Three Chinese women got themselves in an unusual situation. Neither of them encountered any problem when they became tourists in South Korea. However, their interest for this country was more than the usual sightseeing. They were actually interested in this region’s generous offers in plastic surgery. In the end, they were able to follow such a procedure right away. However, their swollen faces made it impossible for airport employees to let them return home.
South Korean Airport Staff Didn’t Offer the Three Chinese Women Clearance to Go Home
The whole issue originated from a loss of sync between the new facial features of the three women and their travel documents. As it is well known, airport staff are always checking the passport image to identify the owner of the official paper.
However, this time they couldn’t distinguish any similarities between women’s swollen faces and their passport pictures. Therefore, South Korean authorities concluded that they weren’t the same persons.
According to witnesses, all three women had their faces covered in bandages and distorted as if they just came out of surgery. In the end, the trio was detained to one of the airports in South Korea for an unknown period of time.
It was Chinese news anchor Jian Huahua who happened to be around the girls at the airport when they got into trouble. The reporter took a picture of them and posted it on Chinese social media Weibo. There were no further details on the identity of the persons or how the story ended. Eventually, the post disappeared from Jian’s profile.
South Korea Is Notorious for Its Indulgence for Plastic Surgery
On the other hand, there is no wonder that South Korea hosted such an event. The country became world-renowned for its extensive offers for plastic surgery. Reports show that this nation performed most cosmetic procedures in the world with 2.2% of such interventions per capital in a year. By comparison, this rate in the United States is around 1.3%, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
One of the side effects of such a booming popularity is the creation of “surgery tourists.” There are many individuals, especially from China, who would rather cover expenses for a South Korea vacation plus an aesthetic intervention than receiving the procedure in their country.
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