I do have to hand it to Korean plastic surgeons -- their work is beautiful, most of the time incredibly subtle, and absolutely impeccable. A lot of it is probably due to the fact that Korean culture is so obsessive compulsive and they strive for perfection. The only problem is, because everybody gets the same kinds of surgeries, more often then not a lot of people end up looking the same!
The types of surgeries performed in Korea are drastically different, and sometimes even unheard of, here in the States. The most requested procedure is probably the double eyelid surgery. Many Asians are born with single eye lids that can often look "hooded" and make the eyes "chinky." A quick slice and sew up can drastically change the appearance of someone's entire face. This procedure has become so common that most Koreans don't even consider it a plastic surgery -- it's more like getting braces lol. Caucasian people are all born with double eyelids so this surgery is pretty much never performed for them.
|Park Min Young admitted to double eyelid surgery and a nose job -- I'm thinking jaw contouring as well?|
Another popular "surgery" is a fat injection under the eyes. Under eye bags are considered cute in Korea because they cause what are known as "eye smiles" -- crescent shaped eyes when smiling made famous by Lee Hyori. This is so ironic because many American surgeons perform just the opposite -- blepharoplasty -- for the REMOVAL of eye bags!
While in the States a "nose job" usually means a rhinoplasty -- breaking up the cartilage in the nose and reshaping it for a more delicate nose, a nose job in Korea is actually a nose implant. A silicone rod is inserted into the nose for a higher bridge. Koreans are known for their flat faces and features so they covet a sharp and prominent nose.
A tell tale sign is a slight line or outline on the side of the nose bridge where the implant was placed. Also you can ask someone to push/scrunch their nose up into a "pig nose" which is not possible if tip or bridge work was done. Nose implants are so popular that almost any Korean woman would choose this over a breast implant.
|Yoona had a very tasteful/natural nose job|
Also popular is "jaw contouring" surgery. Sounds super scary right? Basically the surgeon will shave down the jaw bone for a slimmer face. This is one of the most dangerous surgeries and most American doctors will refuse to even perform this procedure.
And finally Botox. So this isn't a surgery, but you can bet your bottom dollar that EVERY Korean celebrity gets it -- thus the wrinkle-less grandmas. Models, actors, and pop stars have been known to get Botox as early as 14 years old as a "preventative" measure. Park Min Young admitted to getting Botox injections in her cheeks for her role as Kim Nana in City Hunter in order to have a plumper face.
So I've become pretty accustomed to celebrities and their surgeries -- I mean if it makes them more beautiful, and they have the means, why not? I find it funny when guys say they hate "fake" or "plastic" girls because honestly, how many of them would actually turn down a date with a gorgeous Korean pop star or actress?
But I will say there are a couple examples of surgery gone HORRIBLY wrong. These girls are currently top Korean celebrities, and yet I can't help cringing every time I see their faces. The sad thing is they were naturally beautiful before they ever got work done!
Seo In Young:
Okay so I'm totally biased on this one because my boyfriend dated her. When he told me he went out with a member of Jewelry, I assumed it was Park Jung Ah -- who I think is the most beautiful, talented, and from what I can see has the best personality of the group. But NO -- he had to date the one known for her BOOTY SHAKING and nicknamed "the witch" or "Pinocchio" for her scary nose -- I think she's on her 4th nose job now?? She's also had her eyes done and Botox.
This picture of her when she first debuted looks SO MUCH BETTER. Now THIS I would be jealous of lol!
Oddly enough, IF someone told me I could get plastic surgery to look like any Korean star I would choose Lee Min Jung or Sandara Park -- who both happen to be completely natural (no surgery, but maybe Botox)! They are both 27 years old (same as Park Bom and Seo In Young) and yet they could easily pass for 17! They are so cute and youthful and radiate when they are on screen.
Koreans also seem to have a strange obsession with "lines". All this talk of S lines, V lines, and A lines can get quite confusing and it's often hard to keep up!
The S Line:
The S Line should actually be called the S CURVE because it stands for the curve of a woman's body from the side view. Basically the perfect S would be the chest/ass sticking out and a slim waist.
The V Line:
|Han Ye Seul|
The V Line represents the contour of the lower part of the face. A perfect V Line would be an oval face with a narrow jaw line that curves into a pointy chin in a "V" shape -- thus the popularity of the jaw contouring surgery. There are also many creams and tools to "improve your V line" on the market.
The A Line:
|Kim Sun Ah|
The A Line is the ideal body type for runway models. It is usually a result of good posture and broad shoulders -- Paris Hilton would be a good example. The A Line basically separates the models from the regular ol people.
My boyfriend modeled for a major agency in Korea and he taught me a towel exercise that they used to make all the models perform daily to perfect their "A Lines". He swore that it fixed your posture, and even helped some people "grow" a few inches. I totally didn't believe him until I saw Yoon Baek Hee do it on Dream High lol!
To see more Korean body line descriptions check out: Asianplasticsurgeryguide.com