Leave it to South Korea, arguably the plastic surgery capital of the world, to create a plastic surgery show that treats excessive plastic surgery with more plastic surgery.
Feelings of social awkwardness and overall insecurity as a catalyst towards receiving plastic surgery is not limited to the United States. In South Korea, according to a recent survey, a staggering one in five women in Seoul (the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea) has had some type of cosmetic surgery procedure.
The new show, entitled “Back to My Face”, solicits surgically enhanced contestants to undergo plastic and cosmetic surgery to return to their former pre-treatment and surgery bodies. According to the Netizen Buzz, as reported to news.com.au, “You must have had a minimum of 10 cosmetic surgical operations to take part. In the wealthier parts of Seoul in South Korea such a number of operations is commonplace. For the citizens of South Korea are the most cosmetically enhanced people in the world, more per capita have had ‘enhancements’ than Americans, Italians, Greeks and Brazilians.”
What contributes to this growing trend in plastic surgery? In South Korea, the pressure to conform to certain ideals is a major issue. The cultural emphasis is to maintain excellence intellectually as well as physically. For young people, plastic surgery options avail personal insecurities and improve perceptions of self-worth.
“Back to the Face” endeavors to say that people are beautiful no matter what, and that plastic and cosmetic surgery, at least according to the Global Post. “Each episode features four or five young women who’ve undergone 10 or more surgical operations, along with a surgery-addicted man who appeared in the debut show. Contestants met up before walking on to the streets of Seoul, guided by South Korean comedian Park Myeong-su,” says news.com.au.
But will the premise work? Critics are divided. “Various activities take place before the surgically-enhanced women realise that they were more beautiful before they started plastic surgery and that their faces had, in fact, become similar to each other thanks to the surgeons’ knifes. Each contestant then makes a declaration: either they’ll revert back to their old facial structure, stating “back”, or they’ll proclaim “stop,” indicating they are happy with their surgically-enhanced look.”
As more celebrities and models reveal their plastic surgeries and treatments, the stigma that once tabooed plastic surgery will slowly give way to support and acceptance. Plastic surgery is not for everyone, and nobody should feel they have to receive treatments. However, plastic surgery should also remain available for everybody without a person feeling embarrassed or ashamed about receiving consultation and treatment. The choice is up to you.
Dr. Mark Schusterman and Dr. Sanaz Harirchian
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