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This is your chica Jessamine aka @amobigbang here to talk about a serious topic. We all know that looking your best is something very important everywhere, but I'm going to concentrate on Kpop and South Korea. Disclaimer: KpopINT does not promote plastic surgery nor judges those who are considering plastic surgery. There will be a discussion of a controversial topic in this post. Plastic surgery is very popular in South Korean culture and especially in Kpop. Most Kpop stars may get some type of plastic surgery done for personal reasons or career reasons. Many idols do feel the pressure just like regular citizens to look good and even perfect at times to achieve the notion of what is beautiful. When skincare and makeup is not enough they tend to turn to the knife. Even people in other countries come to South Korea to get plastic surgery since South Korea has so many options and awesome plastic surgery surgeons. "Seoul, South Korea, is the plastic surgery capital of the world, with more procedures per capita than any other nation" (2015, Baer). Source
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Before and After Pictures
This is a mixture of some before and after pictures of Kpop stars and regular South Korean citizens who had some type of plastic surgery. When people get plastic surgery you will see the double eyelid or chin/jawline procedure done to give the appearance of wider eyes and that "V" jawline. However, "the most common procedure in Korea is blepharoplasty, or double eyelid surgery. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, it's the most popular plastic surgery operation in the world, with 1.43 million people getting it done in 2014" (2015, Baer).
Double Eyelid Surgery Overview
This operation is very controversial. Some say Asians get this procedure to look more Western or to wash out their beautiful Asian features. While some say they get this surgery to look more youthful and awake. "Critics say that the operation makes patients look "less Asian," while proponents say that it's simply a matter of beauty - bigger eyes equals more attractiveness, essentially" (2015, Baer). Oh and don't think women only seek out this procedure. Men do as well. "Hang-Seok Choi, the director of JK Plastic Surgery, a Seoul-based clinic that sees 10,000 patients a year,and the 20% of his patients that are male" (2015, Baer). Many people may pick this procedure since it is very cheap compare to other procedures and less invasive. The prices range "between $1,000 and $3,000" (2015, Baer).
Double Eyelid Surgery Advertising
Look at how this plastic surgery procedure is advertised. They promote this ad by suggesting it will give you innocent and pure look.
Buzzfeed: Plastic Surgery in South Korea
I wanted to give you a break from reading lol. This video is what inspired me to make this post. These people send their photos to South Korean plastic surgeons to see how these surgeons would alter their faces. Some people were shocked by their results.
This video teaches some plastic surgery Korean vocabulary and speaks about the topic. She speaks about plastic surgery in general in Sout Korea.
Eyelid Surgery History
Now this is where things get deep. I for one did not know this fact until doing some research on the topic. As said earlier some argue that this surgery is to wash out beautiful Asian features and to replace them with Western features. "The double-eyelid surgery was reportedly introduced to South Korea during the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953" and for this critics suggest that this surgery is a is a symbol of white America's history of cultural dominance over South Korea" (2015, Baer). This was a hard pill for me to swallow. No one wants to think that at all. It all started with this surgeon "American plastic surgery pioneer Dr. Ralph Millard, who was stationed in Seoul from 1950 to 1953 to do reconstructive surgery for the war wounded" (2015, Baer). Source says that he concentrated or basically spoke ill of the Asian monolid feature. Even in his reports he said some really racist comments and you can read them by clicking on the source link provided on the first block of this post. Women who married American soldiers and women who were prostitutes who wanted to appeal to American GI's and fit into American society demanded this surgery (2015, Baer).
As I said this topic has two sides. One feels that South Koreans are getting these surgeries especially the double eyelid surgery to look Western. While others just say people get it to look more beautiful or not as tired. People say Koreans reasons are not racial for getting these procedures. Seoul-based plastic surgeon Minhwa Na - says: "I would get serious complaints if I performed the procedure and the Korean patient gets a crease like the one of a Caucasian person. What people want is a natural crease that is suited to Asian faces," she said. "The whole idea that undergoing this surgery is an attempt to look white is absurd" (2015, Baer). Cultural critic Moonwon Lee tells says: "That while people don't personally believe they're trying to look white by getting their eyelids done or other plastic surgeries, they're still moving away from Korean-ness. The big eyes, small faces, and perky noses that are hallmarks of beauty in Korea aren't natural to most Koreans" (2015, Baer). When looking into the manner each side in.my opinion is valid. However, it seems like the surgeons support the more modern less racial argument and the cultural experts lean more so towards the racial or "Western wash" idea. My Thoughts... I feel like people will have different reasons to get any kind of surgery or alteration. Some may get it to look more Western and they may have issues with self hate. However, some may get it because they simply like the look and think it is trendy. Just like having straight hair in America. Some people people of color may straighten their hair to look more "White" due to self hate and others may do it because they like the look or style. At the end of the day who are we to judge? If no one is forcing this idea on you and you may be against it there is nothing to really get upset about. I hope people will love themselves and if they get these procedures it is because they like it as a trend not self hate.
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