2:56 pm - 07/14/2009

30 Percent of South Korean College Students Seeking Cosmetic Surgery

Kim Yoo-mi, a 20-year-old student at a local junior college, is busier during her summer break than she was when school was in session. Part-timing at a convenience store in the morning and at a department store in the afternoon, she's working every minute of her vacation toward her very first nose job.

"It's hard sucks to work 12 hours a day, but getting my nose lifted is going to be completely worth it," said Kim, who blames her low nose bridge for low self-esteem.

With 700,000 won in savings, she has less than one month to make 1.5 million won to help pay for the surgical procedure that's expected to total about 2.5 million won.

If money allows, Kim says she even plans to have double eyelid surgery.

The college sophomore's open attitude toward cosmetic surgery isn't uncommon as it reflects the perspective of today's early 20-somethings.

In fact, more than 30 percent of 921 male and female university students said in a survey Tuesday that they plan to seek some kind of plastic surgery during their summer vacation.

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izabera 14th-Jul-2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
One thing is for sure, plastic surgery isn't making Koreans any happier.
High suicide rate, higher levels of unhappiness compared to other countries, etc...

leap4detonation 14th-Jul-2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
I really don't like how some people think that because some of their favorite idols got plastic surgery,
that it's an ok procedure. What the hell? I don't care who you are; plastic surgery is fucking ridiculous.
The only time I see it as acceptable is when someone needs it. A good example is if someone breaks your
fucking nose into a million pieces and you need it reconstructed.
chibi_rei 14th-Jul-2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Almost 80 percent of those who were willing to undergo a surgery said they hoped to get rid of their physical inferiority complex

Even if you get it I doubt your complexes just completely disappear. Everybody is unconfident about themselves in different ways. You're a narcissistic if you love yourself 100% completely.

Not saying you shouldn't love who you are. I'm just saying sometimes we all have doubts.
maisoui 14th-Jul-2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
...let's just hope that after the surgery she doesn't trip or something and break her expensive nose. :(

I know I'd be kicking myself.
xxsmiiles 14th-Jul-2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Oh well. Cosmetic surgery has always been a big thing in SK, and especially Asia. I don't know why people are so surprised or getting worked up. It will probably stay that way for a long time.
kireny 14th-Jul-2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
I seriously thought only 30%?

But its a big thing in America as well; I can't count the number of other students in my classes (male or female) who want some type of surgery done either later in life or are already saving up for it.

I've thought about it before, getting a nose job but I know how they do it and as much as I hate my nose, I dont think I could go through the surgery. But I also think how much it would cost me and how my mother always talks about the young adults who come into her office asking for those surgeries (she works with plastic surgerons)
gunsandsmoke 15th-Jul-2009 12:11 am (UTC)
for those wondering about the double-eyelid (i know the term itself makes my white friends go "huh???" lol it's SUCH an asian-specific phrase), it's the 'crease' or fold that is above your eye and generally acts as the marker that decides where your eyeshadow should mostly stop.

i've used the glue before as double eyelids make me look less tired/grumpy, but most like me better with monolids, as i look "younger" and "purer/more innocent" (fobby korean ppl's terms lol). idc either way, i give myself double fold if i'm going out that night/clubbing (it REALLY is way more useful for makeup, i hate putting on eyeshadow with single fold because any amount feels like too much, makeup gun set to WHORE??) but for day to day it's a hassle for someone who usually rolls out of bed in the morning.

as for surgery itself: i'm korean, and i know of many cousins who've had something done. my family is the only one (of all my aunts/uncles) who actually lives in america, which may very well be the only reason my siblings and i = ~100% natural~ it's not a big deal, and i don't judge my relatives, nor would i want to! it's a cultural thing, and god knows korean ppl judge the hell out of america/certain american habits just as many people here now are judging korea's cosmetic surgery addiction.

and DAMN 1.2 mil won = cheap as hale! no wonder.
bluenotepads 15th-Jul-2009 01:38 am (UTC)
I'd rather spend that amount of money on clothes and food.
she_devil666 15th-Jul-2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
I don't care if people want to get surgery. If they think they would be better after let them think that. Some people do and some people are worse off because of it. Something so simple as a nose job or getting double eyelids can still be disatrous. But if they really think they need it then should get it. If I had something about myself I didn't like I would too if I could afford it. Like if my teeth were fucked up I would get that fixed 'cause I hate fucked up teeth.
Sometimes God makes pretty people and sometimes he was a little careless in others. I feel there is nothing wrong with fixing some of God's mistakes :)
shanny_w 15th-Jul-2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
30% doesnt sound like a lot but it is *sigh* i wish people could just be happy with how they are meant to look.
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