25 April 2012
South Korea has become the capital of the world where plastic surgery is concerned, if new research is anything to go by.
According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Asian country is now the largest market for cosmetic procedures, per capita.
In fact, the organisation acknowledged that 20 per cent of women aged between 19 and 49 years old have gone under the knife in Seoul alone in order to try and improve their appearance.
Double eyelid surgery is one of South Korea's most common cosmetic procedures, with the operation involving excess skin being taken away from a person's upper eyelid. Nose jobs, laser hair removal and Botox are also proving popular across the nation.
Commenting on the study to AFP, JK Plastic Surgery Center founder Joo Kwon said: "I think South Korea has a very rigorous and narrow definition of beauty because we're an ethnically homogenous society and everyone looks pretty much the same. It is also related to low self-esteem."
Stephen Handisides, from the health and beauty website MyFaceMyBody.com, recently said that cosmetic surgery "can greatly improve confidence and contribute to a happier you".
Posted by Philip Briggs
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