So why does South Korea have the highest ratio of cosmetic surgeons to citizens than anywhere else in the world?
It is reliably estimated that nearly fifty percent of the population have either gone under the knife or would like to at some time and that includes a fair proportion of men. What’s more this trend is growing rapidly in China and Japan.
Popular Cosmetic Procedures
The most popular surgical procedures are to enhance the eyes, known as double eyelid surgery and to straighten and raise noses.
In other words, many beautiful North Eastern Asian women want to look more like Western women with rounder eyes a more oblong rather than the heart shape to their faces, having straighter noses and leaner but more voluptuous bodies.
One answer is that the exposure to western fashion magazines, TV shows, films et al which overwhelmingly feature western style beauties that is suffered throughout the region encourages women to conform to white standards of perceived beauty.
South Korean pop culture has become very popular throughout Japan and China with Korean pop music diva Boa Kwon leading the way.
She is known to have had eyelid surgery and her nose heightened and consequently this has inspired many Korean and other North Eastern Asian girls that it is ´cool´ to go under the knife to look more Western.
Perhaps the most telling reason of all for this popular desire for cosmetic surgery enhancement is the conception that embracing the Western idea of beauty is a good career move.
The work ethos of Koreans, Japanese and Chinese is the envy of the world, is it any wonder then that undergoing cosmetic surgery as a means to obtaining a better job or a promotion has become so popular.
Whatever the reasons it is to be regretted that so many Korean women have exchanged their natural and attractive features for a synthetic beauty.