Plastic Surgery is so Extreme in South Korea that People Need New IDs
Just how good are plastic surgeons in South Korea?
Well for starters, South Korean media outlets Onboa and Munhwa have reported that many people now need plastic surgery certificates to prove they actually are who they say they are.
The practice has been growing in popularity for a few years now, but a recent boom in plastic surgery tourism from nearby countries like China and Japan means many of these foreigners now need hard proof of their surgeries to get past customs in their homeland.
One of the most common procedures is blepharoplasty, which gives the eye a more rounded, western look, and it’s made it making it harder for authorities to identify people based on their pre-op photos on their passports and other forms of ID.
With such unbelievable transformations, it’s hard to blame them.
Though people are more discrete about sharing their plastic surgery in America, it’s a totally normal topic of discussion in South Korea, not unlike you’d converse about someone’s outfit or hairstyle.
South Korea boasts the highest rates of plastic surgery of any country in the world, so it’s a much less taboo trend.
A recent survey found that one in five women between the ages of 19 and 49 there undergo some sort of cosmetic surgery, though it is growing increasingly common among men too.
Sadly, it looks like what’s driving this trend is East Asia’s pop culture, which tends to idolize western looks and music in particular.
But that’s no excuse. When you need a certificate to prove who you are, maybe it’s time to consider pumping the brakes on the plastic surgery.
While South Koreans may need to take a good hard look at the mirror when it comes to it’s growing obsession with plastic surgery, there are places where it can do some good beyond the superficial. Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that help’s provide safe surgical care for cleft palate treatment, helping heal children’s smiles forever.