Ugly side to cut-price beauty fixes abroad, plastic surgeons here correcting procedures overseas gone awry

Plastic surgeons here see more seeking help to correct procedures overseas gone awry

A patient who went to South Korea for a facelift (above) ended up with infection setting in after the procedure, and pus accumulating in both of her cheeks. South Korea is one of the world's hot spots for plastic surgery. In the district of Gangnam,
A patient who went to South Korea for a facelift ended up with infection setting in after the procedure, and pus accumulating in both of her cheeks. South Korea is one of the world's hot spots for plastic surgery. In the district of Gangnam, many billboards (above) advertise the before-and-after of cosmetic surgery.PHOTO: EPA/EFE
A patient who went to South Korea for a facelift (above) ended up with infection setting in after the procedure, and pus accumulating in both of her cheeks. South Korea is one of the world's hot spots for plastic surgery. In the district of Gangnam,
A patient who went to South Korea for a facelift (above) ended up with infection setting in after the procedure, and pus accumulating in both of her cheeks. South Korea is one of the world's hot spots for plastic surgery. In the district of Gangnam, many billboards advertise the before-and-after of cosmetic surgery.PHOTO: JJ CHUA REJUVENATIVE COSMETIC & LASER SURGERY

When Sam forked out $3,700 to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure (nose job) at a Bangkok clinic a year ago, after a friend recommended her the place, she was expecting a smaller and sharper nose hours later.

After all, the posh-looking clinic "guaranteed results" in an advertisement, and at a third of what it would cost in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2018, with the headline 'Ugly side to cut-price beauty fixes abroad'. Subscribe