South Korea’s Obsession With Plastic Surgery

Before and after: One South Korean women’s makeover thanks to plastic surgery. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Before and after: One South Korean women’s makeover thanks to plastic surgery. (Screenshot/YouTube)

My Asian-American wife asked me if she should get plastic surgery on her eyes. I replied with a stern “no.”

So she told me to check out this YouTube video showcasing plastic surgery in South Korea to prove that what she wants is nothing in comparison.

It is amazing but I still said “no”, she doesn’t need it.

The video shows a compilation of before and after images. I must admit that the post-surgery photos, at times, are a far cry from what the person looked like before. See the video here:

My wife tells me this is becoming routine now in South Korea and that there is no stigma attached to it there.

In fact, South Korea is ranked fourth on the list of total plastic surgery procedures worldwide, falling behind the U.S., Brazil and Japan says Business Insider.

However, South Korea has the highest ratio of procedures per capita with 20 procedures per 1,000 people compared to the U.S. with 13 procedures per 1,000 people.

The demand for plastic surgery is high among young Korean girls and boys. There is a growing trend to have the surgery done in their late teens or 20s.

Common plastic surgery procedures include: double eyelid surgery (an estimated 1 in 5 women in Seoul have this procedure), v-line jaw reduction (the aim is to have a face shaped like a V), epicanthoplasty (eye-widening), rhinoplasty (Asians prefer to have a prominent bridge nose), forehead augmentation, chin augmentation, hair transplant, and teeth capping.

The plastic surgery industry in South Korea attracts Asians from neighboring countries as well. South Korean plastic surgeon’s expertise and familiarity with Asian looks are coveted. That video above is a good indication of their skills but as for my wife, well, she looks just fine as nature intended.

See a 16 minute documentary below on how South Korea’s youth are turning to surgery in an attempt to look like pop-stars:

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