High Demand Creates Black Market for Cosmetic Surgery in North Korea

South Korea is often called the plastic surgery capital of the world. Business Insider recently published an article that suggested as many as half of South Korea’s female population between 19 and 29 have undergone the knife for cosmetic reasons, and the procedures have attracted large numbers of women from around Asia.

Now, their sisters in the North are also getting in on the act, as cosmetic procedures in North Korea, where they are banned, are on the rise, sources say.

“Plastic surgery has been popular among women living in Pyongyang for quite some time, but now it is becoming a national trend,” a source in Ranggang Province told RFA’s Korean Service.

Read the full story: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/korea/NKPlasticSurgery-10262018134816.html

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