Second week and Fraxel with DocfinderKorea and BanobagiFebruary 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 !
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!
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.
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.
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.
At 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.
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.
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.
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.
One 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.
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.
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: