Placeholder Image

字幕表 動画を再生する

  • South Korea has the most cosmetically enhanced people on the planet.

  • The practice of going under the knife is viewed as a gateway to better careers and the key to a happier life.

  • But the high demand for a plastic appearance is also fueling a dangerous addiction.

  • I'm Steve Chow on this edition of 101 East we've investigated South Korea's plastic surgery boom.

  • South Korea's capital, Seoul, is at the heart of a growing obsession. An obsession to look perfect.

  • People from across the nation and the world are flocking here for plastic surgery, supporting what has become a five billion dollar a year industry.

  • More people have cosmetic surgery in South Korea per capita than anywhere else on Earth.

  • But the quest for beauty and profits is putting lives at risk.

  • What's driving the growth of this booming business? And at what price to both individuals and the wider Korean society?

  • In South Korea, it seems beauty is everything.

  • For women, that means big round eyes,

  • a pointed nose,

  • a pleasant smile,

  • a V-shaped chin, and a slim jaw.

  • And this is when they come to get it.

  • So this is Apgujeong, which is effectively the Las Vegas strip of plastic surgery,

  • and all the lights behind me here all these businesses

  • 95% of these businesses are plastic surgery clinics, and you walk past these clinics

  • and I have a lot of advertising in the front windows

  • and there's pictures of the doctors and the doctors are effectively the movie stars of the plastic-surgery world

  • They're the celebrities of the clinic, demigods.

  • More than 4000 clinics provide cosmetic surgery in Seoul,

  • with an estimated 650,000 per year going under the knife.

  • The number of operations are soaring, but with that has come an increase in cases where things go wrong.

  • Today, I'm visiting one of the biggest and most popular plastic surgery clinics in Seoul.

  • Man: Hey Nick: Hey

  • Man: How are you?

  • Nick: Nice to meet you!

  • Man: Welcome to Grand Plastic Surgery.

  • 10 years old, the Grand has recently expanded.

  • Opening a 15-story tower with state-of-the-art medical facilities, employing 30 doctors, and 400 staff.

  • We were given unprecedented access to the building. We'll be at closely monitored by a PR team.

  • The general manager, KS. Young, gave us a tour

  • The Grand needs to present a positive image in order to maintain its position as one of Seoul's leading plastic surgery clinics.

  • Young is very keen to show me that surgery here isn't a risk.

  • What would you say is the most popular surgery here?

  • The majority of plastic surgery patients are women in their late teens and twenties.

  • like Ahn Min Yung, a 24 year old piano teacher from Seoul.

  • As part of the package, she's having a pre-op photo shoot.

  • Like most of the Grand's customers, her reasons for going under the knife have nothing to do with medical necessity.

  • One of Seoul's most famous surgeons is Ryu Sang Wook, head doctor at Grand plastic surgery.

  • [Knocks]

  • Under Doctor Wook's stewardship, the Grand has gained a reputation as a clinic that can perform the full range of surgeries.

  • This one-stop-shop service has turned it into one of the country's most lucrative.

  • Ahn is just one of many young people who are choosing to go under the knife.

  • Koreans are flocking to plastic surgery clinics like never before.

  • It's even common for parents to buy their children cosmetic operations as high school graduation gifts.

  • For many, the promise of perfection and the pressure to conform are evident in the relentless media and advertising

  • Koreans are bombarded with on a daily basis.

  • In such an image driven consumerist environment, plastic surgery has become a high demand and lucrative industry.

  • And now, it's luring doctors from other fields.

  • More doctors means more surgeries can be done,

  • and clinics are increasingly trying to attract international clients to stay ahead of the pack

  • YK plastic surgery in Gangnam is one of many smaller clinics targeting overseas customers

  • According to its marketing manager, Park Jae-min.

  • In 2013, some 400,000 foreigners came to South Korea for medical tourism,

  • and this number is expected to rise to 1 million by 2020.

  • YK's head doctor, Kim Yong Kyu, says attracting foreign patients is a matter of survival for the clinics.

  • Today, South Korea's reputation leads the world for plastic surgery.

  • Chinese patient, Zhu A Li (I apologize for mispelling it) traveled all the way from Shanghai for an operation in which she feels will improve her looks.

  • To cater for this expanding market, a specially-designed government-funded center is open for foreign medical tourists.

  • Hi, hi. Hey I'm nick

  • This is Natalie. [Nick: Nice to meet you]. This is the place for foreign visitors from all the world to get medical service.

  • This is a very interesting things. It's a kiosk, so

  • visitors come here if you are interesting about their surgery, but you don't know where they need to go

  • So I'll press the button. It shows clinics is specialized for nose plastic surgeries

  • So even location send it to their emails. [Nick: Asks your email from here, ok.]

  • Squared jaw reduction. That's just chopping down the jaw? [Natalie: Yes, yes, exactly]

  • $4,134

  • Is there an age where it's too young for you to let foreign people come for surgery?

  • There's no regulations, no.

  • [Nick: Okay, alright.] For morality, they need to take think about it.

  • [Nick: Oh all the clinics?]

  • Yes, right, okay, okay?

  • It depends on individuals.

  • Okay, this is our experience. [inaudible] If you want to try [Nick: Yes, I'll like to.]

  • Put your forehead here and close your eyes. There's going to [inaudible[. Please close your eyes

  • Is this new technology? [Natalie: Yes, this is brand new and made by Korea.] It's Korean technology.

  • Okay, so all done, okay?

  • How do I look? [Natalie: uhh]

  • You need some time to analyze second please okay?

  • Okay

  • There's pictures for your pores and wrinkles.

  • We usually suggest them if we reduce the winkles with botox.

  • Don't move these muscles and these lines, It's winkles.

  • so this is good indication for filler [inaudible].

  • Generally, I feel your skin is

  • well, it's great. It's not bad. [Nick: Oh, thank you.] Just take care of your winkles

  • Here, plastic surgery seems safe and friendly.

  • But that's not the reality for everyone.

  • Shin Hyun Ho is a lawyer who specializes in prosecuting botched surgeries.

  • He says victims often win cases, but due to Korean laws,

  • compensation payouts are small, compared to countries like the U.S. He believes this makes doctors and clinics more willing to take unnecessary risks.

  • He believes this makes doctors and clinics more willing to take unnecessary risks.

  • Soo Yi Yoon is one plastic surgery client who claims her life has been destroyed by doctor one of Seoul's leading clinics.

  • She had her face and jaw line slimmed down and eyelid correction surgery.

  • So was attracted to her clinic by positive customer reviews online,

  • but these reviews could well have been faked by shady middlemen third party brokers have no medical knowledge of

  • qualifications, and are paid commissions by clinics to entice customers.

  • We managed to contact one of these brokers, but he's extremely cautious.

  • He insists we meet him in a provincial town two hours outside of Seoul and only wants to be interviewed in disguise

  • at night in a backstreet alley.

  • Do you actively try to persuade people who perhaps don't really need plastic surgery to have plastic surgery?

  • Soo was unable to afford a compensation lawyer and now works two jobs

  • In order to pay off the $11,000 in credit card debts for her failed surgery.

  • It's time for Ahn to go under the knife

  • But she remains anxious.

  • It will be 3 or four months before Ahn finds out if this operation gives her the look she wants.

  • But for one 19-year old woman, the quest for beauty has had devastating consequences

  • She was left with severe brain damage after having plastic surgery at the Grand

  • Since we've left Seoul, the Korean association of plastic surgeons have publicly apologized to the woman's family,

  • and expelled 4 of the Grand's doctors after investigating the clinic.

  • The Grand did not respond to our request for comment on the case.

  • It seems the Grand didn't hold the key to Ahn's dreams of beauty either.

  • The hospital told us she wasn't happy that her face didn't look slimmer after recovery.

  • When we tried to contact her for a final interview, she stopped returning our calls

  • With illegal brokers and a spate of malpractice victims, Koreans are paying a higher price for pursuing perfection.

  • Despite the dangers, the rates of plastic surgery keep rising

  • Some fear it's creating a society where nothing matters but beauty.

  • But for others, their perception of what is beautiful has changed forever.

South Korea has the most cosmetically enhanced people on the planet.

字幕と単語

動画の操作 ここで「動画」の調整と「字幕」の表示を設定することができます

B1 中級

形成外科。美しさのコスト|東101 (Plastic Surgery: The Cost of Beauty | 101 East)

  • 5 0
    郭涓汝 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
動画の中の単語