January 09, 2021 08:16
Plastic surgery and dental clinics are benefiting from the coronavirus epidemic as more people have time to worry about and fix their appearance.
Although there are no Chinese tourists visiting Korea for plastic surgery, clinics are busier than ever as Koreans take up the slack.
In the past many people used the long holidays or the lull after university entrance exams to have plastic surgery, but in lockdown the trade booms year-round.
A 24-year-old jobseeker who had her eyes done in October last year had to wait 10 days for a slot even though it was not peak season.
"I'm not the only person who thought of having plastic surgery while I couldn't go out anyway due to coronavirus," she said.
Dental treatment has also grown more popular as unsightly braces are masked a lot of the time. A 21-year-old college student who started wearing braces last September said, "People don't know I wear braces because a mask covers my mouth."
Revenues are increasing apace. Sales at plastic surgery clinics rose 10 percent from January to October last year on-year, according to Hana Bank.
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