Pop music blamed for high plastic surgery rates in South Korea

Kimberly Gillan
Friday, February 1, 2013

South Koreans are going under the knife more frequently than any other country, according to new worldwide surgery figures.

One in 77 people has had cosmetic surgery in the Asian country, with as many as one in 20 getting surgery in the capital city, Seoul.

Double eyelid surgery, where skin from the upper eyelid is removed to make eyes rounder and look more Western, is one of the most popular treatments – with Miss Korea 2012 even admitting to having surgery to make her "beautiful".

According to the UK's Daily Mail, the trend is believed to be a result of the booming Korean pop industry, with Korean plastic surgeons reporting patients arriving with pictures of their favourite K-pop stars to emulate.

In the list, from The International Society of Asthetic Plastic Surgery, Australia came in at number 23, down two spots since 2010, with 40,427 surgical procedures completed in 2011.

Breast augmentation was the most popular surgery, with 8541 Australian women having their breasts altered in 2011.

The second most popular Australian surgery was blepharoplasty, which is surgery done to the eyes to firm up skin, plus reduce puffiness and wrinkles.

Worldwide, the most popular surgery was lipoplasty, which uses sound waves to melt fat then suck it out. A total of 1,268,287 underwent this procedure.

Second place was breast enlargement surgery –– 1,295,251 women had enhancements in 2011, which were most common in the US, Brazil, Mexico, Italy and China.

Blepharoplasty [eye surgery] and abdomnioplasty [tummy tucks] and rhinoplasty [nost jobs] were the other common procedures.

More than 75,000 people had buttock implants, making it the number 13 most popular procedure.

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