Unlike here in the Philippines where people are normally averse to talking about plastic surgery, the news of someone going under the knife is not as shocking in South Korea. In fact, a study conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery suggests that it is now the world's largest market for cosmetic procedures. According to Daily Mail, 20 percent of women between the ages of 19 and 49 in Seoul admitted that they had something done—the double eyelid surgery, for instance, is a pretty standard procedure that even middle school students sign up for.
In a video uploaded by Asian Boss, a journalist tries to unravel the main reasons why Koreans decide to get plastic surgery. "In Korea, women are judged very harshly [based] on appearances,” reveals one of his interviewees. "For this reason, I think they tend to focus more on their physical appearances not out of their own choice but because they’re forced to out of social pressure."
That said reason also explains why it's rare to chance upon a young woman walking in Seoul who's not wearing any makeup. They put in a lot of time and effort to make sure that they look good every day, even if it's just to do the laundry across the street. Because physical attributes are gravely important in the Korean society, such factors even affect their chances of landing a job or getting a higher pay. “For example, good-looking people apparently get paid higher salary according to the news," another interviewee discloses. "I think those things contribute to the environment in which people get judged [based] on their looks."
Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts!