People from all over the world are flocking to South Korea in a bid to look like their favourite Korean celebrities.
According to government data, overall medical spending by foreign visitors hit a record $116 million last year. Fourteen per cent sought plastic surgery or skin treatments such as botox.
Almost a half of all foreigners seeking a nose job, a facelift, a jawbone reduction or a tummy tuck were from China. Their number nearly tripled from 1,657 in 2009 to 4,400 in 2010.
According to a spokesman for the Korea Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Hallyu (Korean wave) boom has definitely played a key role in drawing new patients from abroad. These tourists understand that some Korean stars, rather than born beautiful, were made beautiful with a little bit of help from plastic surgeons.
A plastic surgery clinic in Seoul, South Korea has their patients picked up at the airport by limousines and greeted by staff who speak English, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese or Mongolian. About a half of its customers are non-Koreans, from China, Japan, the Middle East and even Africa. The clinic recently opened its own hotel to better serve deep-pocketed foreigners who spend an average of about 20 million won ($17,675) to get multiple surgery during a single visit.
Many tourists want to have a face and skin like popular South Korean actresses such as Park Min Young and Han Ga In.
STOMPer PlasticGirl wrote:
"If I have the face of Park Min Young, perhaps Lee Min Ho will date me since she is his ex-girlfriend!"
Apparently, many Asian and Western celebrities had undergone plastic surgery to enhance their looks.
Images 1 to 96 in the gallery below are photos of Korean celebrities rumoured to have plastic surgery, images 97 to 120 are photos of Western celebrities rumoured to have plastic surgery and the rest of the gallery features other women who had undergone plastic surgery.