Plastic Surgery Gaining Popularity in South Korea

by Roberta Seldon ,  Thirdage.com | 2011-05-26

Plastic surgery has become increasingly popular in South Korea, according to KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

BK DongYang, Seoul’s largest plastic surgery clinic, performs approximately 100 surgeries a day, including facial contouring to slenderize the typically round Asian face, nose reshaping and eyelid surgery.

According to KABC-TV, Dr. Kim Byung Gun from BK DongYang said, "The Chinese and Korean patients tell me that they want to have face like Americans."

Some of the patients undergoing the procedures are kids. A 12-year-old girl recently underwent plastic surgery to get more westernized eyes. According to KABC-TV, the little girl says she’s happy with the results.

Meanwhile, teens in the U.S. are getting plastic surgery as graduation gifts, WRBL, CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ga. reports. Dr. Vincent Naman, who’s been practicing for 16 years, told WRBL that he was surprised to hear about parents giving plastic surgery procedures as graduation gifts. “It really just seemed shocking. You've got parents you know advocating plastic surgery for their child, but I understand I spent a lot of time understanding the motivations,” Naman told WRBL.

Naman also said that a lot of it has to do with teens feeling unhappy or self-conscious about their bodies. One teen even admitted that she was in a lot of pain from the surgery but felt like it was all worth it, Naman added.



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