More Koreans Going Under the Knife for a “Western” Look


A fascinating collection of Korean plastic surgery has quickly been gaining traction online. Asian news source released “31 Startling Images of Plastic Surgery in Korea,” showing shocking before and after pictures of extreme cosmetic surgery makeovers. It’s no secret that South Koreans are becoming increasingly fond of plastic surgery. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) polled 20,000 licensed plastic surgeons around the globe and found that South Koreans are the most likely to go under the knife, as the country led the world in both invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures in 2011.

But are some taking it too far? Judging from the images in the news story, many are seeing a trend of more and more people wishing to trade the distinctive characteristics of their origin for more “Western” features. These requests are coming from all social classes, but are particularly popular with those wishing to emigrate. Many of these individuals are influenced by Western models, and many others believe a more “American” look could lead to a better job, higher salary, or even a more prestigious social circle.

For South Koreans, eyelid lift surgery is extremely popular, with nose reshaping being the most popular form of plastic surgery. Another very common request is skin lightening, as many believe the media has emphasized lighter skin with higher levels of success and attractiveness. It has become a moral issue for many doctors, and as Professor Mario Dini, Director of the School of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery at the University of Florence, told, “[If] a surgeon indulged all the requests he got, the results would be dissatisfaction and disappointment.”

Cultural, societal and political factors influence the trend of plastic surgery worldwide. In the end, it is up to the doctors to maintain their integrity and ensure all prospective patients are fit to undergo surgery. For more information about Dr. Barr, board-certified plastic surgeon in West Palm Beach, call (561)-833-4122 today.

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