Hang Mioku, a 48 year-old woman from South Korea, became so addicted to plastic surgery that she was left unrecognizable after her obsession led her to inject cooking oil into her face. She became one of the most famous cases of awful plastic surgery gone wrong.
She had her first plastic surgery procedure when she was 28. Following operation after operation, her face was eventually left enlarged and disfigured, and the surgeons she visited refused to carry out any more work on her and one suggested that her obsession could be a sign of a psychological disorder. Hang resorted to injecting cooking oil into her face. It became so grotesquely large that she was called “standing fan” by children in her neighborhood – due to her large face and small body.
As Hang’s notoriety spread she was featured on Korean TV. Viewers seeing the report took pity on her and sent in enough donations to enable her to have surgery to reduce the size of her face. During the first procedure surgeons removed 60g of foreign substance from Hang’s face and 200g from her neck. After several other surgeries her face was left greatly reduced but still scarred and disfigured, a true challenge for Korean plastic surgery.