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1/30/2014 (2 months ago)

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South Korea is the Number One nation for plastic surgery, with one in five women undergoing the knife

Symbolic of a society where one in five women undergoes plastic surgery, a photo of a once-pretty TV presenter in South Korea has hit the Internet - and the world is horrified. Undergoing a procedure to make her face look more heart-shaped, the young woman now has a freakishly pointed chin - she now resembles a cartoonish wicked witch from storybooks of yore.

Comments posted online of the former beauty's 'new look' has not been kind.

Comments posted online of the former beauty's "new look" has not been kind.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/30/2014 (2 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Plastic surgery, anime, South Korea, vanity


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Comments posted online have been quick and to the point. "Someone please tell me this was Photoshopped!" "It looks like you could plow a field with that chin!" "Is it really possible to taper someone's chin that much?"

The young woman, allegedly a reporter on a TV channel, is one of thousands of Koreans who have had s

The young woman, allegedly a reporter on a TV channel, is one of thousands of Koreans who have had surgery.


Experts say that the young woman appears to have undergone a high-risk operation which involves re-aligning the jaw and shaving off parts of the bone to create a "heart shape." The procedure is often a last resort solution to correct facial deformities where people have been unable to chew properly due to an excessive over or under-bite.

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Popular in South Korea, a small face with a 'V-shaped' chin and jawline is considered a mark of feminine beauty in much of East Asia, along with a high-bridged nose and big eyes.
 
The woman is compared to a goblet in a photograph uploaded to a Japanese online forum.

The woman is compared to a goblet in a photograph uploaded to a Japanese online forum.


Many have accused the once attractive woman of "ruining her face." The jaw surgery in question to achieve her particular look has been called long and painful.

It's being interpreted as a sign of a larger social problem in South Korean. That nation currently has more plastic surgery than in any other country. Avidly practiced by women aged 19 to 49 years of age, many undergo plastic surgery to resemble their favorite pop music stars.

Many surgery-obsessed East Asian women strive to achieve the look of anime characters such as Sailor

Many surgery-obsessed East Asian women strive to achieve the look of anime characters such as Sailor Moon, with a heart-shaped face and big eyes.


The most popular surgical procedures in South Korea include double eyelid surgery, which reduces excess skin in the upper eyelid to make the eyes appear bigger. Another popular procedure is lipoplasty, which uses high-frequency sound waves to eliminate fat, along with more conventional nose jobs.

Plastic surgery among young people has been blamed by some observers on a desire to look more "western" fuelled by an obsession with celebrity culture. Botox and laser hair removal remain firm favorites, a 2012 report said.

The bizarre new look favored by these Asian women can't be entirely blamed on the west. Many "anime" characters, i.e. popular Japanese cartoon characters sport enormously large eyes and pointed chins.

Overall, one in every 77 South Koreans turn to the knife or needle.

The figures, from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS), show that in 2011, 15 million people across the globe turned to plastic surgery to enhance their looks.

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