Korean Pop Stars and Plastic Surgery
If you thought that plastic surgery was solely an American phenomenon centered on rich people in Hollywood, you’d be very wrong. Statistically, South Korean women are four times more likely to have some sort of cosmetic surgery than American women are. In fact, Seoul is sometimes referred to as the plastic surgery capital of the world. The South Korean obsession with cosmetic surgery is incredibly apparent in the Kpop scene. South Korean pop artists are comparing their own beauty to the western idea of beauty. Kpop plastic surgery isn’t limited just to women, quite a few men have also had some form of facial construction done to them. Here are a few procedures becoming increasingly common amongst Kpop artists.
Kpop plastic surgery isn’t targeting a youthful rejuvenation, but a complete change in facial structure to look more European or American. One way in which this happens is by altering the cheeks. South Koreans typically have more round shaped faces, and plastic surgery procedures attempt to give their face a wider look by adjusting their cheeks.
Eyelid surgery is one of the most common procedures done in South Korea. The goal is simply to make the eyes appear bigger and round.
Another procedure that South Korean Kpop artists have been using is known as V-line surgery. This process involves breaking the jaw bone to create a more V shaped face. Some Kpop stars undergo this procedure to get a childlike face that resembles something from anime. It’s a painful process that involves wiring the jaw completely shut for a time and takes months to fully recover.
Cosmetic surgery is becoming so huge in South Korea that the term medical tourism has been coined due to the influx of people headed to the small island just to receive some of their special procedures.