This does not look right – What now?
You and your assigned doctor are the ones who know your surgery expectations best. In the event that you are unsatisfied with your results or suspect an unsuccessful surgery, the first thing to do is to contact your doctor.
Do communicate with your doctor and seek advice on how to improve the situation. Since you are having your surgery done in Korea, the language barrier might be a problem during discussions. Hence, it is always desirable to have a translator with you to reach mutual understanding.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend corrective surgery to fix any dissatisfactions. At this point, patients may not always stick to their original doctor since the initial surgery was unsuccessful. There are countless clinics available in Korea thus transferring to another clinic is always a viable option.
Nonetheless, before switching to another doctor out of distrust, do consider that your original doctor is the one who is most familiar with your surgery and has been monitoring your condition for the longest time.However, if you have doubts about your current doctor and feels that he lacks professionalism, switching to another doctor is advisable. It is up to you to analyse the situation and decide if you would like to approach a new doctor for corrective surgery.
How to file a complaint?
In adverse situations, there are several agencies you can approach to file a complaint if your clinic is not responsive to your concerns.
The Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency provides assistance to foreign patients in the event of medical disputes. They provide consultation, investigation and damage assessment to help you and your clinic reach an agreement. If your clinic is not cooperating regarding the incident, you can seek consultation and apply for mediation. Visit their website at www.k-medi.or.kr or contact them at +82-1670-2545.
Another governmental organisation you can approach is the Korea Consumer Agency (KCA). They are also able to provide you with assistance in the event of any mishaps regarding your medical procedure. Visit their website at www.kca.go.kr or reach them via the consumer hotline +82-1372.
If you are interested in finding out more information about the rights and interests of foreign patients to better prepare yourself, you can approach the Korea Health Industry Development Institute’s Medical Call to seek clarifications. Visit their website at www.medicalkorea.or.kr or reach them via the consumer hotline +82-1577-7129.
Maybe all you need is more time
Fortunately, many times when patients look into the mirror and suspect an unsuccessful surgery, they turn out to be but part of the recovery process. We understand that you are thrilled to see your brand-new look, but plastic surgery requires a substantial amount of recovery time. Depending on the surgery, healing can range from a few days to months. Therefore, if your doctor informs you that you are healing well, please be rest assured that the results will improve with time. Make appointments with your doctor to receive updates and follow recovery instructions precisely for best results.
Be confident about your procedure
Putting aside the worst-case scenarios, the plastic surgery scene in Korea has grown tremendously over the years with new technologies and skilled professionals continuously entering the industry. Increased receptiveness towards facial and physical augmentation also enabled information about various procedures to become easily accessible.
Additionally, in-depth and honest discussions about individuals’ plastic surgery experience has allowed people to make informed decisions about their choice of clinic and surgery. These advancements have helped to narrow uncertainties associated to plastic surgery, allowing individuals to embark on their plastic surgery procedure confidently.
Indeed, thinking about the possibility of a failed surgery can be intimidating. Therefore, we want to alleviate your worries by providing you with our beauty concierge services. Supported by a robust network of clinics and competent translators, we deliver professional assistance to ensure that your procedure goes smoothly and hassle-free. Feel free to contact us for more information on our beauty concierge services.
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