According to Mail Online, Three women who had travelled to South Korea to undergo plastic surgery were reportedly stuck at the airport on their return journey because they looked too different from their passport pictures. The trio, said to be from China, were recovering from their operations, as it appears, as they had swollen faces and bandages around their head. They were said to look nothing like their passport photos and had been stopped from flying home, according to reports on Chinese-language media.
The picture was said to be taken at one unnamed airport in South Korea during China’s National Day holiday, according to Apple Daily.
Those who fly to South Korea from abroad to have the operations are, in some cases, so transformed that they are struggling to get through passport control on the way home. According to a previous report on Kotaku, some hospitals resorted to handing out ‘plastic surgery certificates’ to patients to enable them to get home. These certificates are said to include the patient’s passport number, the name of the hospital they were treated at and the length of their visit to South Korea. The theory goes that these certificates can smooth their path through passport control. While hospitals have been aware of the problem for a number of years, it is said to be becoming an increasingly common issue.