Transcript for Seoul, a Plastic Surgery Tourism Hot Spot
Cc1 Test message Test Text1 UND Good evening, and thank you for joining us. Tonight we're about to take you to the place where hundreds of thousands come every year for a tempting bargain. But is it really worth it? You're about to meet a woman who flew 6,000 milines to get what she really wants, but is it worth it? If plastic surgery had a Mecca, it would be the ritzy district of South Korea. Everywhere you look there are women seemingly trying to look like the plastic doll-like plastic people here. Thousands travel to Korea from all over the globe to go under the knife. I think the results would be here in Korea because they know the asian face better. Reporter: The plastic surgeons in Korea are regarded as among the best in the world that attracts clients like this lady. She is getting ready to head to Seoul for her own plastic surgery over shaul. Just recently I had my nose done by a Beverly hills plastic surgeon but it is still not what I'm looking for. I went to a famous doctor and spent $8,000. In South Korea it is anywhere from two to 4 or $5,000, so it is significantly cheaper and I think the results will be better. Reporter: She consults the leading clinic in South Korea, led by this leading surgeon. Tell me what you don't like about yourself. I definitely think my forehead could use some rounding out, my eyes could be a little more extended so that they're longer and bigger and not so slanted upwards, you can correct my rhinoplasty, and also lip injection and my chin. But my personality is a-okay. Reporter: She makes final preparations, heading to Seoul. Five-star service at every turn. Upon landing, she is greeted by an attendant, and taken away in a gleaming rolls Royce. That evening, Jessica settles into her luxurious accommodations. So this is my room. Reporter: Oh, wow. Not bad, right? This is like a living room area space, they have 24-hour staff so if I have a medical issue. Reporter: This is on staff? Yes. Reporter: So how much are we talking about? It is a down payment on a house. But if I done it in America it would be two houses. Reporter: But does it occur to you you're trying to fix something that is not on the outside, but on the inside? So if I can be completely candid, I was married to an abusive man who actually caused some of my facial problems. He went to prison, I divorced him and went into years of depression, and just unhealthy eating and not taking good care of myself. Reporter: And so fixing your jaw also has deep meaning for you? It does, it kind of helps with the old wounds that sort of set in. It is not just on the outside, it feels like I'm shedding my old skin, leaving a lot of B baggage behind. Reporter: Despite her deep desire to have the surgery done, the reality kicks in the morning of the procedure. Jessica's fear is palpable. Don't get nervous. Okay. Say a little prayer for me. This is the last time I'm going to see my face looking like this. Face-off. Reporter: Her many doctors make their final markings where the incisions will take place. I might hit on this doctor. I can understand. Snuck up on me! Are we starting now? Yes. We're starting? Yes. Okay, Jesus loves everybody. Signing off. Reporter: Soon, Jessica is out cold and the extensive multi-part surgery begins. Jessica is having her nose redone. Her jaw contoured, her eyes enlarged and fat grafted from her stomach to her forehead. Next, Jessica is undergoing her own nose surgery and jaw line slimming. Between them, the two women well indure nearly ten hours on the operating table and nearly six different procedures. After the surgeries, Jessica and Christina are recovering in twin beds, both are in excruciating pain. I can't even describe the pain, at nighttime without the pills I constantly feel this like knife cutting through my bones. And I can't say anything, because my mouth is open and I'm drooling. And I have cotton in my nose. All the beauty, all for what. Reporter: You wouldn't do it again? Never, never. Never. Reporter: Even if you think you look great? No, no, no never. Like I would just learn to live with myself. Like I wasn't like hideous. After going through this I don't want to hurt anymore. I can live with it for 20 years. If I knew what I had to go through ahead of time there is no way I would be able to go through it again. There is no way in hell. Like going through this is so hard. I feel like I'm sinned. I just feel like I've sinned. And this is so different from what I thought during my interview, and I just came here, and god said why did you do this? I made you so perfect. That is just the voice I kept hearing. Reporter: Over the course of the next few days and months? Hi, today is day two of my surgery. Reporter: Jessica documents her recovery by flip cam. Day three, you think the worse has passed. Day six, my swelling has gone down, maybe god heard all of my prayers of anguish. I just boarded my flight. Everybody can tell I just had surgery, but other than that, I'm okay. Reporter: And if the pain goes away, her extreme regret goes away, as well. Hi, guys it is me, post surgery, still a little stiffer, other than that, feeling great. I look better now. Reporter: Back on the other side of the world it has been three months since Christina lay in her hospital bed in unbearable pain. It hurt me so much, I couldn't even swallow my own saliva, I couldn't even drink or eat, it was the worst experience ever. Reporter: But was it worth it? I would tell my friends if they don't have a problem living with their faces I would tell them not to do it. Reporter: As for Jessica, three months after the surgery the pain she suffered in that hospital bed seems worlds away. I love it. I feel softer. I feel more feminine. I have to say this, Koreans are perfectionist, they perfected a nose that an American doctor just messed up. Lord have mercy it is just beautiful. Reporter: But to some what seems so superficial is not so superficial at all. It is just a reflection of the transformation being in an abusive marriage, it is not so shallow as it seems. I'm meeting the world with a fresh face, same firecracker personality but a new outlook on life.
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