China’s cosmetic surgery industry to double in market size by 2019, reaching RMB 800 billion ($116.3 billion), making it the third largest in the world behind the US and Brazil, according to China Association of Plastics and Aesthetics‘s report released in 2015.

The problem is that not many hospitals care about the after care element of plastic surgery. The recovery process after surgery is important, because the patients might have negative side effects, and some do suffer from anxiety. Aiming to fill this niche market, Korean startup CareMind provides recovery assistance service after the plastic surgery by connecting doctors to the patients.

Cosmetic surgery is a huge market in South Korea and China. South Korea, the so-called mecca of cosmetic surgery, enjoyed a boom in Chinese tourists heading to Korea for surgery in 2014. At its peak, Yoonje Shin, CEO and founder of CareMind, used to work as a broker to connect Chinese customers to Korean cosmetic surgery hospitals. Now that this boom to go Korea has cooled, in part due to the MERS outbreak in 2015 and worsening political ties, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Korea has since dwindled.

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Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com