South Korean band celebrate plastic surgery in song

Created on: 20th March 2017

A South Korean girl band release music video celebrating plastic surgery after having spent close to $88, 600 on plastic surgery. South Koreans are known for going under the knife with more than 60 percent of women in the country receiving cosmetic procedures.  Plastic surgery is said to be popular amongst women in their late and early 20's in South Korea and is fast becoming the norm amongst that age group.

The four members of K-Pop band, Six Bomb, a popular band in South Korea underwent extensive plastic surgery before releasing the video for their latest tracks, "Becoming Prettier (Before)" and "Becoming Prettier (After)," in which the ladies recap their personal experiences with surgery and brag about how attractive they are after getting surgery.

The group’s manager, Kim II-woong, told BBC News Friday Six Bomb had "almost every kind of surgery that could be done on their face," as well as breast implants.

Globally, surgeons performed more than 20 million cosmetic procedures last year. South Korea, a country of about 50 million people, accounted for nearly a million of them, and reportedly has the highest rate of plastic surgery per capita, reports CBS News correspondent Seth Doane.

In the capital city of Seoul, plastic surgery clinics line the roads, a lucrative industry that rakes up $5 billion a year. Plastic surgery is advertised on subway billboards and is even the focus of one popular reality TV show about dramatic makeovers. It's even a common gift to students graduating from high school, "new face, new start." In South Korea, people have also come to equate "beauty" with success and job resumes commonly require a photo attachment. Beauty has become a means to distinguish oneself in the nation's hypercompetitive culture.

V-line surgery is a relatively new procedure that has proven to be very popular in South Korea. It involves breaking and shaving the jawline to create a V-shaped face. This surgery is popular amongst young Korean pop stars, who have their faces reshaped to give them elfin, anime-like appearances. 

None of this was so when the American plastic surgeon Dr. Ralph Millard arrived in South Korea in 1954. Korea was a Japanese colony during the first half of the twentieth century, and then was virtually leveled during the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953. Millard was chief plastic surgeon for the United States Marine Corps. Part of his role was to help treat Korean accident and burn victims. However, Millard decided to "help" in a different way than planned. He performed what Korean academic journals say was the first recorded double eyelid operation in South Korea.

Cosmetic surgery is clearly potentially dangerous but no one seems to be discussing the dangers of these procedures to young people. People don't seem to treat it with the same caution and fear that they would another surgical procedure. People seem to be less willing to see the danger of having a tummy tuck compared to that of a stomach operation they need medically", said Edwina Rawson, a medical negligence specialist at solicitors Field Fisher Waterhouse.

"When things go wrong someone can end up disfigured or even dead", Rawson added. "A facelift can lead to your eyes or mouth not opening and closing properly. I've seen patients whose lower eyelid isn't resting against the eyeball after they've had facial surgery. Breast implants can result in oddly shaped breasts. And post-surgical infection is a risk, as is severe psychiatric injury."

Posted by Amanda Hopkins 


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