Photo Gallery: Plastic Surgery in the Lunch Break
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Photo Gallery: Plastic Surgery in the Lunch Break

Plastic Surgery and Botox The Pressure to Be Beautiful in South Korea

Lips plumped up during the lunch break, implants for a rounder head: Cosmetic surgery is extremely common in South Korea, even among men. The pressure to look good in the country is immense.
Doctor Rhee Byung Jun examines Park Jae Hun's face.

Doctor Rhee Byung Jun examines Park Jae Hun's face.

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A screen displays the areas of the face to be treated.

A screen displays the areas of the face to be treated.

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The entrances to many clinics are meticulously designed, and some look like hotel lobbies.

The entrances to many clinics are meticulously designed, and some look like hotel lobbies.

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The Gangnam district in the capital Seoul is considered the heart of the South Korean beauty industry.

The Gangnam district in the capital Seoul is considered the heart of the South Korean beauty industry.

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Advertising for the clinics figures prominently at the entrance to the Sinsa metro station. The doctors who perform the procedures are often shown in the advertisements.

Advertising for the clinics figures prominently at the entrance to the Sinsa metro station. The doctors who perform the procedures are often shown in the advertisements.

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"Most people want to be beautiful," says doctor Suh Dong Hoon. Here he's doing a laser lifting on patient Park Tae Ha.

"Most people want to be beautiful," says doctor Suh Dong Hoon. Here he's doing a laser lifting on patient Park Tae Ha.

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Park Tae Ha is also having his skin treated with ultrasound.

Park Tae Ha is also having his skin treated with ultrasound.

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Kim Myeong Hye examines herself in the mirror after her treatment.

Kim Myeong Hye examines herself in the mirror after her treatment.

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This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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