.
  11. You can assume that Christmas and New Year's Day for sure, but other than that they'll be open because December is a popular month for surgery. Dec 15 is a Sunday, so let's assume you have surgery on 16th Monday, 7 to 8 days later will be Christmas eve, and clinic will be closed Christmas.
  12. Hi Janet, Dr Park is pretty skilled and amicable, one of our experienced veterans has gone there for her treatment. Other places worth checking out if you are looking to go for smaller clinics would be Bong Bong, Mool Bang Wool, UBA Plastic Surgery. But for bigger places, Banobagi, Hershe, View, and TL.
  13. @Beautysecret don't be afraid to think of it as a two step process. You might have to do the bone contouring and then wait to see if there is any sagging and then do a lift later.
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