Korea embraces medical tourism

by Yousoon Moon ,  CNN Go | 2011-09-26

Craving a Korean actor's nose? Or is your high hairline getting you down?

Korea is the new destination of choice for medical tourism, Joong-ang Daily reported.

More and more foreign visitors are flying to Korea for surgical treatments, and it seems that the reasons for this new version of the Korean Wave may be a matter of cost rather than that of quality.

"I thought about getting my eyes and nose done either in Thailand or New Zealand, but Korea seemed like the safest place for plastic surgery and the price was also affordable," Jack Ng, a 21-year-old New Zealander told the daily. Ng's surgery was apparently one third the cost of getting a procedure done down under.

His parents are in for a rude shock upon his return to New Zealand, as he didn't tell them that he was coming to Korea to makeover his face.

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