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.

More women (40 percent) were up for cosmetic enhancement than men (19 percent), according to the poll done by online job portal Career, but an overwhelming majority of respondents said there was no shame in getting a little nip and tuck for a boost in confidence.

Almost 80 percent of those who were willing to undergo a surgery said they hoped to get rid of their physical inferiority complex, while others named better looks and job hunting as their top reasons for turning to a cosmetic surgeon.

Eyes, nose and teeth, in that order, were the areas that respondents wanted the most work done, with both men and women putting the popular double eyelid surgery as No. 1 on their wish list.

Lee Dong-jin, a plastic surgeon at BSL Clinic, said people's overall perception toward cosmetic surgery has drastically changed in recent years, as more celebrities are openly accepting facial enhancements.

"Such openness is fanning the plastic surgery trend more, so young students should especially give it thorough thought on why they're wanting to undergo the procedure," he said.

According to the poll, more than 41 percent of respondents up for a surgery plan get money from their parents, while the remainder are working part-time jobs to shoulder the costs that typically range anywhere from 1.2 million won to 7 million won.

sehcee 14th-Jul-2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
whats so awesome about double eye lids?
czarny 14th-Jul-2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
I really haven't a clue and want to know what all the fuss is about lol.
sehcee 14th-Jul-2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
i know. i have double eyelids and i think people with single eyelids are beautiful/hot hot hot!

take kimjunsu as an example. /bias
tsuyogari 14th-Jul-2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
yeah, seriously! plus eyeshadow gets all yucky and line-y with double eyelids. :(
bambaya 14th-Jul-2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
martianqueen 14th-Jul-2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
i think people with single eyelids are hot too!

and i'm totally agreeing with your example there :)))
hk_snow 14th-Jul-2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
totally agree :D
kim junsu = hotness ^^
bt its kinda true dat ppl tend to associate double eyelids with beauty (well in asia anywy) coz then they'll look caucasian! ==;; which i disagree with completely! ><
i have double eyelids bt couldnt care less if i had single eyelids ^^
bellasomia 14th-Jul-2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Me2. IA!
lydzi 14th-Jul-2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
I'm still wondering too...
extraenchanted 14th-Jul-2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
well, people usually want what they don't have. example, dark-skinned asian girls want to have fair skin, and caucasians like being tanned. i, for one, am short, and i want to have long legs.
sehcee 14th-Jul-2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
yeah ofcourse, i have alot of things i want aswell, but i dont think i would go as far as cosmetic surgery to get it.
iotakanishi 14th-Jul-2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
my friend who is kinda expert at doing make up says she doesn't like ppl with single eyelid bcos it's a bother when she wants to apply make up on them. maybe that means it's not pretty in korea (?)

i don't know if my answer is appropriate, sorry XD;
doraichan 14th-Jul-2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Lol my eyes look bigger when I make them double lidded~
akaich0u 14th-Jul-2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
As someone with single eyelids, I have to admit that I do look prettier with double eyelids. *is shot*

No for real. Some people think it's because they want to look more ~Western~ but seriously, hardly anyone gives a shit when they're doing the procedure. They just want to make THEMSELVES look nicer first. I don't think the eye thing is Western influenced at all. The higher nose bridge, probably, but not the eyes.
finalfantasyo13 14th-Jul-2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
but i find monolid eye lids so attractive and exotic:D i really like em.
not that i find the double eye lid less beautiful, but they're just so common even if your're asian or not..
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