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Plastic surgery disputes in S. Korea on the rise

(People's Daily Online)    08:39, April 15, 2015

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More and more people are turning to plastic surgery nowadays. Statistics released by the Chinese Association of Plastics and Aesthetics show that in 2014, 56,000 Chinese went to South Korea to undergo plastic surgery. Research from a plastic surgery hospital reveals that 75 percent of its patients were female, and 25 percent were male. Among 207 patients interviewed, 191 thought that a good appearance could help to bring them greater opportunities.

South Korea has the highest rate of plastic surgery in the world. According to statistics, one out of every 77 Koreans will have plastic surgery. Under the influence of Korean pop culture, more Chinese are going to South Korea for plastic surgery. A report published by the National Tax Service of South Korea says that the number of Chinese tourists going to South Korea for plastic surgery has multiplied by 20 in 4 years. Zhang Bin, the chairman of the Chinese Association of Plastics and Aesthetics, said that Korean doctors opened 37 plastic surgery institutions in China in 2014.

Based on research conducted by the China Consumers Association, plastic surgery has become a new hotspot for consumer complaints. In the past 10 years, complaints about disfigurement after plastic surgery have averaged 20,000 per year, which indicates that about 200,000 patients have been disfigured in that period. A report issued by the Chinese Association of Plastics and Aesthetics in March shows that the number of Chinese involved in disputes over plastic surgery incidents in South Korea is rising by 10 to 15 percent annually.


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