One’s mind may first go to Hollywood at the mention of plastic surgery operations, but South Korea is steadily becoming the world’s plastic surgery leader. The nation’s growing economy and the increasing popularity of doll-like facial features contribute to the mind-boggling statistic that 1 in 5 Korean women have had plastic surgery (compared to 1 in 20 women in the US).
Plastic surgery is in such high demand that South Korea’s Incheon International Airport announced they will be opening a plastic surgery clinic in 2018. The medical center will provide surgeries for passengers who desire a quick nip and tuck before embarking on their voyage. And while cosmetic procedures are highly sought after, the airport clinic has been met with adverse reactions from doctors and medical boards, including the Korean Association of Plastic Surgery. The experts do not condone patients hopping on a flight post-op.
Although the concerns surrounding the clinic are many, Icheon International Airport will move forward with their plans. In an effort to appease apprehensive medical boards, the South Korean airport will place clear regulations on who is able to receive treatment and how a procedure could affect a person’s travel. The reality that travelers are willing to risk their well-being to alter their appearance highlights the increasing obsession for perfection.
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