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Chinese Flock to Korea for Dreams of Perfection
2006-05-23 10:28:11
"A Chinese woman uses the pretext of tourism, successfully completed plastic surgery in Korea and afterwards found her knight in shining armor." This is a report by Korea's "Cultural Daily".
Whether this report is accurate or not can be set aside for the moment. But one reality is certain, more and more Chinese are flocking to Korea for plastic surgeries and have caught the notice of the Koreans. "Korean Wave" has swept the tide of plastic surgery into China. Korea's technique in plastic surgery is top of the world and its success rate has been widely recognized in China.

One cannot expect to go to Korea to do face lifts and tummy tucks without a substantial pocket book. According to chief surgeon Kim, creating double eyelids alone costs 12,000 RMB (US$1,500) and bulking up one's nose will set one back at least 16,000 RMB. Other more difficult procedures are priced at between 20,000 to 60,000 RMB.

Besides fees for the surgery, travel and lodging expenses can also add up. Dr. Kim told reporters that for the purposes of reducing outlays, certain Chinese tourists follow tour groups to visit Korea and then immediately go to the plastic surgery hospitals upon arrival and then rest a few days after surgery just to catch the tour group to return home. Generally speaking, Korean plastic surgeries cost five to ten times those done in China, but many Chinese still come, drawn by Korea's reputation in this area.

As China's plastic surgery technique improves day by day, and the price is very competitive, more Koreans including some Korean stars choose to take plastic surgery in China. In September 2005, a hospital in central China's Chengdu City performed plastic surgery for Korean film star Park, Uhn-Mee. Analysts believe that this "beauty product" will gradually shift its focus back towards China.
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