South Korea Surpasses U.S. in plastic surgery
Watch out America, South Korea is giving us a run for our money – at least in the plastic surgery field. While the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that over 1.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2011 and another 12.2 million minimally-invasive procedures were carried out, South Koreans seem to have us beat. With one in five women admitting to having some form of plastic surgery in their lifetime, South Korea currently boast the title of country with most cosmetically enhanced residents in the world.
The United States still remains the country with the most number of procedures performed; however, South Koreans report more plastic surgery treatments per person, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS).
The ISAPS reported that roughly 20 percent of women between the ages of 19 and 49 who reside in Seoul, the nation’s capital, had already undergone plastic surgery. The organization also noted that one in every 77 South Koreans has had some sort of work done on their face or on their body.
Plastic surgery is so popular in South Korea, that “Gangnam Style” superstar Psy was urged by music executives to get a facelift.
“Everyone was coming up with solutions to my ‘looks’ problem,” claimed Psy. “They said, ‘How about a bit of plastic surgery here and there?'”
But while South Korea may have surpassed the U.S. with most number of residents having plastic surgery, the differences between each nation’s cosmetic surgery trends are quite striking.
In the U.S., the most popular surgical procedures are breast augmentation and liposuction. However, the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in South Koreans is double eyelid surgery.
Eyelid surgery, known as Blepharoplasty surgery, is a procedure which removes excess skin and fat on the upper or lower eyelids. A Double Blepharoplasty, sometimes called Asian Blepharoplasty, actually creates a crease in the upper eyelid and removes the epicanthic fold that the majority of the Asian population is born with. The epicanthic fold is a term used to describe the fold of skin in the upper eyelid that partially covers the inner corner of the eye.
Blepharoplasty surgery is common in the United States as well, but is more popular among older patients who undergo the procedure to remove sagging skin that develops as we age.
Rhinoplasty is also popular in South Korea, with residents opting to create a more Western-looking bridge for their nose. The surgery is also in the top five for the United States and is the most common among younger patients.
Another difference between South Korea plastic surgery trends and North America plastic surgery trends is the age group. In the U.S., surgery is not performed without parental consent on patients younger than 18 years of age. And usually, when plastic surgery is performed on teens, it is due to a