Women Detained As Passport Photos Look Different After Plastic Surgery

The downside of medical tourism: after your plastic surgery, your new face and passport might get you into trouble.


Three women reportedly flew to South Korea from China over the Golden Week holiday to go under the knife for better facial features, but when they wanted to return home, the airport security detained them.

Chinese TV anchor Jian Huahua shared a photo to her Weibo account, where the three women can be seen with passports in their hands and their faces heavily bandaged and swollen after the surgery.

According to Jian, the trio looked so different from their passport photos that airport security barred them from boarding the flight. The airport authorities held them for further questioning.

South Korea is known for these plastic surgeries that make women look more “western.” Nearly half of women in Seoul under the age of 30 are estimated to use plastic surgeries to enhance their facial features.

Nearly 500,000 Chinese residents make trips to South Korea for medical purposes in a year. The proportion for plastic surgery is not yet known, however South Korea has become a top plastic surgery destination for Chinese women.

The country is also known as the plastic surgery capital of the world. South Korea has the most plastic surgeries per capita, with more than 980,000 recorded operations in 2014

Thumbnail Credits: Reuters, Nir Ilias

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