Meet Xiahn Nishi. After studying in South Korea for a year, this 25-year-old, formerly blond, blue-eyed Brazilian underwent 10 operations to look more like the locals. Three thousand dollars later (that’s a plastic surgery bargain by American standards) the young man formerly known as “Max” now has the same “Asian” facial features that, hilariously, those locals spend about the same amount of money trying to get rid of.
South Koreans, you see, undergo more cosmetic procedures than, well, Brazilians—or anyone else. One in five women in Seoul has gone under the knife, compared to America’s one-in-20 figure. Frankly, it’s easy to see why. Korean surgeons have somehow managed to fracture the Project Management Triangle: their lucky clients can get it cheap, fast, and good.
So good, in fact, that some medical tourists need new ID to get back into their own countries, and even the anti-lookists at Jezebel admit they “Can’t Stop Staring at These South Korean Women Who’ve Had Plastic Surgery.” (Seriously: you won’t be able to, either.)