As the Beauty Capital of the World, almost 400,000 people visit Seoul every year for cosmetic or dermatological procedures.
Home to some of the World’s most experienced medical professionals and with prices that are far more competitive than those at home in the UK, or the States, I decided to pay a visit to a skin clinic to have a procedure that I had been wanting for a while in the UK: laser skin resurfacing.
Since suffering with severe acne as a teenager, I’ve been left with mild scarring across my cheeks and large, open pores across my face. I can cover these with makeup and you can only really see the depressed scars under certain lighting but it’s something that I have always been self conscious about – never wanting to venture out without wearing foundation and feeling uncomfortable letting guys I date see my bare face.
You know that scene on ‘Bridesmaids’ where she sets her alarm super early so that she can quickly do her makeup before he wakes up and he’s like “Wow! You look so good first thing in the Morning!” Yeah, like that.
After much research, I discovered that The Teng Teng Skin Clinic in Sinsa-Dong was one of the most highly regarded in Seoul, with their clientele ranging from the middle class to the rich and famous. Teng Teng’s resident Dermatologist Dr. Julias Jon has received international acclaim for his work, so I made an appointment for a consultation with him.
The clinic is conveniently located right next to Sinsa station, in the heart of Seoul’s stylish Gangnam district. It was beautifully decorated and the receptionists were so nice and friendly – it was not the clinical environment that I had expected to be faced with at all.
All of the receptionists and nurses spoke some level of English, but Dr Julius Jon was extremely proficient. He has lived overseas for twenty years: obtaining his medical licence from the US and having practiced Dermatology in London for five years.
Dr Jon discussed my concerns with me and what I was hoping to achieve.
Prior to the consultation, I had wanted full fraxel laser treatment but I was concerned about the recovery time involved as I knew that this would cause my face to scab and peel and I would have to be out and about in this time, not hiding indoors waiting for my face to recover.
He recommended the mini fraxel treatment – a less aggressive laser and a procedure that resulted in minimal downtime. The process would take approximately one hour, and later that evening I would be able to apply makeup as normal. The main benefit of this procedure is the convenience of it: the fact that you can still achieve results by spreading the treatment over several appointments without disrupting your schedule with recovery.
The process takes place in an individual room which is more like a cute little bedroom than a clinic. The nurse led me to the room and cleansed my face thoroughly before applying a numbing anaesthetic cream, wrapping my face in cling film and dimming the lights to leave me for 20 minutes to relax.
After the twenty minutes were up, my face was unwrapped, cleansed once more and eye guards placed across my eyes before Dr Jon started the procedure.
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different but it really didn’t feel bad at all with the numbing cream – just like small scratches across my face.
Once the process was over, the nurse applied an ice pack to my face to soothe it, and then cleansed, toned and moisturized my face before applying sunscreen.
Though I had the fraxel treatment for acne scars, the lasers work to improve overall skin appearance and texture, so it is also a good choice treatment for tightening pores, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and getting rid of age spots.
After the Procedure
My face was a little red and puffy for the rest of the day after the procedure and felt as though I had gotten a sunburn. I didn’t want to aggravate my skin with makeup or my normal skincare products so I used a simple cleansing milk to wash my face.
The next day, my skin looked slightly better and it felt a lot smoother and incredibly soft (I had to keep stopping myself from stroking it!)
It would be unrealistic to expect immediate results, and Dr Jon has suggested that having multiple sessions (potentially 5-6) will offer a gradual and eventual improvement. I am dead set on clearing up my skin as much as possible whilst I am living in Seoul and treatment is available at a much more competitive price to the UK, so I will continue to see Dr Jon for fraxel laser treatment every fortnight for the next couple of months. When the time is up, I will share the results with you…
A Dermatologist consultation at Teng Teng Skin Clinic costs 10,000₩ – that’s just £7.
Mini Fraxel Treatment costs 130,000₩ per session, or £90.
Granted, it’s still a lot of money, but worth it in my opinion, for restoring your confidence, and not to mention, saving you money in the long run on extra coverage makeup and miracle creams.
Disclaimer: As always, High Heels & A Backpack believes in total transparency when it comes to writing reviews and documenting experiences. I am in no way affiliated with The Teng Teng Skin Clinic. All views and opinions expressed throughout this article are my own.