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Plastic Surgery Patients' Passport Hassle at Customs

Plastic Surgery Patients' Passport Hassle at Customs

Plastic surgery patients faced a hassle after returning from surgery abroad. Customs officials said the women didn’t resemble their passport photos.

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A group of Asian women were stopped by custom officials when they tried to reenter their country after undergoing plastic surgery abroad. The officials thought the women didn’t look like their passport photos.

And they probably didn’t. Turns out that all 23 women, ranging in age from 36 to 54, had undergone extensive facial cosmetic surgery. The China Daily reported that none of the new faces matched the old photos.

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Every woman in the group had gone to Seoul, South Korea, to get a higher nose, a slimmer chin and larger eyes. They’d arrived at the airport wearing hats and sunglasses, and when they removed them, they revealed bandages and stitches.

Officers spent several minutes with each woman, comparing her to her photo. After they confirmed the women were who they said they were, officers asked them to change their passport pictures.

Shanghai Art Cosmetic and Aesthetic Surgery general manager Liu Chunlong said he’s now seeing many more cosmetic surgery customers than ever. Many patients want these facial changes, he said, to help them in the job market or in their marriages.

This report gels with recent statistics showing the jobless rate in China to be at 10 percent. At the same time, cosmetic surgery rates are rising. It’s also true that Chinese labor laws don’t forbid discrimination based on how the applicant looks. And some Chinese personnel services firms have posted job ads that actually include physical requirements.

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