People in Singapore eager to look like K-pop stars are such an enticing business prospect for South Korean plastic surgeons that clinics are arranging free online consultations and flying doctors here to meet potential clients.
But there is a wrinkle in the arrangements. The doctors who are seeing patients here are not registered with the Singapore Medical Council to practise here, and should therefore not be consulting patients.
Yet The Sunday Times found three South Korean plastic surgery outfits which have been conducting either face-to-face or online sessions with potential clients.
Dr Kim Byung Gun, a director of BK Plastic Surgery – the biggest plastic surgery outfit in South Korea with a 15-storey building in Seoul – comes to Singapore every two months to see potential patients in a meeting room at Orchard Scotts Residences.