World-renowned champion figure skater Yuna Kim is loved by many; her South Korean fans adore her so much so that they have dubbed her as “Queen Yuna” – showing how much respect they have for the celebrity athlete. It’s not just her skills, but the fact that she is one of the only celebrities to have never gotten plastic surgery in Korea or elsewhere, ever. It is old news that many Korean celebrities and plastic surgery have had a long-standing secret affair going on for a while now.
For a country with a rate of 13.264 per 1,000 population having gone under the knife, Miss Yuna Kim goes against the grain here. This figure was derived from global plastic surgery statistics, as reported by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2011. That’s not to say that Yuna Kim isn’t blessed with good looks to begin with – she has the kind of eyes that many Asian girls would die for, or at least make them want to undergo the popular 20-minute double eyelid surgery.
While some cringe at the thought of cosmetic surgery, it seems that plastic surgery makes people happy, or at least some people.
In a study by Dr Jurgen Margraf, a Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, the psychological effects of cosmetic surgery was investigated in 550 patients. The results: To begin with. most did not have unrealistic expectations, and there were long-term improvements in their psychological health; they felt less anxious, felt healthier and had developed better self-esteem. They felt attractive.
What does unrealistic expectations mean? Something that goes along the lines of “All my problems will be gone.” Or “I’ll be a completely different, new person!” This is unrealistic because cosmetic surgery has its limitations, and is not the solution to all of our problems. However, we can safely say that cosmetic surgery can help us with feeling more physically attractive.