First week with DocfinderKorea and Banobagi

December 21, 2016

Hi All ! Sorry it has taken so long to update you but at last here we are! This post will show you my journey through daily pictures and you can see exactly how fast it has taken me to recover from the three surgeries mentioned in my previous post. First of all I want to let you know that although the pictures below show how I personally recovered it is important to note that every individual will recover at their own pace and this solely depends on you (you could be a slow healer or a fast healer). WARNING – For anyone who isn’t good with seeing post surgery pictures please don’t scroll down past this point!! Let’s start where we last left off.
No one ever tells you how it feels during the surgery because most of the time you are asleep and you don’t remember a thing. I’ll tell  you what I do remember. I walked past the glass doors into the survey room and I was told to lie flat to prepare for surgery. During this time I was very anxious so I just closed my eyes but I could hear the nurse talking and telling me that I will feel a slight prick where they will insert the IV drip. I saw Dr Lee and he told me to open and close my eyes as he redesign the shape of my eyelids. At this point I was awake because my eyes needed to open and close for the doctor to design the shape. Shortly after the nurse told me that it’s okay and that they will move onto the nose and jaw surgery. They also told me that I will go to sleep now and that’s all I remembered. The next time I woke up I was already in the recovery room.

The below is pretty much me at my worst. When I woke up I was greeted by my DocFinderKorea manager who already waited for me. My DocFinderKorea manager already prepared everything for me such as: bringing my luggage to my ward, purchase my prescribed medication and even writing all the medicine explanation so I can look back again when I forget. At this point I only felt very exhausted and like my face was slightly heavy (because I had tubes hooked up to me). It is very reassuring to have somebody who waited and took care of me especially during a time when I felt like this. If you see in the picture I am extremely swollen at the eyes, cheek area and my lips. You can also see that there are two blood tubes connected to me and this was to suck out any blood. I was pretty drowsy and at this point my throat felt really dry. I wanted to drink some water but the nurse said I had to wait until 1am before I was allowed to have any liquids at all. When I almost fell asleep whilst waiting for time to pass before I can drink water, my DocFinderKorea manager woke me up and kept me company. The pain level at this point was concentrated on my dry throat and I felt zero pain on my eyes and nose. My jaw had a stick on bandage so I didn’t really feel too much pain – it was probably equivalent to a bruising tenderness feeling. I was also told not to sleep until 1am and to ice around my jaw area so that the swelling would go down faster. This did help in the long run.

Day 0
img_0996While I was waiting for my water I felt the need to go to the toilet. My DocFinderKorea manager assisted me to go to the toilet and explained that this is normal because my body was being hydrated through the IV drip. My DocFinderKorea manager also explained and demonstrated how to gargle as I have to gargle once every 2 hours and after I consume anything other than water. It is very important to keep my oral hygiene after the surgery.

At 1am the nurse gave me water to drink. I wasn’t allowed to drink or eat anything else and shortly after this I tried to sleep until morning.

Day 1
img_1000In the morning before I checked out of Banobagi clinic the nurse removed the two tubes from my mouth. The pain of having the tubes pulled out was probably around 5/10 (bearable but slight pain just for that moment). The nurse then gave me water to rinse my mouth, some soy milk to drink as well as a disinfectant gargle. I felt more comfortable after taking off the tubes and the bandages and this is what I looked like. You can see my eyes have bruising, I have a nose cast and bandages around my jaw. I’m icing my face as much as I can and you can also see my lips are quite swollen at this point. Banobagi put all their cool compress in the fridge on the corridor. I can call the nurse to change it for me or I can also change it myself. This wasn’t difficult to do and it’s better to walk around because I will be swelling so I changed it myself. I just needed to take fresh cool compress out from the fridge and put my old one back in the fridge. I then slide it through the white gauze and voila my face is iced again!

When I woke up I received a care pack which contained cotton buds, hydrogen peroxide and two ointments. Today I feel my body is lighter and I felt happy I passed the first and worst night. Everything got better from here on. My DocFinderKorea manager was with me and not long after that Jane from Banobagi came and together they explained the discharge precautions for me. Whenever I forget anything or have any questions I can always contact my DocFinderKorea manager via whatsapp and they always respond within a quick time frame. When I needed more pain killers (prescribed) my DocFinderKorea manager purchased more for me! I’m glad I came with DocFinderKorea as they totally take care of you! I was told to put a thin layer of ointment on visible stitches area 3 times a day except for inner nose and back of ears which I had to put on 10 times a day. This became my daily routine and I always carry my care pack with me everywhere I go!
The DocFinderKorea manager already checked me in Banobagi guest house and already received the key on my behalf. I’m so happy I don’t have to worry about all the details. Everything went so smoothly because I have DocFinderKorea with me. My DocFinder Korea manager also assisted me to move my luggage and checked me into the Banobagi guest house (see below). Even if you stay in other place such as: hotel, airbnb, other guest house; your DocFinder Korea manager will do the same for you. This is so important because I really don’t think I would have had the strength to move my own luggage and walk around when I was still dizzy that morning.
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The room conveniently has a TV, fridge and an adjustable bed (if your bed isn’t adjustable you can pile up pillows as it is good to keep your head elevated after surgery as it is better for blood circulation). The bed was really good because I was advised to sit up straight as much as I can and even sleep on a sitting angle if I can. For the rest of day 1 I just rested up and drank lots of water and soy milk. Oh and don’t forget gargle – lots and lots of gargle! Also a point to note is that the guest house is GIRLS ONLY so it is very safe.

Day 2
Moving on to the second day! I was told that I could remove the jaw bandage off myself. This part didn’t hurt too much because I removed it quite carefully and tried to use a lot of baby oil and water to loosen the sticky bandage. I think it is actually better for you to remove it yourself because you can take your sweet time like I did! If you need to clean off any residue I would recommend to use baby oil and some cotton pads. At this point my eyes are still bruised, nose cast is still on and there was bruising on the area under my chin. During the night was still quite painful for my throat and I had trouble sleeping because my throat felt so dry. The best way to cure this is to have a little bit of water constantly. The feeling is equivalent to coughing phlegm out but it had traces of dry blood.

This was what I had for my first week because I was on a strict liquid diet. Pumpkin juice (provided by Banobagi clinic – if you go to other clinic that doesn’t provide you with pumpkin juice then DocFinderKorea will provide this for you) is really good for healing and if you get the facial contouring surgery, Banobagi also will provide soy milk and porridge. They have vegetable, tuna and pumpkin porridge which were all so yummy! Tuna flavour was my favourite! If you go to other clinic, then you can ask DocFinderKorea to take you to a supermarket before your surgery so you can be prepared. Also – I’ll emphasise again how important it is to gargle! Getting an infection is REALLY bad and troublesome so to avoid this you really must gargle every 2 hours and after eating any food or non-water liquids! For me the easiest way is to use a paper cup and pinch it so you can easily pour the gargle into your mouth. I also used this technique for drinking any liquids.

Day 3-4

After the second day sleeping got slightly better. I still woke up every 3 hours but at least I was getting some rest and my throat was getting less dry. At day 3 I was able to go out (even though I had a nose cast I didn’t care!) and because the clinic had advised that the swelling will go down quicker I walked around Gangnam quite a lot. There’s lots to see around there so if you’re here and bored don’t be scared to explore. Gangnam has a lot of clinics so it is quite common for the locals to see people with casts or bandages walking around. I recommend you visit Gangnam station for some shopping this is only a 5 minute walk from Banobagi Guesthouse.

For the third and fourth day I was still icing my face and you can see quite clearly that I’m not super swollen. The bruising is now a yellowish colour which means that I am fast healing around the eye area. The main bruising and tenderness for me was under my chin (as pictured below) as the bruises were quite red and deep there.

Day 5
img_1024 img_1027Moving on to day 5! I was so scared and nervous about this day because this is the day I got to go in to remove my outer eyes and nose stitches and my nose cast. Honestly I was scared for nothing because the nurse was so skilled and removed the eyes and nose  stitches so fast I didn’t even realise it was done! Pain level was about 1/10 at most. The removal of the nose cast was similar to poking at a bruise. The pain level wasn’t too bad it was probably 2/10 for me. I’m also super excited because this is the day I can finally see my nose after waiting for 5 days! FINALLY! The good thing about Banobagi clinic is they offer treatments to help deswell. Here you see that I have a light treatment which helps for healing and deswelling – the treatment lasts 15 minutes but is super effective.
After the first light deswelling treatment I definitely saw a huge improvement. My bruises and swelling definitely went down a LOT. When your bruises go from red to yellow it’s a good sign. The only deeper bruises I had left at day 6-7 were the ones under my chin (see below). Also I wanted to show you a side shot of my face so you can see my nose shape clearly. Please also note that my ears are swollen and bruised because part of the ear cartilage was used for the nose. Overall the healing process has been so fast for 6-7 days and I am so happy! I used to feel very self conscious about my nose due to having a hump in my nose bridge which really affected my confidence. Now that I’ve seen the difference and the result of the new nose I am super thrilled and happy with the result. I couldn’t have asked for a better surgeon ! My eyes shape are so much better and the problem of uneven eyelids are GONE! Although my face is swollen still I can definitely see a HUGE difference it has become a lot slimmer from the V-line surgery. What do you think, have I de-swelled a lot?

Day 6-7
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This is my first week recap with DocFinderKorea and Banobagi Clinic. I can’t wait to show you my second week and the final results! Stay tuned for the next blog post!

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  • Atsuna Matsui December 23, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    The bruising was initially bad post-surgery but you’ve healed up so beautifully since then! 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us your story hehe.. I’ve never had plastic surgery before but if I did, I definitely would go to Korea to get it done.

  • Lady Goldapple December 23, 2016 at 3:15 AM

    Wow so heavy babe! And really amazing of you to share this journey on your blog. Something not everybody would dare to do.
    Totally understand you were a bit anxious, because you did quite a lot. But it already looks só beautiful. I can’t wait to see next week’s results <3

  • Gina Diaz December 23, 2016 at 3:15 AM

    Thank you for sharing your experience, sweetie. I can imagine how you must felt. I would be scared too. Thank God that you healed up and everything is better.

    Sending big hug! xo Gina

  • Diana December 23, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    OMG, I have been waiting for this blog post! U are so tough!

  • Belle December 23, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Girl you are SO brave! I have so much anxiety about surgery even though I’m interested. Your swelling and bruising was pretty minimal to what I’ve seen before. DocFinderKorea Seems like the most amazing way to have a hand throughout the entire process!!! I’m glad to see you’re on the mend! Can’t wait to see the next update

  • Jacqueline December 24, 2016 at 12:45 AM

    Wow that’s so crazy. I’ve never seen such detailed photos and an explanation. It sounds like they really took care of you and that you healed very very quickly! It’s been amazing reading about this!

  • gracie December 24, 2016 at 1:53 AM

    Wow, it looks you had a wonderful hospital to have this surgery. I can imagine it was scary but you have healed so nicely. I cannot wait to see your next post, I am sure you are going to look great. Thank you for sharing your story in such detail, you are very brave.

  • Jo December 24, 2016 at 3:19 AM

    I think it’s so amesome how helpful DocFinderKorea was during your whole recovery process. Your doctor at Banobagi Clinic did an amazing job. This is such a great post babe! I commend you for sharing your plastic surgery journey so openly and honestly.

    xo, Jo

  • Natalia k December 24, 2016 at 6:00 AM

    I definitely think Korea is the place to go for cosmetic treatments thanks for being so brave for sharing this post with us
    I love the LED healing light it’s amazing !

  • Michelle December 24, 2016 at 6:54 AM

    Mandy thank you for sharing your candid photos – I’ve always been curious about having procedures done and I love that you took us in there with you. Docfinderkorea sounds like a great service! Can’t wait to read your next post!

  • Cece Lam December 24, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    this is such a cool post babe! thanks for sharing

  • Samantha Mariko December 24, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    you are such a trooper for going through this tough surgery, and also for providing this detailed post about your experience with photos. I don’t plan to have plastic surgery, but if some sort of accident happens it might be necessary for anyone so all of this is great to keep in mind. Thank you!

  • Aldora December 25, 2016 at 1:33 AM

    Mandy! Those post-surgery photos really did have me cringe a little but am glad you’re recovering well! And so proud that you have such high pain tolerance and courage – I might’ve cried a bucket of tears after seeing my face so bruised after surgery. The service provided by DocFinderKorea & the Banobagi clinic sounds awesome. I will definitely consider going to them if I decide to go for cosmetic procedures in Korea 😉 Thanks for sharing your journey with us – you’re such an inspiration!

  • Helen Chik December 25, 2016 at 2:19 AM

    You go girl – the results looked awesome and love how you’ve documented all of this to manage everyones expectations that there is a recovery period after surgery and not to expect that you’d just miraculously come out completely unbruised. Keen to chat to you about scar removal with these guys!

    Helen xx

  • Thomas Falkenstedt December 25, 2016 at 3:32 AM

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Thank you SO much for destigmatizing corrective surgery (or plastic surgery if you want to call it that) by telling your story. I think that if there is something that makes you feel less confident about yourself and it can be fixed, FIX IT! You’re a huge role model and so incredibly brave!
    Merry Christmas babe!

  • Jen December 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Wow amazing results!! DocFinderKorea is wonderful in assisting you with everything and Banobagi did an amazing job. I actually want to do upper eyelid bc my eyes are uneven. Will check them out!!

  • Maggie December 25, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    OMG! You went through so much! Thank you so much for documenting everything from day 1. It seems like DocFinder is super useful for foreigners because it’s so thorough. Must’ve been so crazy going through all that. I can’t even imagine! Can’t wait to see updated photos Mandy!

    Maggie S.

  • Everest December 26, 2016 at 4:25 AM

    Wow thanks for sharing this detailed journey and I am so Glad to see how fast u recover from the procedures! I can’t wait to see the effect after the swelling has gone down.

    Kisses from Singapore,

  • Sofia December 26, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Ok I had to skip the images because things like this freaks me out. I cant even look at when someone is getting injections in their list without almost fainting.
    Im so happy you’re recovering well, three surgeries is a lot to handle!

  • Shalini December 26, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    I am happy to hear that you are recovering well. Hope the bruising heal soon and you love the results. Thanks for sharing! xx

  • Anju December 26, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Thanks for sharing this experience Mandy. You are so bold to get it done and even sharing this. The photos did scare me a little bit but I am so glad you are recovering so well and the first week is over. The serviced offered by docfinderKorea sounds great . Take care girlie

  • Candace December 26, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Sounds like you had a great experience with everything! I pray for your continuous quick recovery 🙂

  • Candace December 26, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Okay I had to skip it all cause this is not something I can handle. I hope you recover quickly hun.

    xx Jenelle

  • EVA December 26, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Hello Mandy!!!
    Thanks for share us. and telling all about your story.It’s very confident. Love how workink the surgery staff in Korea.
    I can see on you the good results. maybe the next post will be more.
    Enjoy yor beautiness babe.I’m happy for you!

  • Manda December 27, 2016 at 3:30 AM

    Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s so insightful to see how this process works! Cant wait to continue following along your journey!

    Manda |

  • Elizabeth Lee December 27, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    WOW girl, you are so brave for sharing your experience in such an honest way. It looks like you received the best care from this doctor and I am certain the results will reflect that. I’ve already seen how gorgeous you look on Instagram right now but I still look forward to the details of your second week and final results. Will there be a before and after?

    Love, Liz

  • Open Kloset By Karina December 27, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Dear Mandy,
    Thank you for sharing your Photos and about your surgery, I am sure it was not easy but you are so strong!!! i am very curious about your next post and about your recovering photos:)
    Sending you Love and Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina

  • Jessie December 27, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Wow this is a lot of information. Thanks for sharing all the details and your experience on this post. This will be very informative for a lot of my friends, I’m so gonna pass it on!

    Xx, Jessie

  • michenn December 28, 2016 at 1:30 AM

    OMG ouch! That looks so painful but you’re such a trooper for going through it and sharing the experience. This is super helpful for anyone that might want to do it. Also, I think it’s so awesome that you had a representative from DocFinderKorea there to guide you through everything…that’s pretty freaking cool. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, I know a few people who are interested in this and I’m definitely going to show them your post!


  • Lily Rose December 28, 2016 at 4:24 AM

    Oh wow babe, I’m sorry I had to scroll through this post quickly because I couldn’t look at the photos. The procedure doesn’t seem pleasant but I’m glad the team was there and was helpful in helping you with the accommodation and the recovery process. I’m waiting for your next update and can’t wait to see the final results!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • Rachel Holliday December 28, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    I admire how honest these photos are babe- it looks super painful, but I’m glad to see that it’s healing well 🙂 Its great that Docfinderkorea were so helpful and kind during the whole process, I can’t imagine hassling with luggage and accommodation to be pleasant when you are recovering from surgery. It’s fantastic to hear that you went out and explored Gangam too

    Rachel xx

  • Katya Bychkova December 28, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey! Usually we only see just before & after photos and no one really talks about what goes into a plastic surgery. It’s so brave of you to share all of the pros and cons and provide real life pictures! There is a great journalism that comes in writing this post and I appreciate your honesty!

    Have a fast recovery and please continue sharing your amazing articles!

  • Ravayna December 28, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Mandy, I so appreciate you bravely and honestly sharing these images-
    I’m so glad you were so well taken care of and healed quickly! I’m so looking forward to the rest of this series. Xoxo Ravayna

  • Vukosavljevic Ana December 28, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Thank you for sharing this experience Mandy!
    People arent this honest about it! Cant wait to see the next post with final results!
    Hope you are doing well <3

  • Tandya December 29, 2016 at 5:33 AM

    Wow thank you for sharing with us! Seems like an intense journey! I can’t wait to read your next experience and see the final results!

  • Alexandra December 29, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Wow babe, you are so tough! Glad to hear you are doing well! Wishing you a very speedy recovery!


  • Lacey December 29, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    I LOVE reading these posts Mandy! So interesting and educational. An initial recovery of 6-7 days is exceptional. And I just can’t get over the DocFinder program. Honestly, every country needs to adopt this idea! The sheer comfort of knowing someone is by your side during this process is irreplaceable.

    You’re looking so amazing Mandy! Can’t wait to read more about this!

    Lacey |

  • Jessica December 29, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Glad to see you’re recovering speedily!

    XO, Jessica

  • ellen kim December 30, 2016 at 5:42 AM

    Wow Mandy! This is truly fascinating! I’m so thankful that you’re sharing this experience. And glad to hear that most of the pain was bearable! This is such an informative post for those who are interested in surgery in Korea! Amazing and can’t wait to see your next recap.

  • Darlene December 30, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    wow babe! I bet this is painful yet alot of people are doing it for the sake of beauty, If I were given a chance I think I will do it too. But I never thought how much you’ll have to go through this. Thank you so much for being brave and showing this side of cosmetic surgery to raise more awareness also that people who choose to do this are strong people not weak because of choosing this way. I do believe in saying when youre born with something you dont like about yourself it’s not your fault, it’s genetics but if you’re already older and still not happy then it’s your fault. I dont know if these make sense but I salute you!

  • samira December 31, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    thanks for sharing dear! very strong of you to share this with all of us!!

    xo samira,

  • Andreea Birsan January 12, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Looking at the bruises and at the whole process, this should have been really painful. All my respect for having the courage to do such a big surgery and congrats on healing so well! Sending you a warm hug! x


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