April 01, 2023 08:14
The plastic-surgery boom in lockdown has led to more malpractice and lawsuits over botched jobs.
Damage claims over cosmetic procedures lodged with the Korea Consumer Agency increased 11 percent over the last three years, from 682 cases in 2019 to 757 last year. Complaints about botched skin treatments alone surged 61 percent from 150 to 241, and that is probably only the tip of the iceberg.
Some Koreans who continue to wear masks may have reasons other than protection from COVID.
One 44-year-old who runs a pub in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province is suing a plastic surgery clinic. He paid around W10 million last year to have a plastic surgeon in southern Seoul smooth out wrinkles on his face (US$1=W1,302).
But his mouth and other parts of his face became numb and he became unable to control some of his facial muscles. He returned for remedial surgery, but his condition did not improve, and he had to go to hospital. "I wanted to look younger by the time I could take my mask off, but now I regret my choice," he said.
Kim Min-kyung at a law firm in Seoul that handles medical malpractice suits said, "More people hoped to look better once they could show their faces again, but in many cases that went wrong and now they’re taking legal steps."
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