One of the best things hands down that I did in Korea was get laser hair removal. Medical tourism in Korea is serious business and I can see why! Things are much cheaper here than back home and it always seems wrong not to take advantage of such steep cuts in healthcare costs.
For example, last year I felt a small bump on the back of my neck. I was worried that something might be wrong. If I was in the US, having surgery to remove the mass and have it sent to the lab would have costs me thousands of dollars. In Korea? All of $75. INSANE. Don’t worry, everything was fine with that surgery. 😉
Laser hair removal is something I have been thinking about for awhile. When I got a quote at home the prices were outrageous. My coteacher knew a good clinic near Shincheon station and referred me there. It’s just a few minutes walk from the subway so it is really easy to find. If you go out of exit 5 and walk straight, you will find it on your left right next to Outback Steakhouse. It is on the 10th floor of Hyosung building.
The staff here do not speak English, so it would be best to get a Korean friend to set up the appointment for you. The main doctor there does speak English, although limited. It wasn’t too hard to navigate because you only really need to understand the price, which body parts and when to come.
I went in for a consultation with the doctor and it was really easy! I told him the parts that I wanted done, and he told me that I would get five sessions for a certain price. He gave me a discount on that price, and lowered it even further when I asked. Definitely bargain if you want to get an even better deal! Since it is quite a bit of money, he let me pay in five installments at each appointment.
The absolute best part of it all is that after your first five appointments, the rest are free! So if you finish those five and still have hair growth you can continue to book your appointments without paying a penny.
It was a little awkward because the technicians don’t ever talk to you. I got such a deal on my package that I can’t really complain about the lack of English. The first two sessions are every four weeks, and the last three are every six weeks. If you pay with cash, you can bypass the VAT and save even more money.
The process is pretty simple and if you are a foreigner they will most likely know right away who you are without talking much because they never see foreigners in this clinic. I was the first one, and even the doctor was surprised that I had found them!
I did seven sessions total for my arms, full legs, armpits, and chin. It was pretty successful. All of the hair definitely lightened and thinned. My percentage of hair lost varied.
Lower leg: 95%
Chin: 50%, but very fine and light hair now for what is left.
Armpits: 40%, but very fine and light hair now for what is left.
Overall, I paid about $1200 for everything. Because I did so many areas, they threw in some others as service. I couldn’t be happier!
To get to Shincheon Laser Hair Removal:
Take the subway to Shincheon Station. Go out of exit 5. Walk straight for a few minutes. You will past many cosmetic stores, a McDonalds and KB bank. Once you see Outback Steakhouse, you will see the Hyosung building doors next to it. Shincheon Laser Hair Removal is on the 10th floor.