Does anyone have experience with Hanabi Rhinoplasty Clinic

Mazikeen

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I didn’t see any reviews for Hanabi so since I decided to have rhinoplasty there I’ll share my experience.

HANABI Revision Rhinoplasty

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Consultations -__-

I went to several doctors for consultations and this was during mandatory quarantine so I spent 2 weeks in a tiny hotel with only cold food before I could see or even be near another human.

gng was a big no go. I would stay as far away from there as possible

Item was very very nice and their female surgeon is especially skilled. I may go to her for fat grafting.

koko surgery was a bad experience. The doctor held me hostage for two hours trying to explain the surgery in broken English.

Mine clinic was very nice and very smart doctor, but not before and after weren’t what I wanted

mvp was not good in my experience. I liked them the very least.

Banobagi I wanted to visit but they were hard to reach and tried to change the promotional 50% off for foreigners saying it wouldn’t apply even though they promised before I was in Korea and then once I was in Korea they said no because I would need to do eye surgery and nose for it to apply. I told them I no longer felt I could trust them so I canceled my appt.

JW was another clinic that looked amazing for rhinoplasty (and also breast surgery) but they were booked out weeks in advance supposedly.

My experience at Hanabi
I went to Hanabi not thinking I would book my surgery that day, but just to get an opinion.
He was the first doctor that seemed confident he could help me and my breathing issues.
My nose tip was completely crooked and sideways, my nostrils were two sizes, my left nostril was retracted and I had a bump on my bridge and enlarged turbinates.. the list goes on.

During consultation he spoke literally perfect English and for $10 usd I had imaging done that took two mins to get and showed me exactly what was going on inside my nose. He showed his huge library of b/a and showed me all of the people he had fixed with similar concerns as mine.

Banobagi and item have a 40-50% off promotion for foreigners staying in Korea so I really wanted to go to them so I could save money, but after seeing the doctor at Hanabi I decided to spend whatever he asked for.

Ent vs plastic surgeon
I’ve had multiple rhinoplasties so my case was very complex and difficult and required an ent specialist because plastic surgery had ruined my nose functionality and not being able to breath is never a good feeling. Scale of 1-10, 10 being most difficult, mine was 8.5 because he had to build an entire new nose tip but once in the OR he said he decided not to do osteotomies. So I believe only the bottom half of my nose was the issue.

price

I never asked pricing before my consult. After meeting the dr, they quoted me 10k and I’m like ughhhh please god no. Then she said we can give you discount of 500 so it will be 9500 AND if you allow us to use your photo it will be 9000 BUT there is tax of 10% so 9,900 or 11 million won.

I decided on surgery to add under eye bag surgery so it ended up being 13 million won with a 1 million won vat refund. This included rib graft and ear skin graft and would have been $2000 usd less if I used donor rib instead. They gave me that option as well.

surgery experience

I was nervous before surgery not because i was unsure it would go well. I fully trusted the doctor but I was nervous about pain after surgery. I was scared especially if the rib graft area. My surgeries in US always were so so painful and the anesthesia was general so breathing tube made my throat hurt for 3/4 days could barely speak etc. this sedation anesthesia was like heaven compared to breathing tubes. Also I woke up in zero pain in a comfortable heated bed, they fed me soup, I went home and I was super happy with the entire experience. The doctor took time to go over the surgery plan before surgery and told me the details of how surgery went as soon as I woke up. A lot of doctors do not do this and I was so thankful and felt so safe knowing we were all on the same page.

Surgery results

My packing came out today and I can breathe 100% on the left side, but the right side is very swollen and constricted. Hopefully it will go away and the nostril will get wider.
He definitely fixed my contracted nostril flare, he straightened my nose and he made my nostrils even so my nose looks so much better even with the cast still on. Hopefully I will like it when the cast comes off.

Recovery

The “recovery” room at Hanabi was extremely comfortable and I woke up not remembering anything but feeling in great spirits, maybe the drugs did that. My english consultant went to the pharmacy for me and sent me he with ice pack, directions creams, juices, etc. everything I needed basically.
The pain meds wore off around 18 hrs later. I brought a couple pain meds so I took them, but not for pain. I had zero pain, only discomfort.
The rib graft had zero pain, unless I tried to sit up. It was 3 out of 10 trying to sit up.
the only issue for the first 48 hrs was nose discomfort because of the pressure. I also had turbinate surgery so my nose felt like it was blowing up inside a tiny box and the pressure was pretty annoying but not painful. I took half of a sleep aid for nights 1 and 2. Day 2 after surgery packing was removed and pressure feeling is now completely gone. Only thing I could complain about is sometimes around my nose and cast it feels itchy, probably because it’s healing.

I had red light therapy and oxygen chamber beginning the day packing was removed -day 2 after surg. - and I am told to continue every day until my cast comes off.
I felt a huge difference coming out of the oxygen chamber.

Sorry for the typos.
Hope this has been helpful!
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What a relief. I also had several botched rhinos and was looking for a clinic for my revision and really liked the online consultation with Hanabi and Cocoline. The surgeons at both clinics took time to explain to me what had gone wrong with my previous surgeries and how they would repair the damage done.
May I ask who the female surgeon @Item was?
Schocked that JW is fully booked; they have a history of botched surgeries and their prices:no: - no thank you mam.
You dodged a bullett with Choi @mvp, he is terrible at revisions.
BTW did Hanabi make accomodation arrangements for you?
 
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When I left quarantine I had scheduled my own hotel because I had hotel member points I wanted to use. I was supposed to see hanabi first before any doctors but when I finally reached the hotel, I was so exhausted so I fell asleep and missed my appointment, but I am glad it worked out the way it did. I needed a few days to adjust and mentally clear my mind from being in a 200sq ft box for 14 days straight. The quarantine was by far 100x more painful than this revision rhinoplasty. I think some people get lucky and have nicer, newer and less strict govt quarantine hotels, but that wasn’t my experience.

The location felt more like a prison than a quarantine hotel. Everything from the beds to the food was cheap, food always came cold and they turned off the air con and heat for the rooms and then plastered wallpaper over the windows with a sign that said $100 fine for *opening a window*. Would not recommend 14 day quarantine to say the least. If my breathing problems had not been so intense I definitely would have waited. It’s really unfair that everyone pays the same price for quarantine, but it’s completely random what kind of hotel you’re forced to stay at.

But the results of my surgery are still kind of hidden under my case which won’t come off for another 4 days, but I’m pretty confident he did a great job. My nose already feels more comfortable, no poking or heavy feeling grafts etc, and it looks really balanced on my face even with the swelling and cast so crossing my fingers it ends up how I’d hoped!
 
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When I left quarantine I had scheduled my own hotel because I had hotel member points I wanted to use. I was supposed to see hanabi first before any doctors but when I finally reached the hotel, I was so exhausted so I fell asleep and missed my appointment, but I am glad it worked out the way it did. I needed a few days to adjust and mentally clear my mind from being in a 200sq ft box for 14 days straight. The quarantine was by far 100x more painful than this revision rhinoplasty. I think some people get lucky and have nicer, newer and less strict govt quarantine hotels, but that wasn’t my experience.

The location felt more like a prison than a quarantine hotel. Everything from the beds to the food was cheap, food always came cold and they turned off the air con and heat for the rooms and then plastered wallpaper over the windows with a sign that said $100 fine for *opening a window*. Would not recommend 14 day quarantine to say the least. If my breathing problems had not been so intense I definitely would have waited. It’s really unfair that everyone pays the same price for quarantine, but it’s completely random what kind of hotel you’re forced to stay at.

But the results of my surgery are still kind of hidden under my case which won’t come off for another 4 days, but I’m pretty confident he did a great job. My nose already feels more comfortable, no poking or heavy feeling grafts etc, and it looks really balanced on my face even with the swelling and cast so crossing my fingers it ends up how I’d hoped!
thx you so much for you full review i appreciated, hanabi also my top list
and i feel sorry to heard all you been through in quarantine. I'm looking forward to hear your final result
 
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What a relief. I also had several botched rhinos and was looking for a clinic for my revision and really liked the online consultation with Hanabi and Cocoline. The surgeons at both clinics took time to explain to me what had gone wrong with my previous surgeries and how they would repair the damage done.
May I ask who the female surgeon @Item was?
Schocked that JW is fully booked; they have a history of botched surgeries and their prices:no: - no thank you mam.
You dodged a bullett with Choi @mvp, he is terrible at revisions.
BTW did Hanabi make accomodation arrangements for you?
Female surgeon at Item is Dr. Shin and Dr. Kim is rhinoplasty doctor. They are both amazing doctors, very kind and upfront.
 
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When I left quarantine I had scheduled my own hotel because I had hotel member points I wanted to use. I was supposed to see hanabi first before any doctors but when I finally reached the hotel, I was so exhausted so I fell asleep and missed my appointment, but I am glad it worked out the way it did. I needed a few days to adjust and mentally clear my mind from being in a 200sq ft box for 14 days straight. The quarantine was by far 100x more painful than this revision rhinoplasty. I think some people get lucky and have nicer, newer and less strict govt quarantine hotels, but that wasn’t my experience.

The location felt more like a prison than a quarantine hotel. Everything from the beds to the food was cheap, food always came cold and they turned off the air con and heat for the rooms and then plastered wallpaper over the windows with a sign that said $100 fine for *opening a window*. Would not recommend 14 day quarantine to say the least. If my breathing problems had not been so intense I definitely would have waited. It’s really unfair that everyone pays the same price for quarantine, but it’s completely random what kind of hotel you’re forced to stay at.

But the results of my surgery are still kind of hidden under my case which won’t come off for another 4 days, but I’m pretty confident he did a great job. My nose already feels more comfortable, no poking or heavy feeling grafts etc, and it looks really balanced on my face even with the swelling and cast so crossing my fingers it ends up how I’d hoped!
Thanks for this info. Keeping my fingers crossed that the quarantine is over next year. Happy to hear you like your results so far, I'm also hoping this will be my last rhino.
 
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Sooo.. bad news.


I can breathe a bit better, but still only one side. My other nostril still looks completely collapsed and as the swellings gone down it’s obvious I have two very different asymmetric nostrils.
I also asked him not to make my nose tip long an pointy because I am biracial and don’t want to look like I had a white Caucasian person’s nose but unfortunately that’s exactly what my nose looks like.
I’m mortified by how big my nose is. I know it’s very swollen but i comparing it to my last surgery around the same time, my nose is twice as long. I feel like for some reason he heard what I had to say and then just didn’t whatever he wanted.

I wish I would have gone to a different doctor.
 

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Sooo.. bad news.


I can breathe a bit better, but still only one side. My other nostril still looks completely collapsed and as the swellings gone down it’s obvious I have two very different asymmetric nostrils.
I also asked him not to make my nose tip long an pointy because I am biracial and don’t want to look like I had a white Caucasian person’s nose but unfortunately that’s exactly what my nose looks like.
I’m mortified by how big my nose is. I know it’s very swollen but i comparing it to my last surgery around the same time, my nose is twice as long. I feel like for some reason he heard what I had to say and then just didn’t whatever he wanted.

I wish I would have gone to a different doctor.
Omg! I'm so mad on your behalf coz the same thing happened to me when I had my revision @ViP clinic. I just wanted tip refinement and Dr. Lee just went overboard. Overprojecting the tip always results in the nostrils being asymmetrical. Did he use rib cartilage for your revision? Sending you +ve vibes coz this is quite an ordeal, going through the ****ty qurantantine hoping for the best and getting subpar results. Have you told him about your concerns?
 
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Omg! I'm so mad on your behalf coz the same thing happened to me when I had my revision @ViP clinic. I just wanted tip refinement and Dr. Lee just went overboard. Overprojecting the tip always results in the nostrils being asymmetrical. Did he use rib cartilage for your revision? Sending you +ve vibes coz this is quite an ordeal, going through the ****ty qurantantine hoping for the best and getting subpar results. Have you told him about your concerns?
I think the worst part is not even how it looks, but how unbelievable painful and unconfortable it feels. Like there is 100 lbs of cartilage stuffed in a 50 lb bag. My nose was not designed to be this shape. I should not have this much discomfort after a week has passed. It feels like my skin is being stretched so unnaturally that it could burst open at any moment.

I have lost my appetite, I can’t barely sleep because of the pain and I refuse to go home with my nose like this so I am going to give the doctor the opportunity to fix it. I’ve cancelled my flight home and I will stay in Korea until the doctor can find a solution.

The columella graft is so long i can feel it digging into my facial bones right above the gums of my teeth. This experience has been like a nightmare and I just want to wake up, but I believe that this was an honest issues of communication and the doctor will fix this. I know he is a great doctor and has the ability to fix it so I am hoping that he will offer to fix it as an emergency surgery.
 

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I think the worst part is not even how it looks, but how unbelievable painful and unconfortable it feels. Like there is 100 lbs of cartilage stuffed in a 50 lb bag. My nose was not designed to be this shape. I should not have this much discomfort after a week has passed. It feels like my skin is being stretched so unnaturally that it could burst open at any moment.

I have lost my appetite, I can’t barely sleep because of the pain and I refuse to go home with my nose like this so I am going to give the doctor the opportunity to fix it. I’ve cancelled my flight home and I will stay in Korea until the doctor can find a solution.

The columella graft is so long i can feel it digging into my facial bones right above the gums of my teeth. This experience has been like a nightmare and I just want to wake up, but I believe that this was an honest issues of communication and the doctor will fix this. I know he is a great doctor and has the ability to fix it so I am hoping that he will offer to fix it as an emergency surgery.
I can totally relate coz this is my nightmare atm. 1 yr post and I still can't blow my nose properly and it is still stiff. I hope he can fix this asap since it is just a few days old, normally they ask you to wait 9mths - a year before they can do any corrections.
 
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So I feel SO LUCKY that the dr at Hanabi is ok to do a revision at 2 weeks post op!
You are exactly right- normally the doctor makes you wait. In the US my doctor was telling me to wait at least 2 years and I literally had a crooked nose and could not breathe so I was so anxious and upset I would not have an option to do anything.

When the doctor examined me today he explained exactly what he did and honestly he completely restored my breathing even with swelling I can breathe 100% better than before. And my nose is straight and symmetrical.

He said the revision to make my nose smaller will be very easy!
I’ve never felt so relieved in my entire life. I think he is a really great doctor and I trust him to do the surgery again for sure.
I will post pictures in a few weeks once swelling for the revision has come down.
I really blame myself Bc I should have been more specific about what I wanted and shown photos.
 
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So I feel SO LUCKY that the dr at Hanabi is ok to do a revision at 2 weeks post op!
You are exactly right- normally the doctor makes you wait. In the US my doctor was telling me to wait at least 2 years and I literally had a crooked nose and could not breathe so I was so anxious and upset I would not have an option to do anything.

When the doctor examined me today he explained exactly what he did and honestly he completely restored my breathing even with swelling I can breathe 100% better than before. And my nose is straight and symmetrical.

He said the revision to make my nose smaller will be very easy!
I’ve never felt so relieved in my entire life. I think he is a really great doctor and I trust him to do the surgery again for sure.
I will post pictures in a few weeks once swelling for the revision has come down.
I really blame myself Bc I should have been more specific about what I wanted and shown photos.
That is a relief. I know the awkward feeling of walking around with a botched nose and the anxiety. Wishing you all the best and keep us posted. Btw did you have the surgery under sedation or GA? I'm terrified of sedation coz you're awake throughout the surgery.
 
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Thanks so much =] I had sedation. I’ve always had GA as the only option having surgery in the states, but I could handle sedation much easier and prefer it much more now that I can compare. GA gave me sore throats for days from the breathing tube. I couldn’t tell a difference between the two other than I woke up easier and with less pain... I didn’t realize sedation meant I was partially awake in some form. If I was awake I definitely can’t remember any thing so I can’t complain. I think sedation is the way to go for sure.
 

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Thanks so much =] I had sedation. I’ve always had GA as the only option having surgery in the states, but I could handle sedation much easier and prefer it much more now that I can compare. GA gave me sore throats for days from the breathing tube. I couldn’t tell a difference between the two other than I woke up easier and with less pain... I didn’t realize sedation meant I was partially awake in some form. If I was awake I definitely can’t remember any thing so I can’t complain. I think sedation is the way to go for sure.
Ok. Then you had GA but w/out intubation coz with sedation you would be relaxed but still conscious while GA knocks you out completely. When will he be doing your revision?
 

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So I feel SO LUCKY that the dr at Hanabi is ok to do a revision at 2 weeks post op!
You are exactly right- normally the doctor makes you wait. In the US my doctor was telling me to wait at least 2 years and I literally had a crooked nose and could not breathe so I was so anxious and upset I would not have an option to do anything.

When the doctor examined me today he explained exactly what he did and honestly he completely restored my breathing even with swelling I can breathe 100% better than before. And my nose is straight and symmetrical.

He said the revision to make my nose smaller will be very easy!
I’ve never felt so relieved in my entire life. I think he is a really great doctor and I trust him to do the surgery again for sure.
I will post pictures in a few weeks once swelling for the revision has come down.
I really blame myself Bc I should have been more specific about what I wanted and shown photos.
Hi Sis,

I saw you said you're unhappy with the result from Hanabi , might i know what's happen/ why?
 
Nov 18, 2020
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I went to the dr for a revision. I never asked for my nose to be more projected. He said he wanted to make it more projected on my tip and suggested that would be good for me. I replied that I did not want a longer nose because I am ethnic, half black with tan skin and I don’t want a Caucasian nose. I explained that my family all has flatter noses and I do not wish to have a more projected nose tip. There was a miscommunication because my nose is now bigger and more projected than the nose I was ever born with. I would never ask to have a nose bigger than my natural nose. Aside from the way it looks, it feels extremely uncomfortable and my skin is being pulled so tightly, it felt for a few days like it was going to burst open.

The doctor thinks my nose looks great and he doesn’t quite understand why I think it’s too big even though I’ve tried to explain several times- I am not Caucasian or Korean and I only wanted my nose straightened and functional, not made longer. I spent two wks in quarantine eating cold govt food so I could have surgery and then I paid 13 million won to this clinic and then had to cancel my flight home so I could try to now fix my nose which is now too long. So I have to spend more money to stay longer in Korea all alone and have a painful surgery and deal with the swelling and congestion and recovery process all over again.

So I’m becoming very depressed by how this is all going, to say the least.

I don’t feel like the doctor is willing to take the time to understand that as someone with BROWN skin I do not feel comfortable walking around with a nose projected outwards in the shape of a Caucasian nose.

I’ve cried a lot and I feel really offended that I’m having Korean beauty standards forced on me when I explained to him my ethnicity and what I wanted for me and my body.
 

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