When year-old Hailey Kim looks in the mirror, she doesn't see a pretty person. Her face is too round, she thinks; her lips too thin, her nose not quite right. Her reflection fuels a cosmetic surgery wish list -- bigger lips, higher cheeks, and a more delicate chin. Unhappiness with appearance is de rigueur for many teenagers, but for Korean Americans perhaps more than any other ethnic group, this is increasingly being addressed with a scalpel. California-born Kim has already undergone two procedures: a nose job and double eyelid surgery.
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Subscriber Account active since. The two other popular procedure are rhinoplasties, or nose jobs, and glutathione injections, which slows pigmentation in the skin, thus giving a fairer skin tone. Many Western critics, plastic surgeons included, have taken the prevalence of these procedures to mean that Koreans desire to look more Caucasian or white. Further, the type of nose bridge that Koreans tend to ask for in a rhinoplasty is markedly different from the the ideal Caucasian nose bridge. And the crease above the eyelid has always been sought after in Asian cultures both because it is rare and because it creates visually larger eyes, according to Leung. Robert Flowers, who has received some credit for popularizing the surgery in the US, disputes the notion that blepharoplasties are about making Asians look more white.
The vast majority of plastic surgery techniques that are available today were created with the Caucasian population in mind. As such, they produce results that are not necessarily in alignment with the cosmetic goals of Asian patients. To remedy this disconnect, Dr.
Even in a plastic surgery capital like South Korea , celebrities are still reluctant to admit that they've gone under the knife. Only a few have come forward about their cosmetic procedures, confidently listing what they have done and encouraging people to be more confident. Meanwhile, some have been urged to come clean after their "before" photos were discovered.