Going under the knife didn’t go down really well for three Chinese women – in fact, it led to a nightmarish experience. The women who were returning from South Korea to China were reportedly not allowed to leave the country because their faces did not match with their passport photos after they underwent plastic surgery. The women were stranded at the airport with swollen faces and bandages, reported The Hindustan Times.
Their images on the airport were made viral by Weibo, the Twitter-equivalent of China, on October 8. The women can be seen clutching their passports in the image, reportedly clicked at a South Korea airport during China’s annual Golden Week holiday. As per reports, the women opted for plastic surgery in South Korea during the long holiday and on the way back, they weren’t recognised and had to wait for proof of identification. The photo was, meanwhile, liked over 51,000 times and shared more than 23,000 times. It is currently unclear whether or not the women have been allowed to return to China.
South Korea has emerged as an inexpensive plastic surgery destination for Chinese women in the recent past. According to The Hindustan Times, it has the most plastic surgeries per capita on earth, with over 980,000 recorded operations in 2014.