By Chris Backe
Located on the second floor of a fifteen-story building dedicated to plastic surgery of all kinds, the ’museum’ is essentially an extension to the waiting room. Since the hospital serves international patients as well as locals, virtually every exhibit has more than enough English to go around.
The dozens of panels lining the walls simultaneously inform and amuse. While they aim to explain how a given procedure is performed, some also show the ’ideal’ nose, or the ’ideal’ proportions one can have through the doctor’s skills. Part of me wondered who determined these ’ideals’, of course.
One highlight - a pile of bones left behind after jaw reduction surgery leaves behind the piece of bone that was cut off. Yes, these looked like real bones, and they looked really odd. On one hand I don't see too many people asking the doctor for their removed jaw bone back, but why it isn't disposed of with the rest of the medical waste is beyond me.
And then it’s time for the breast augmentations - silicone or saline? Whatever your gender, you know you've wanted to do a hands-on comparison, and this may be the easiest (or least creepy way) to do it. Don't focus on the appearance here, by the way. Some fun mirrors round out the exhibits.
Even with the area taking up the majority of the floor, you'll be finished in 15-20 minutes - it’s worth a quick stop if you're looking to kill a little time. It's far from an extensive look at the industry, but it's an oddball site that's lesser known - and within a few meters from a Seoul subway station.