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.

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!
nubby_tail 14th-Jul-2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
I think that a good number of the ones that go under the knife for this are getting another eyelid fold AND parts of the skin (corners and stuff) cut away to reveal more of the eye. As a result, they appear to have "bigger" eyes.

If you've noticed in the Korea entertainment industry, a lot of the people who have single eyelids TEND to be male, not female.
Obvs there is a reason why so many single-lidded Korean women go get this done.
she_devil666 15th-Jul-2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
I love my double eyelids and would never dream of ever wanting them to be single. I see people with single lids and wonder do they have a problem with their eyelashes. It looks like they would poke them in the eyes a lot. I don't know I don't like things near my eyes not even my own lashes so I would probably get that surgery for medical and astheic reasons.
she_devil666 15th-Jul-2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
"And not astheic"
lydzi 14th-Jul-2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
I'm still wondering too...
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