South Korea’s creazy about cosmetic surgery
many South Koreans have been getting cosmetic surgery to look what they want
Over time, we’ve seen that cosmetic surgery has become more and more popular, but in South Korea, it has skyrocketed during the past several years.
South Korea is currently one of the top countries in cosmetic surgeries. The most popular one is the double-eyelid surgery. The double-eyelid is the crease that forms when opening the eyes, in between the eyebrow and the eyelashes. A lot of Asians don’t have double-eyelids and consequently it’s what a lot of them want to have whether it’s to look more Western or more doll-like.
The double-eyelid surgery procedure consists in puncturing small holes where the double-eyelid or crease is going to be, so the when opening the eyes, the skin folds, making the eyes look bigger. After this, the surgeon stitches the holes. The procedure takes around 30-40 minutes, allowing the patient to go home on the same day. A few days later, the patient comes back to get the stitches removed. The surprising thing is that cosmetic surgeries in South Korea are pretty cheap. In America, these surgeries can range from $2,500 to $4,000 while in South Korea it is possible to get 2 types of surgeries done with less than $2,000.
The plastic surgery industry made $5 trillion in 2014 in South Korea alone, 16% of the world’s total percentage of procedures performed in 2014(source: The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery).
It is believed that this craze started as a form of admiration for K-Pop celebrities. These celebrities are perceived as perfect, doll-like human beings. Melodious singing voices, on-point dance moves, colourful personalities, and of course, pretty faces is what it takes to be a K-Pop star.
Another theory of this phenomenon is based on South Korea’s image-centric society, where even subway stations have advertisements for cosmetic surgery clinics. These surgeries are so common, that a lot of parents award their sons and daughters on achievements such as straight A’s or graduations with cosmetic surgeries. The pressure of always looking good is alarming. There are mirrors everywhere, even in subway stations as well. Some people carry pocket-sized mirrors, put them in their desks and they look at themselves while they work. A good-looking picture for your résumé is a must for getting the job of your dreams.
Another surprising fact is that in South Korea, cosmetic surgery is considered normal and has a positive connotation. In the Western world, we view this form of plastic surgery with a negative connotation because of the word “plastic”. We associate plastic with something that’s fake, whereas in South Korea, it’s called “reforming surgery”(??), meaning that something in need of repairing is fixed.
A major issue that arises with this tendency is that a lot of people go for the same look. Big eyes, v-shaped jawline, and a higher and smaller nose is the face everyone seems to be going for. A society that’s so advanced like South Korea has me wondering if this will be the future for other countries too. What do you think?
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