Thinking of trying out some of the famed skincare treatments here in Korea? Read on to learn of my own experience with Skin Botox, Rejuran and Mulgwang treatments at SH Plastic Surgery in Seocho-gu, Seoul. And don’t worry, all fancy skincare words will be explained!
The classic botox procedure involves the injection of a neurotoxic protein into a desired site on the face or body, causing temporary weakening and/or paralysis of muscles, preventing wrinkles. However, SH Plastic Surgery offers the unique Skin Botox, which is injected into the outermost layer of the skin, not only targeting wrinkles but pores aswell. The result? Skin that is smooth, smooth, smooooth.
Rejuran, also known as Rejuran Healer, involves micro-shots of active DNA fragments that can heal damaged skin and promote collagen production and skin-elasticity. In fact, it can even reduce inflammation, making it a suitable treatment for most. What’s more, Rejuran was invented right here in Korea, made with DNA molecules from salmon.
Also from South Korea, Mulgwang consists of hyaluronic acid injects into the skin surface. The injections may sometimes contain vitamins too and as per the name (‘mul’ = water, in Korean), its purpose is to hydrate and rejuvenate. It’s perfect for those with dry skin, or anyone looking for a bit more glow.
SH Plastic Surgery: My Experience
Arrival & Consult
I arrived a little early and was greeted warmly by the receptionists, who gave me the necessary forms to fill out in the waiting area. The lobby was bright, clean and with a sleek design.
After handing back my signed forms I was ushered to the consultation room, where I was able to discuss the procedures in detail with a professional. Additionally, I informed the consultant of my needle phobie and she was very understanding, ensuring me that my doctor would be informed. However, as I spoke in Korean, I am unsure whether consultation in other languages are provided. If you are not a confident Korean speaker, I recommend bringing a Korean friend with you.
The consult also warned me of all possible side effects and what to expect during and after the treatment. She advised me on aftercare, such as avoiding unecessary clogging of the injection sites from makeup, sweat from exercise etc.
I was then guided to the locker area where I could store my belongings, as well as the sink area where I could wash my face in preparation. Its important that your skin is as clean as possible for the procedure and while the surgery does have makeup remover and cleansing products available, I recommend going make-up free beforehand.
My doctor was informed of my needle phobia and so I was offered general anesthetic, which they said those with severe pain or phobia can receive if they want. However, patients are typically given numbing cream.
Despite my fears, I decided to go for the numbing cream, which was applied at the proposed injection sites. The staff then wrapped my face in a plastic wrap and used a warming laser to strengthen the numbing sensation. I laid down for 20 minutes and let the cream do its magic before heading to the treatment room.
Finally, it was time for the injections! I was introduced to my doctor, who explained how the procedure would be carried out in more detail, as well as asking how best to accommodate my needle phobia. I explained that as long as I don’t see the needle, I will be okay. He was very kind and agreed to inform me when to close my eyes, in order to avoid seeing the needle.
The doctor explained that SH Plastic Surgery had a special injecting technology that uses negative pressure to suck the skin upwards towards the needles, thereby minimizing liquid loss and maximising injection depth and accuracy. Additionally, the pain level is reduced by this method, as the injector lifts and straightens the skin surface, before the needle is applied.
The doctor warned me before starting, as we had discussed and I was also allowed to wear headphones as a distraction from the pain. He started with the first injection and checked with me before proceeding. After I said okay, he worked very quickly and finished the rest of my face in under 5 minutes. I will admit… it was extremely painful. One of the nurses gave me a pillow to squeeze and even held my hand as she could see I was having a hard time. Thankfully, it was all over before I knew it. Although I was having 3 types of injections, they were administered simultaenously, thanks to the micro-injector technology.
After the injections, I was taken back to prep room and received a sheet mask to soothe my skin and start the healing process. After about 10 minutes, my face felt a lot better and the pain was practically gone.
Right after the procedure
My face was red and swollen with a grid pattern of bumps called ’embossing’. Embossing is a common side effect of micro-injections and should fade after 2-3 days. I also had some light bruising, which should fade after 5 days.
After 1 week
All embossing and bruising was gone.
After just 1 week, the first thing I noticed was the GLOW — no highlighter necessary! My skin was so bright and felt hydrated, no doubt thanks to the mulgwang hyaluronic acid shots. Furthermore, my pores were significantly reduced from the botox and the skin around them felt more elastic. As for the rejuran, I cannot pinpoint the direct results just yet but I was informed that the effects would take longer to show than the other treatments. I guess we will just wait and see!
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SH Clinic Location & Directions
SH Plastic Surgery Address: Floor 3 487 Gangnamdae-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 10:00am - 7:00pm Mon - Thurs, - 9:00pm Fri, - 4:00pm Sat, closed Sun Directions: Sinnonhyeon Station (Subway Line 9 - Express, All-stop) Exit 2. Walk for approx. 1 minute and SH Plastic Surgery will be on the left, just after Starbucks.