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Second week and Fraxel with DocfinderKorea and Banobagi

February 10, 2017

Hi All ! Sorry it has taken so long to update you but this is the final post you have all been waiting for! This post will show you my second week of recovery as well as the one month and three month post surgery pictures. I will take you through my second week 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 – my second week !

Day 8-9
Banobagi Clinic take care of their patients by giving treatment to help deswell and debruise. The lady in the picture below is gently massaging my face and making sure blood is circulated around the bruised areas. This facial massage was the most gentle one that I’ve ever experienced and it totally didn’t hurt at all. They used an ioniser machine which also helps with the healing process. The photo was taken right after the treatment and you can see that my face only has minor yellowish bruising left (this means it is almost fully healed). During this entire process I was accompanied by my lovely DocfinderKorea manager who helped translate all the processes and gave me tips on how to deswell faster. The key is walk walk walk (or shop shop shop) hehe!
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Day 10-11
On this day I was really excited because I get to remove my inner nose and inner eyes stitches. My DocfinderKorea manager told me that after stitch removal, I just need to sanitize and apply ointment for 1 more day and then I’m done. After stitch removal I can wash my face YAY!! Finally! For the last few days I was only able to wipe my face and I couldn’t wait to be able to wash it properly. The nurses are so skilled that I barely felt anything. This time again the pain level was only 3/10 at most. The stitch removal is very fast and it is over before you even know it. The whole time my Docfinderkorea manager helped me with any translations and also accompanied me during the entire process.
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After stitch removal I was really excited to see Dr Kim because he is the specialist for skin. Docfinderkorea helped me to be in contact with Dr Kim because although I originally did not come here to do skin treatment it was a good opportunity for me to have a consultation whilst I was here at Banobagi. If you want to add skin consultation or if there’s anything you want to do please contact Docfinderkorea and they will help you. When I met him he examined my face and asked me what I was concerned about. For me my main concern was that my skin was dehydrated but also oily on the T-zone area. I was also concerned about pore sizes. After taking pictures of my face and analysing my skin the doctor said it would be best for me to do Fraxel along with whitening & hydration treatment. The process began by having numbing cream applied onto my face and the Vitamin C & Water Gel (Hydration) drip hooked onto me.
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The application and Vitamin C & Water Gel (Hydration) drip lasted about 20-30 minutes before it was taken off. Right after this the doctor started step one of the fraxel treatment. There was what felt like mini zaps onto the face and honestly at this point I was thinking “Why did mum think fraxel was really bad – it doesn’t hurt THAT bad” the pain level was about a 3/10 and the doctor kept saying “You’re doing really well”. At this point I thought to myself “this really is not that painful!”. The first step lasted about 2 minutes and then I realised there was actually a second step, a more painful zap. As soon as the doctor started the next zapper I immediately find it very painful. This was nothing like the first zap and was extremely painful at a 8/10. This was by far one of the most painful burning sensations I have ever felt and the zap lasted about 1 minute. After the zapping stopped the doctor applied more water gel (hydration) onto my face to help hydrate my skin.
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IMG_1229At this point my skin started to feel that burning sensation from the fraxel and it literally felt like acid to the face. I now understood why my mum told me fraxel was very painful. Pain level was 10/10. This burning lasted about one hour and the doctor assured me that the feeling is normal. After the fraxel treatment I was treated to a cooling mask and also a light treatment which speeds up the healing process of bruises. Afterwards I spent time at home cooling my face down gently with an icepack. Surely enough after 1 hour my face felt absolutely no pain and was back to normal. For full results of skincare and fraxel treatments – please refer to the end of this post where you can compare Day 11 (before fraxel) and Day 14 (after fraxel) as well as one month post op results.
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Day 12-13
On these days I came in once again with my Docfinderkorea manager for another gentle facial massage and a light treatment again to quicken the healing of my bruises. At this point they were almost one hundred percent gone YAY! I now have tiny dots on my face which are tiny dot scabs from the fraxel treatment. This is completely normal and expected (the fraxel is like a laser burning so we would expect the tiny scabbing). It is very important if you do fraxel NOT to attempt to peel any of the scabs. The tiny dots will eventually drop/flake off on their own and this is the best thing for your skin so please DO NOT peel it off for best results. All I did with my skin after fraxel was put an extensive amount of facial moisturiser to keep my face hydrated at all times.
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Day 14
During my time in Korea my DocfinderKorea manager also took me out on a half day tour. This is actually part of their service so you can pick a place you want to go shopping or sightseeing and they will accompany you there and even pay for the transportation fare! Isn’t that fantastic!?

The place I chose to go to was Express Bus Terminal, Myeong-Dong and Dongdaemun Markets. I was on a mission to find a backpack, some souvenirs from Dongdaemun (such as the Korean style pillows) and some last minute shopping for cosmetics and facemasks at Myeong-Dong and Express Bus Terminal! I truly recommend you make the most of this half day because it’s like having your own personal tour guide! My Docfinderkorea manager helped carry my shopping, helped guide me around and also became my personal translator! I wish we had more than half a day!!

Docfinderkorea managers are busy everyday with their patients, but they will do their best to make time for you and they will take you for half day tour if you request at least 1 day before (so make sure you request as early as you can to give them time to schedule your day in!)

Now back to my final day at the clinic!! The moment has finally come to say goodbye! Before saying goodbye the last stitch removal I need to do is my mouth stitches. This was the one I was most scared about as I heard that this is the most painful out of all the stitch removals. After experiencing it myself I can tell you that I agree. The pain level for this was about 8/10 (that’s right – the fraxel burning was still the worst). They even gave me a stress doll to hold on to (that’s right a STRESS DOLL not STRESS BALLS – believe me you’ll need it!). I was squeezing that stress doll so hard. The whole process took about 5 minutes and I was so glad it was over. Luckily I had my Docfinderkorea manager with me the entire time and she helped hold my hand through the painful process. I felt relieved as I didn’t feel alone.
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We went through similar scans as the first day to make sure there were photos and X-rays to see the comparison. I then went to see both Dr Lee and Dr Oh for a final consultation. All three of us were so happy with the results.
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IMG_1403One month to three month post op
When I left Banobagi I was given a pamphlet showing me the mouth exercises I need to do post surgery to get my jaw to relax and open wide enough again. 14 days post surgery I was only able to fit one and a half fingers. My DocFinderManager told me that I need to press open my jaw as much as I can and hold in position for 20 seconds for 20 times a day. Now that it has been one month post op I can fit two and a half fingers. It’s still hard to bite a big burger but I have made so much progress since the first day of surgery where I could only barely fit a straw in my mouth. You can also see from the picture that the fraxel treatment made my skin a lot smoother and I definitely felt that my pore size around the nose area reduced in size.
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Everything feels normal again with my jaw and I am totally pleased with the final results. I feel so happy that my eyes are even, my chin is no longer leaning to the right side (it is now centred) and my nose bridge is straight. Definitely super happy with DocfinderKorea and Banobagi Clinic. The above photo is now my permanent look and I’m so happy with it!

Now this is what you’ve all been waiting for! Here is the photographic change from Day Zero (before surgery), 11 Days after surgery (right before fraxel treatment), 14 Days after surgery (right before I left to go back home), one month to three month post op.
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Thank you so much for reading my journey with Banobagi and DocfinderKorea I hope you enjoyed seeing the changes and for anyone who is thinking of going for any surgeries feel free to reach out. I have left their contact details below:

Docfinderkorea website & email:
docfinder@naver.com
www.docfinderkorea.com
Banobagi website:
www.engbanobagi.com

mandyarisa

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  • Wanderlustts February 11, 2017 at 2:39 AM

    Oh wow Mandy !! Haha I get so excited each time you post about your experience, I find it so interesting I always look up you tubers’ own experience. A lot of people seem to be using Doc Finder for their surgeries in Korea and honestly after so many good reviews about them, I’m so impressed! I’m actually surprised about the post surgery process and the stitch removal / laser treatment because I rarely see people talk about it that much in their videos – i had no idea that there would be more pain post surgery from all the treatment and stitch removals. I find everything painful so omg I felt so nervous for you when I was reading this LOL. You’re so brave I don’t think I could ever do something like this because the thought of anything coming near my face makes me uneasy. But omg you can really see the difference!!! They did such an incredible job and I’m so happy that you’re happy about the outcome too! oh and side note, wow their service include escorting you to shop? That’s just straight up luxurious LOL <33

    Wanderlustts
    http://www.wanderlustts.com

  • Christine Kong February 11, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    Wow, thank you for taking us on this journey with you. It is amazing that DocFinder was so incredibly helpful in translating and walking you through this entire process which is so scary and daunting in it of itself but to be in a foreign country too! You look amazing and I am glad you are so happy with the results. This sounds like a fantastic service and really white glove service for anyone looking to get some surgeries done in Korea. xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  • Manda February 12, 2017 at 4:33 AM

    Thanks for taking us on this journey with you! This has been such a neat experience to watch unfold! I love seeing your before and after pictures. The fraxel treatment certainly sounds a bit scary because of the pain level. I’ve had 2 babies and I still would not describe the pain a 10/10! You look stunning! They did such a fantastic job!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  • Eliza February 12, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Girl, you are so brave!!! The result is just fantastic. I’m loving it! I wish you a good recovery, get well soon. You look gorgeous!

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

  • Lily Rose February 12, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Wow how exciting is this. I absolutely love the results, and how different you look. You look beautiful (not that you didn’t before). I could also tell that DocFinderKorea and Banobagi take such amazing care of their clients and did such a great job helping you recover. They had a full intensive service and I love that. Sorry I couldn’t look at a lot of the pics during your recovery process because of my uneasy stomach, but I did look at your process collage and the results look great!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • Jennifer Lee Quattrucci February 12, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    I am so overwhelmed and deeply impressed by your experience! I remember reading about your very first visit and how all the people were so accommodating and professional and how they made you feel so comfortable throughout the whole process. I am so amazed by the entire process and truly impressed by your bravery and results !!!

  • shalini February 13, 2017 at 5:11 AM

    Wow! The results look incredible. I can see the difference in the before and after pictures. I am glad to hear you are happy with your results and thank you for sharing such a personal matter on your blog. I admire your courage! xo Shalini http://www.styledevotee.com

  • Thomas Falkenstedt February 13, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    For someone who’s been with you for the whole journey it’s amazing to see the whole process and once again be reminded of the bravery you’ve gone through. With bravery I don’t only refer to going through a painful surgery, but openly telling us about something that by some might be considered as superficial or unnecessary. I mean comments such “You’re such a pretty girl, you don’t need to change anything in your appearance” or “God made us the way we are, be happy you’re as pretty as you are” that only show how ignorant people can be. I’m of the firm belief that if there’s something that you’re able to fix, improve or make better regarding your looks to get better self confidence and feel better, DO it! And the results speak for themselves. You’re a true beauty, Mandy!
    Love,
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

  • Michelle February 13, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Wow what an amazing journey. You’re so brave for sharing. Fraxel looks so interesting – I need to look into it. Glad you’re happy with the results – you look great Mandy!
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

  • Aldora February 13, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    WOW Mandy! You look so much prettier post-surgery and glad you are recovering well 🙂 Also, DocFinderKorea really provides all the services you can ask for in a package – from accompanying you for the dr consultation, post-surgery recuperation, tour etc. And yup, Fraxel do sound painful – perhaps it’ll be 20/10 pain if it were me as I’m already burning from Q-Switched laser.. Say beautiful ~

  • Vivian February 13, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    OMG Mandy!!! I’ve seen other Videos about Doc Finder on YouTube and I’ve always heard amazing reviews about them, I am so glad that you also experienced amazing service by them! I would definitely recommend Doc Finder to my friends and family who are interested in doing their surgeries in Korea! It seems like they are so friendly and would put customer experience first over anything! In particular, I am so surprised they allow you to pick a place you want to go shopping or sightseeing and take you on a day-tour, they definitely have five star services!

  • Sarah February 13, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I have read all of your posts leading up to this final post and I absolutely love the result. I have seen people go through surgery and at times they don’t end up looking like themselves. But DocFinderKorea did an incredible job, the changes are so natural and you are looking beautiful. Your experience with them sounds wonderful, especially the postoperative care. You were so brave throughout the two weeks and I am so happy that you are healing well.

    xxx

    Sarah

    http://sarahatiq.com/

  • Kierra February 13, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Well that is a very interesting process. The step by step process was very interesting.

  • Sheree February 13, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Wow Mandy, thanks for sharing your amazing experience and post surgery recovery journey. I am so scared to go under the knife for anything and you made it look easy and at ease. The white glove service in from DocFinder seems like a such a great care that I just might give it a chance. Wonderful photographic journey to follow along.

    ~ xo Sheree
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  • Jessie February 14, 2017 at 12:55 AM

    Babe, That’s so brave of you to go through all that. I was shivering by just going through the photos. When I read the painful level 10/10, I have total respect for you to endure all the pains. I don’t think I’m brave enough to go through that. Thank you so much for sharing, and if I don’t mind I will share this link among my friends who are planning a trip to Korea to get ‘a few things’ done.

    I adore your look =)
    xx, Jessie
    http://www.4evajessie.com

  • Lani February 14, 2017 at 3:45 AM

    You were beautiful before the surgury, but I can see you are happy with the transformation and that’s what matters most of all. Thank you for your honest review, as I have been curious about fraxel. This seems like a great clinic with wonderful customer service you visited

  • EVA LAKO February 14, 2017 at 7:42 PM

    Hello dear!!
    I’m really happy for yo to see this good, not optical invasive results.
    You’re face get better but not bad also before:) Great technology and science, love how they worked on you . I’m very impressed …
    Have to congrats all and you too for your courage babe !
    Sending love from Italy.
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

  • Open Kloset February 15, 2017 at 12:12 AM

    Hey Sweetie:)
    I am so Glad that you are Feeling Okay:)
    Thank you so much to showing your Journey and Everything. I am
    Happy that the Results are Very Nice and I can see the Difference on the Photos!
    They Made a really Nice Work and I really Loved that you Explained Everything!
    Thank you for the very Detailed post. It was very interesting to see step by step your Healing process.
    Wish you Happy Day
    Love Karina

  • Maggie February 15, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Wow Mandy, this has got to be the most informative post I’ve ever read about plastic surgery. Your bravery should seriously be awarded. I’ve always wondered how Korean celebrities get such porcelain skin. I can’t believe the procedure is painful though. If it’s a 10/10 for you, it might be 100/10 for me. Lol. I can’t stand even a little bit of pain. You look great though! I’ve been waiting to read your post about this and so glad you finally updated.

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    Maggie S.
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  • Gina Diaz February 15, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    So happy to read about your recovery and that you are doing well now. Thanks for sharing your experience and the whole process. Wish you a lovely week ahead, sweetie! Xx. Gina

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  • Maryam February 15, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Oh wow, what a transformation! You are brave for going through it but you look amazing dear.

    xo, Maryam
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  • Andreea Birsan February 16, 2017 at 4:08 AM

    Loved finding out more about your experience with DocFinderKorea. You are really strong to endure all that pain, I actually got goose bumps when hearing how painful the fraxel treatment was. Would never be able to do all that, but you are such an inspiration! All the pain and effort were worth it, you look flawless now! Have a lovely day! x

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  • Lily February 16, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Mandy! I always love reading about your beauty treatments and surgeries – I find them beyond fascinating and encouraging in order to follow your heart. You are such a trooper and you’re so beautiful both inside and out! <3

  • Rachel Holliday February 16, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Oh my goodness Mandy, that fraxle treatment sounds so painful, but your skin does look amazing 🙂 Doc Finder Korea sound like they do such a great job and how fantastic that they take you on a tour too. You look absolutely gorgeous and it’s great to hear that you’re pleased- it’s all about our own confidence 🙂

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  • Hadasah Love February 16, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    Hi dear,
    I’m so happy that you’re happy with the great results. DocfinderKorea and Banobagi Clinic did an awesome job. You look beautiful ❤

  • Jacqueline February 16, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Wow it’s been so amazing reading about your surgery! You’re so brave for going through this. You can see the progress over time!

  • Vanessa Berlin February 16, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Thank you for sharing your process! Hope it wasn’t too painful and that you recover soon. The results look outstanding!

    Have a good rest of the week!

    Vanessa.

    http://thefashionstatement.net

  • Diana February 17, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    I think. you are seriously brave girl. Seeing how you went through all the process and got an excellent result makes me wonder to visit Korean doctors, but I think I want just to do my eye sights first. I don’t think I can hold all the pain. Haha. Thanks for sharing babe!

  • Darlene February 17, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    wow, I read this post twice! I am so amazed at the changes and the pain you had to get thru to look like this! You look amazing than ever. it’s like getting a brand new life. I wonder is they gave you discount for posting this or did they give everything to you for free in exchange for this blog post? I really wanna do fraxel tho. but wow!
    xxxx
    thenewgirl

  • Sofia February 19, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    WOW what a journey you have had. So glad that you’re happy with the results of your surgery. Seems so complicated but you look amazing!!

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