South Korea continues to grow as a popular destination for plastic surgery, with women and men from China traveling to the country to undergo such transformative procedures that they are struggling to get past airport security.
The extensive surgeries include reducing excess skin in the upper eyelid to make the eyes appear bigger and more “Western,” transforming some Chinese women's entire faces and rendering them almost unrecognizable, the Daily Mail reports.
To enable the women to return to China, some hospitals have decided to hand out certificates, which include their patient’s passport number, the hospital’s name and how long they stayed in South Korea.
China Daily reports that some travelers had bigger eyes, higher noses and slimmer chins than in the photos of women shown in their passports.
The women were allowed to reenter China after a thorough check, but were all told to renew their passports as soon as possible.
“After they took off their huge hats and big sunglasses following our request, we saw them looking different, with bandages and stitches here and there,” Shanghai Hongqiao Airport officer Chen Tao told China Daily.
According to Jezebel, South Korea has the highest per-capita rate of plastic surgery in the world, with 1 in 5 women in capital city of Seoul having undergone some kind of procedure. But men are known to have had surgery too.
Before-and-after photos of women getting plastic surgery have gone viral many times before and continue to draw attention since they were posted on Chinese news sites.
Some people say that K-pop groups and artists may be encouraging the growth of the trend of going under the knife.
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