Four out of 10 plastic surgery clinics are based in the Gangnam district, data showed Wednesday.
About 540 cosmetic surgeons had opened up clinics in the affluent area as of the end of last year, according to a report by the Korean Medical Association. The area in question is roughly equivalent to the size of eight football fields.
The majority of 1,245 self-employed plastic surgeons set up their business in large cities, with 80 percent of them located in metropolitan areas like Busan, Daegu and Incheon. Almost 60 percent were based in Seoul.
Seocho-gu turned out to have the second-largest number of clinics in Seoul, though amounting to just 20 percent of the number in Gangnam-gu.
The report said plastic surgery clinics tended to prefer a certain district in a large city and flock together, apparently aiming to take advantage of the synergistic effect of clustering.
In Busan, 7 out of 9 plastic surgery clinics were concentrated in Busanjin-gu, with other cities such as Daegu and Daejeon showing similar patterns.
By Suh Ye-seul (firstname.lastname@example.org)