A South Korean plastic surgeon faces a fine after building “bone towers” in his Gangnam district clinic filled with jawbone shards from hundreds of patients, a local official said on Thursday.
The 60-centimetre-tall glass structures were filled with jawbone parts removed during surgery, said the official at the Gangnam district office in Seoul.
The clinic specialises in jaw procedures, which are very popular in South Korea, especially among women aspiring to a thinner facial look with a V-shaped chin.
A photo of the “bone towers” posted on the clinic's website was removed after it went viral on the Internet, drawing a storm of online criticism.
“This is the most gross, disgusting image I've seen in recent memory,” tweeted @dadaibadi.
The local official said it also contravened regulations requiring the disposal and incineration of body parts removed in medical procedures.
“We visited the clinic after some people filed complaints and plan to slap a fine of three million won (almost $3 000),” the official, who declined to be identified, told AFP.
“Plus it does look unseemly,” said the official, who added that the clinic had now removed the twin structures.
Nobody at the clinic was immediately available for comment.
The upscale Gangnam district - made famous by South Korean singer Psy's global hit Gangnam Style - is home to high-end stores and apartments as well as hundreds of plastic surgery clinics.
Looks-obsessed South Korea is famed for its vast plastic surgery industry that incorporates radical procedures including double-jaw surgery for purely cosmetic reasons. - Sapa-AFP