As plastic surgery in South Korea continues to rise in popularity, more and more cosmetic surgery clinics have opened up. With so many of it’s kind, many of the clinics have focused on improving their work to beat out the competition. The results? South Korean plastic surgery has gotten so advanced that international patients are now facing a problem. How do you get back home when you look absolutely nothing like your passport picture?
The desire for plastic surgery spans beyond Korea. For instance, surgery rates in China have increased as well. Many people in China decide to travel to Korea to get procedures done because they claim they will get better results there. (Seriously. Check out this procedure gone wrong.)
However, when travelers try to return to China after their surgery, many are refused because they look drastically different from their passport picture.
To fix this problem, South Korean clinics and hospitals have reportedly begun issuing “plastic surgery certificates” to their patients. Along with before and after pictures, the certificate also includes the patient’s passport number, the name of the hospital or clinic where the treatment took place, and other information to verify their identity.
Still don’t think these certificates are necessary? Just take a look at these twin sisters who are both unrecognizable after their surgery.