Three Chinese women were left stranded a South Korean airport immigration officials said their passport photos did not match their faces. The women had just had cosmetic surgery to change their looks. The surgery had transformed their faces to such an extent that passport control officials South Korea could not confirm their identity. Photos the women went viral the Internet. Their faces were swollen the surgery and were heavily bandaged. The Shanghaiist.com website reported that the women were not allowed to take their return flight to China, and were instead held questioning the airport authorities. It is still unclear if the women have been able to return to China.
South Korea has become the cosmetic surgery capital the world. Cosmetic surgery tourism China is now booming business. More than 500,000 Chinese residents a year flock to clinics South Korea to reshape their faces and bodies. Many them go to clinics that specialize making clients look more "Western". Cosmetic surgery is also hugely popular South Koreans. Around half women under 30 the capital Seoul are estimated to have had surgery. Many parents encourage their children to undergo surgery efforts to gain a "competitive edge" the job market. There are even hugely popular prime time TV shows that feature and after transformations.