Singaporean Blogger Cyndi Xoh’s Korean Plastic Surgery Experience – Part I

I’ve got this idea for the longest time and I finally decided to go ahead with it this 2015!

I have been doing a lot a lot of research prior to the trip to Korea. I think if anyone wants to do this, do spend more time researching on reliable clinics, doctors and what to expect and what you should prepare. It was helpful that many local bloggers shared their plastic surgery experiences and so I’ll be sharing mine too! I specifically looked for asian blogs (especially Singaporean bloggers) to read, because it would be more helpful since we share similar features. 

Why Did I Want Rhinoplasty?

I think it is partially my mum’s fault since she love laughing at my nose since I had my first memory, like 4 or 5 years old! Hahahahahaha! I got my mum’s nose. Wide, flat and nostrils are kind of exposed. She used to laugh at me and I was so vain at 5 years of age that I used a clothes peg to peg my nose hoping that the bridge will be higher. HAHAHA silly things I do when I was young. And for the longest time since I turned into an adult, I’ve been harbouring the thought of having a nose job.

My close friends and family would know that. So when people around me asked me, “Why so sudden?” I really had to convince them that it’s not. It would be too rash of me to suddenly decide on something major like that. The decisions made after much careful consideration.

I tried nose fillers to “up” the bridge last March. The effects were really good but I’ll have to go back to touch up every year and they weren’t permanent.

These photos were taken before my fillers.

Most main concern was “Low Nose Bridge”

Wide nose, bulbous nose tip (I already did contouring here >_<”’)

There were so many people telling me I do not need a rhinoplasty, or that I should stay a natural. But I really wanted it for very long and sees it as an enhancement. As long as I know what I want, why not? My parents and my sister are very supportive and when I told them about it, they just said go ahead, just look for a good doctor.

They know me! And our family is really pretty much the Addams Family. Not much rules or boundaries and we are very open about things. As my dad taught me when I was little: Do what you want as long as you don’t harm others; do what you want, but remember the consequences should there be any. So they didn’t try to stop me at all. My parents even said that plastic surgery is so common nowadays, and just ask me to be safe. Hahahaha.. I love my family!

(Digress:I got a nice new tattoo at the side of my body last September and when I got home, I happily lifted up my top and proudly showed it to my parents, they were so uninterested they just went “en en” and went on to tell me about the nice Kdrama they were watching…  That’s my cute family.)

My hubby? He is very supportive too! He said that I’ve been saying it for so long so he is not going to stop me. He was so sweet that he took leave to be with me in Korea so that he could take care of me although I kept telling him I’ll be ok by myself. So nice right! Big thank you to Jon Jon for everything and taking such good care of me there!

And to those who are making a lot noise after knowing that I did a nose job, shhh……. You can keep your al-natural opinions to yourselves okie? ;p
You know I’m happy right now right! 

I am not encouraging it but as long as you make an informed choice, and as long as you know what you want clearly.

Where Am I Going For My Rhinoplasty?

After lots of research, I finally settled on JW Plastic Surgery and they have offered to sponsor my surgery. Although it is a sponsored surgery, rest assured that all my views will be fair and unbiased! 


3F Shamshin building, 598-6, Shinsadong, Gangnamgu, Seoul
(Apgujung Station(line 3, orange line), exit #3)

JW Plastic Surgery is one of the top clinics in Korea and I knew that I am going to be in safe hands. I looked through the before and after photos of many clinics and I love the results from JW Plastic Surgery best!

specifically asked for Dr Suh Man Koon to do my surgery 
More about Dr Suh can be found here:

I even saved photos of the type of nose that I wanted to show Dr Suh.

Omg Angelababy… She is too gorgeous.

What To Prepare?

After messaging my plastic friends (Hahahaha I’ve since joined the plastic gang and I’m calling us plastic babies wahahahaha… They are going to kill me…) and getting advice from them, these are my pre-surgery preps!

1) Drink lots of pineapple juice

It is said that pineapple juice will help to reduce swelling after the surgery. I can’t prepare fresh pineapple juice all the time so I got the packet 100% pineapple juice from the supermarket and started drinking a week before departure. I’m not sure if it helps but fruit juice are good for health anyway I guess! I bought the “Just Juice” brand if you are interested.

2) Wet Wipes

You can’t wash your face because of the bandages and stitches after the surgery. So wet wipes can help to keep your face nice and clean before your face wash after the stitches are removed! I bought Dettol Wet Wipes because the brand Dettol spells “antibacterial” already. Hahahaha…

3) Cotton Buds

To clean your wound and apply medication if necessary. I actually forgotten to bring this and Jon Jon had to go to the convenient store to get for me. Heh!

4) Positivity

Nothing much to bring already, just bring your positivity along with you!

That’s all for part 1 of my post! I’ll be splitting the entire rhinoplasty journey into parts. Next up will be my consultation post, followed by the actual surgery and recovery post, and later on updates on how my nose look as time goes by and it settles into its final shape.

Posted by Cyndi Soh