Plastic Surgery in Korea – A Common Gift

Women Before and After looks after Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery in Korea – A Common Gift

Seoul, Korea is one of the major plastic surgery capitals in the world. Indeed, getting plastic surgery in Korea is as normal as teens getting their driver’s license in the States. How would you feel if you received plastic surgery as a graduation present? Would you be offended or delighted? Well for most teens in Korea, this is a very common graduation present given to them by their loved ones.

Patricia Marx, a contributor for the New Yorker, wrote a compelling article that explores the normality of the Korean plastic surgery industry in the lives of many Koreans in the article linked below:


Why is South Korea the world’s plastic surgery capital?

If you want to feel bad about your looks, spend some time in Seoul. An eerily high number of women there—and men, too—look like anime princesses. Subway riders primp in front of full-length mirrors installed throughout the stations for that purpose. Job applicants are typically required to attach photographs to their résumés. Remarks from relatives, such as “You would be a lot prettier if you just had your jaw tapered,” are considered no more insulting than “You’d get a lot more for your apartment if you redid the kitchen.

 South Koreans do not merely brood about their physiognomy. They put their money where their mouths—and eyes and noses—used to be. By some estimates, the country has the highest rate of plastic surgery per capita in the world. Read more…

Now that we have explored the normality of plastic surgery in Korea, let’s explore the “why” more. Most people decide to have plastic surgery either to improve their self-esteem or for an external motivator; such as landing a better job. Finding a job can be very competitive in South Korea. Due to the competitive job market, many Koreans have to present themselves as the ideal candidate. The ideal candidate have to have the right education background, professional experiences, and even physical appearance. This is why many people turn to plastic surgery.

Some procedures are more popular than others in Korea. Since there is a high volume of cosmetic surgery performed in Korea, let’s take a look at the eight most popular procedures as mentioned by Koreaboo for people wanting to improve their physical appearance:

8 Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures In Korea

With such a demand for plastic surgery in Korea, it’s not surprising that there are hundreds of operations to modify ones appearance. Here are some of the most popular operations, which are quite common amongst Korean girls and boys in their late teens and 20s

Double Eyelid Surgery

One of the most popular surgeries by far. This procedure aims to eradicate what is known as the “monolid” in order to achieve the “double eyelid”. “Monolid” refers to having a single eyelid with no crease – a common trait amongst Asian people – and after undergoing this surgery, the individual will have what is known as the “double eyelid”. This procedure involves the removal or repositioning of excess tissues. With an estimated 1 in 5 women from Seoul having had the procedure, it has certainly become somewhat of an essential. Read more…

Perhaps of all cosmetic surgeries, facial procedures are both the most common and popular. Some of these are subtle, while others can be quite drastic. Watch the video below for some of the more shocking Korean plastic surgery transformations.

As you can see, compared to the US, plastic surgery is ubiquitous in Korea. What if it weren’t as frowned upon in the US as it is in Korea? Therefore, many people already visit foreign countries like Korea to get cosmetic procedures done thanks to the reputable surgeons and cheaper price tag. Thanks to this untapped market, a booming industry for cosmetic medicine in countries like Korea has arisen to meet public demands.

Finally, we would like to note that if you do choose to undergo a cosmetic procedure, to please have realistic expectations and make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.

How Seoul Cosmetic Surgery can help you?

Patients and top rated surgeons trust our medical tourism agency. Therefore, we strive to bring together our clients with the best Korean medical practice and clinics. Our doctors are pioneers of numerous surgical treatments like transplants, body contour, skin and more. 

Furthermore, Korea is home to premier plastic and cosmetic surgery clinics. Whatever your beauty goals are, we’ll make it a reality. Get in touch with us today.


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