What goes around comes around. In South Korea, according to a recent survey, a staggering one in five people in Seoul (the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea) has had some type of cosmetic surgery procedure. A large percentage of these surgeries are performed on teenagers endeavoring to look more westernized. However, in a strange twist of events, a young man of European heritage has opted for extensive plastic and cosmetic surgeries to greater resemble a Korean.
The Korea Herald reports that the young man is from Brazil and goes by the enigmatic name of Xiahn (as an internet user name, anyway). The news also sheds light on the intriguing turning of the tables:
“Cosmetic procedures, such as silicone implants, lip surgery or other augmentations, are nothing unusual in Brazil. But the 25-year-old man went a step further to transform himself into Asian-looking man by making alterations to his eyes. Xiahn, who asked not to be named to protect his family from Internet scrutiny, underwent 10 surgical procedures on his eyes, along with other less-invasive procedures, which cost him around $3,100. He also began wearing contact lenses to change his eye color.
Originally blue-eyed with blonde hair, he became interested in having plastic surgery after spending some time as an exchange student in Korea. He was inspired by how common plastic surgery is here.
‘Koreans have many surgeries to modify the shape of their eyes and become more like Westerners. It was easy to tell when one of them had done it, walking on the street wearing sunglasses and a surgical mask,” he said. ‘I have no regrets, and I don’t intend to have any more procedures.’”
Xiahn has an interesting point. 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. Xiahn purportedly feels no different.
As plastic surgery becomes more popular, the acceptance of cosmetic surgery is becoming more common as well. Ironically, the stigma that had once been placed on individuals receiving plastic surgery in South Korea has now been replaced with understanding and even acceptance.
As technology in the field improves, plastic surgery is steadily becoming safer and increasingly cost-efficient. 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.
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