I saw this on SBS news tonight while my husband and I were dining at our favorite naengmyeon (cold noodles) restaurant. According to the news, South Korea is the country with the most plastic surgery procedures with 1 in every 5 women living in Seoul aged 15-49 had undergone under the knife. The country is followed by Greece and Italy.
In the same news, it was reported that lipoplasty or liposuction is the most popular procedure in the world. The second and third most popular are breast augmentation and eyelid surgery.
In South Korea, Japan and China, nose augmentation is the most popular. Breast augmentation is the top procedure in the United States while many Brazilians have had butt surgery.
The total number of cosmetic procedures done in South Korea includes not only those done on Koreans but other nationalities who come to the country to enhance their looks.
Many believe that the kpop trend is influencing young women to have plastic surgery. I’ve only met one person by far who’ve had her looks “enhanced”. My former boss had double eyelid surgery. How many Korean women do you know who have had enhancements?