Who Else Wants to See This Korean Plastic Surgery Documentary Completed?

Written by Seoul TouchUp on . Posted in Korean Plastic Surgery

Take a look at some of the latest plastic surgery statistics, and you’ll find South Korea to be at the top of the list. Korean plastic surgery is huge in Asia, but if you’ve ever wondered why that is, you might want to check out this very insightful documentary. It’s not a Korean Plastic Surgery Documentary per se, but it has everything to do with the South Korean youth’s way of life, their culture and beauty standards.

On television, Korean celebrities and idols sport a similar look: large, lidded eyes, fair skin, a defined nose and a slim figure. It’s just become the norm now, so much so that locals as young as elementary-school aged children choose to get DIY cosmetic surgery in Korea – an inexpensive but dubious alternative.

But it can’t be helped really. We’re naturally attracted to what is familiar, because familiarity increases liking. As you know, how we look in the mirror is not actually how others see us! It is a reversed image of how we actually are. When you take a picture and the end result is automatically flipped by your phone or camera, you might have been horrified, “Who is this weirdo?” you might have thought.

Sometimes we look weird in pictures, because we’re not used to seeing ourselves this way. We’re used to seeing the one in the mirror. The same thing happens when you listen to a recording of your own voice!

What did you think of the preview of this documentary?  Would you want to see it completed?

How The Best Plastic Surgeon in Korea Can Make Your Passport Photos Worthless

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best-plastic-surgeon-in-koreaRecent Korean plastic surgery statistics show that more Chinese than Americans enter the country for beauty purposes. There were 32,503 tourists that had come from China back in 2012, and in 2009, there were more Japanese tourists. All of them were on a search for the best plastic surgeon in Korea who could meet their needs.
With some of the best plastic surgeons in Korea, it’s really not a big surprise what would have come next: women from China and Japan, who make up a large portion of expats seeking medical treatments in South Korea, are not able to re-enter their home countries after surgery. As reported by Kotaku, custom officials are very strict and efficient in making sure that people match the photo in their passport. In a way, this is all thanks to the surgeons for doing an excellent job!

Fortunately, as also reported, some hospitals are now issuing a document, a “plastic surgery certificate” as proof. This certificate includes the patient’s passport number, the length of their stay, the name and location of the hospital and the hospital’s official seal. This practice has been done for the last three years, but has increased with the soaring number of travellers coming into Korea.

Why has there been so many Chinese tourists coming into Korea for surgery?

According to Kotaku, “It comes from the mistrust of the system entrenched in their psyche,” to quote surgeon Park Byong-choon, “Chinese parents come to Korea even for childbirth. The death of a young singer under a Chinese cosmetic surgeon’s knife a few years ago makes people think twice about doing it at home.”

For anyone who will be getting cosmetic surgery in Korea, you might want to keep this in mind and request an official document!


3 Telltale Signs of a Korean Plastic Surgery Addict

Written by Chelsea Kim on . Posted in Korean Plastic Surgery

In the hustle and bustle of our everyday 21st century life, we don’t really take notice of the potential dangers of our selfie-loaded culture. But obsession with self-image can indeed become a problem, as in a rather recent case where a British teenager reportedly tried to kill himself because he wasn’t satisfied with the quality of his selfies. This is why some people choose to opt for cosmetic surgery, but even then it could still be a problem!

As highlighted in the 3 lessons to learn from extreme plastic surgery in Korea that went wrong, Hang Mioku, a former Korean model is a good example here: she was perpetually dissatisfied with her looks and after being low on funds, made the unwise decision of injecting herself with cooking oil. She was a plastic surgery addict. According to plastic surgery statistics, South Korea is said to be the most cosmetically enhanced in the world, with plastic surgeons that are 1.7 times more experienced than Taiwan, 6.9 times more than Thailand and 17 times more than China.

Even with some of the best plastic surgeons in Korea, this cannot fully protect plastic surgery addicts from themselves. There have been countless of cases where after feeling dissatisfied with their looks, teens to adults have killed themselves.

If you know someone who is keen on cosmetic surgery, a sensitive soul and image-conscious, you’ll want to keep an eye out on the 3 signs of a Korean plastic surgery addict – just in case.

Sign # 1:
Obsessive, Compulsive and Image-conscious
Does the person worry too much about their looks? Everyone worries about how they look to others at some point, but they don’t check their little compact mirror for the thousandth time in a day,or compulsively taking a million selfies in a single day, before crying their eyes out at every single picture — lamenting on how ugly they think they look.

But in reality, they’re not a Frankenstein-zombie hideous monster that they make themselves out to be.

Sign #2:
How far do they go in their pursuit for the ideal image?
Are they spending all their resources such as money, time and energy on cosmetic surgery purposes? Do they eat instant ramen noodles 24/7 for months on end, miss out on work or skip out on school often? Simply put, is their mental, emotional and physical health deteriorating in their pursuit of the ideal image?

This is unfortunate. All we got is the present moment, really. Cosmetic surgery is a means to an end, but when people forget about the importance of the process, the journey itself, life itself can be hell. There is a difference between saving up for a nose job, and forsaking everything you are and have right now, for a nose job that will be done in a year.

Step #3:
Reacting Aggressively and Violently to Help

Okay, so you may know someone who may be an addict, based on the first two signs. Maybe you’ve tried to butt in and tell them that maybe they’ve gone too far. Do they react violently to you? Violence is not always physical, it can be emotional too. Marshall Rosenberg, a psychologist and author of the book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, had once said, “All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.”

As cliché as the old saying goes, to give out love, a person has to first learn to love themselves.

Now, look at her:

korean plastic surgery addict
Even though she’s overweight and not considered to be a “conventional beauty”, she gives out an air of confidence. Are those gym clothes? Wow, someone’s been working hard!

Personality is just as attractive, if not more attractive than looks. I mean sure, people probably tease her from time to time. But she looks relaxed, as though she has acknowledged and accepted her flaws. More importantly, she knows that she has the power to change for the better. So, who cares what anyone else has to say?

Seoul to Limit Ads After Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong in Korea

Written by Chelsea Kim on . Posted in Korean Plastic Surgery

plastic surgery gone wrong in koreaIf you have ever stepped into the Gangnam district of Seoul, you will notice South Korea’s peculiarly beauty-driven culture; at the heart of the affluent district, hundreds of cosmetic surgery clinics can be found; half of all advertisements are promotions for various kinds of surgeries, nips and tucks.

A glance through plastic surgery statistics and it’ll tell you that South Korea is the most cosmetically-enhanced country in the world.

This can be a bit disconcerting for those who are not used to such an image-driven culture, one that has a narrow standard of beauty, but, beauty nonetheless.

Why is it beautiful nonetheless? Most people will tell you that they find larger, double-lidded eyes, fair skin and neotenous features to be desirable. We are hard-wired to coo and adore babies – why is it surprising that we find baby-looking faces attractive as well?

However, after tragic cases where surgery had gone wrong, the locals have urged Seoul to limit plastic surgery ads. Due to these growing complaints, Seoul has now set restrictions: only but 20% of all advertising placed in public transportation areas can be connected to cosmetic surgery.

“Many people complained these ads make people, including youngsters, believe that plastic surgery can be done so easily,” city council official Lee Chang-Min had said.

According to Channel News Asia, “Earlier this month a 34-year-old woman died of asphyxiation while having surgery on her nose and a man in his 30s died three days after undergoing a procedure on his jawbone.”

It is unfortunate that such matters happen, which makes it doubly important to find the best plastic surgeons in Korea – only those that are board-certified, professional and ethical.

With all that said, there are 3 lessons to be learn from extreme plastic surgery in Korea that went wrong:

  • Knowing your limits: The story of Hang Mioku is one fine example. The ex-model did not know her limits; she injected cooking oil into herself when she was not able to get a proper procedure done, which caused her fatal accident that had left her severely disfigured.
  • Risking it with a relatively new fad: Compared to other procedures that have been around for a much longer time, procedures like jawline surgery may still be risky business.
  • Cheap comes at a price: Any experienced and ethical professional won’t be charging insanely low rates.

Perhaps if more cases of plastic surgery gone wrong in Korea were to happen, Seoul may have to further limit its ads connected to plastic surgery. Who knows, really? Leave a comment below if you think this is bound to happen. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

How Much is Plastic Surgery in Korea for Wealthy Chinese?

Written by Chelsea Kim on . Posted in Korean Plastic Surgery

how much is plastic surgery in korea for the wealthy chineseSouth Korea is said to be the most cosmetically enhanced country, and its plastic surgeons are 17 times more experienced than that of China, according to plastic surgery statistics.

Now, according to South Korea medical tourism in 2012: more Chinese than Americans enter the country for beauty purposes, and the appeal is even higher by the fact that wealthy Chinese visitors are getting perks. How much is plastic surgery in Korea for the wealthy Chinese?

We’re not entirely sure, but as reported by The Korea Times, “Wealthy Chinese tourists coming to Korea will gain multiple-entry visas, exclusive immigration services at the airport, discounts for shopping and many other benefits, if they hold a debit card issued by Woori Bank, according to the bank and related ministries.”

How wealthy are we talking about?

“Chinese citizens eligible for the cards are those who have more than 50 million won deposited at Woori Bank’s local branches. Those who have purchased items worth over $30,000 in Korea over the last five years or other VIPs, such as high-ranking officials or celebrities, can have the card issued as well if approved by the justice ministry and Korea’s financial authorities.”

Here comes the highlight, “Discounts are also available at hospitals because a growing number of Chinese receive medical services in Korea, including plastic surgery.”

Last year, a total of 4.32 million Chinese visitors had entered Korea – an increase of 52.5 percent from the year before. The total number of Chinese visitors has exceeded the Japanese, as well as Americans. With the popularity of procedures like double eyelid surgery, and the strong K-POP fan-base that plays a part in South Korea’s cosmetic surgery industry, the rate of visitors will not be dying down anytime soon.