Alright, this is a touchy subject so I want to make a disclaimer:
I am the kind of person that will never get plastic surgery, but I will not shame people who do for reasons below.
Korea is the plastic surgery capital of Asia (actually, probably the world). I'm going to highlight the pros and cons in my opinion, but I'd love you all to chime in in the comment section below!
Here we go:
The Good Side of Plastic Surgery
Brown Eyed Girls - Plastic Face
This brings up a pretty valid point...don't be ashamed of your plastic surgery if it gave you confidence. With that confidence your inner beauty can finally shine.
Some people need an extra push to help them be proud of themselves, and no one should shame them for it. If you're strong enough to be confident and fiercely yourself without an surgery that's awesome! But it is no one's place to tell some one else what to do with their bodies.
The Bad Side
Okay, so plastic surgery can give people self-confidence which is great, but it's a vicious cycle when it creates ridiculous beauty standards.
Take female idols for example:
Whatever that they're plastic,
What bothers me is that they are often considered the most beautiful celebrities in Korea. They are what K-entertainment is telling the world a beautiful Korean girl should be - and it's just not naturally possible.
Be OPEN about the fact that you had work done and stop telling the world that this look was achieved through diet or puberty or makeup. Let's be HONEST.
Male Celebrities too:
Sure, they look great and they're confident and they're also for the most part awesome people on the inside too, but it's creating a culture of impossible beauty standards. No one is going to come out of the womb looking this good without some medical help.
*shout out to Gwanghee for being super open about his plastic surgery!*
More and more, celebrities are either turning to very natural looking plastic surgery (as opposed to the older very obvious style) The trend now is plumping or shaving here and there rather than completely reconstructing bones (for example, Baekhyun uses chemicals to eat away the fat at his jawline to make his jawline sharper rather than getting surgery to cut away his jaw)
It's still creating impossible beauty standards, but idols will hold onto their general look more.
When AKMU signed with YG they made a strict "no plastic surgery" clause in their contract so that the agency couldn't force them to change their faces.
I hope that more artists and companies continue this trend.
I am not bashing plastic surgery and the people that get it, it's your body, you do what you want with it. BUT I am upset about the culture it creates and the beauty standards young people have to deal with.
I'm not saying Korean youth are weak and susceptible to the entertainment industry's tricks but... WE'RE ALL WEAK AND SUSCEPTIBLE. Even if we deny it or truly believe we aren't affected, we are all affected in some small way.