plastic surgery

Yup, it’s time for another “Korean plastic surgery” picture post【Photos】

Yup, it’s time for another “Korean plastic surgery” picture post【Photos】

I’m not going to lie, I love transformation shows – home improvement, weight loss, makeovers, you name it. But plastic surgery shows are one of those that I keep on the down low, even more of a guilty pleasure than the others. They make the changes their participants go through seem like a piece of cake, often skipping over the majority of the long and painful process with snazzy montages and cut scenes.

Opinions are divided on plastic surgery, but whether you’re pro or anti-scalpel, you can’t fail to be amazed by some of the almost magical work these surgeons can perform. And of course some of the most dramatic changes are coming out of South Korea, one of the world’s hotspots for plastic surgery. Check out these photos; we promise we won’t tell anyone you did.

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Man spends $140,000 a month on cosmetic surgery, girls still aren’t impressed

Man spends $140,000 a month on cosmetic surgery, girls still aren’t impressed

Imagine dropping vast sums of cash on plastic surgery in an effort to make yourself appear more attractive, only to be told by a host of female celebs on national television that they wouldn’t touch you with a barge pole.

In classic Japanese variety show fashion, that’s precisely what TBS’s Watashi no Nani ga Ikenai no!? has in store for viewers next week, according to a recently released teaser trailer.

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Woman has plastic surgery to evade police, arouses suspicion with new appearance, gets arrested

Woman has plastic surgery to evade police, arouses suspicion with new appearance, gets arrested

Some people will always end up regretting having plastic surgery, but perhaps none more so than this woman, whose cosmetic surgery ended up getting her arrested. The fugitive tried to evade Chinese police by having her face remodelled – but the plan backfired when her new appearance aroused suspicion at airport security, and she was taken into custody.

The 21-year-old, who has been wanted on charges of blackmail since 2012, was arrested at Xi’an Xianyang International Airport at the end of February. Airport officials said they first became suspicious because the woman did not look like the photo ID she was using as she made the journey to visit her alleged accomplice in custody.

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Are these 10 naturally beautiful Korean stars too gorgeous to be real?

Are these 10 naturally beautiful Korean stars too gorgeous to be real?

So, you’ve probably heard that cosmetic surgery is common in South Korea. Considering its popularity, it’s hard to deny that going under the knife seems fundamentally appealing to a large group of people. And, hey, if you’re happy, we’re happy, right?

But cosmetic surgery has become so popular in South Korea that a few articles about “top ten natural Korean beauties” have recently become a hot topic in Taiwanese media, drawing the attention of microblogging Internet commenters. Unfortunately, it looks like the commenters weren’t ready to accept the women’s untouched beauty. Check out how heated the discussion got below!

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Beautiful South Korean reporter ruins her face with plastic surgery

Beautiful South Korean reporter ruins her face with plastic surgery

Take a look at that beautiful woman in the “before” picture. She certainly has the whole package (assuming her personality matches her looks). But when the “after” photo of her post-plastic surgery face showed up on a Japanese forum, it caused cute girl aficionados across the nation to cry out in horror. After seeing the photos ourselves, we can’t help but feel that this absolutely beautiful woman ruined her face and would go as far as saying that the surgery was a waste of a perfectly attractive female.

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Plastic surgery clinic in Seoul makes art out of patients’ jaw bones

Plastic surgery clinic in Seoul makes art out of patients’ jaw bones

You like sausage, right? Of course you do. But no one ever wants to see how the sausage is made. So why did this plastic surgery clinic in Seoul think it was a good idea to display two towering columns filled with the jaw bones of their past patients? It’s enough to make you rethink your pursuit of the perfect chin.

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Busted on national TV! South Korean celebrity’s CT scan reveals she had plastic surgery

Busted on national TV! South Korean celebrity’s CT scan reveals she had plastic surgery

All woman want to feel beautiful, and as we’ve seen before a surprising number of women in Asia are willing to go the extra mile in their quest to achieve physical beauty by turning to cosmetic surgery. Once achieved, few of them would be willing to admit to having gone under the knife, but last week the truth about one female South Korean celebrity’s plastic surgery was exposed on national television. Seemingly by accident. Uh-oh…

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Beauty is pain: A journey through one South Korean woman’s plastic surgery 【Photos】

Beauty is pain: A journey through one South Korean woman’s plastic surgery 【Photos】

If you have been paying attention to South Korean pop culture, then you are probably already aware of the huge popularity of plastic surgery as evident by some startling before-and-after images. Plastic surgery is fast becoming as Korean as kimchi, soju or Samsung as one in five women there admit to going under the knife in the name of beauty.

But while seeing before-and-after images demonstrate a surgeon’s skill, you may not be seeing the long and probably very painful process that goes on in between the two pictures. A Korean woman recently posted the many stages of her recovery after plastic surgery, which provides a much-needed context about the lengths people go for the sake of beauty. Click below to see how she looked while her body healed from the procedure!

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Korean woman goes under the knife 120 times in pursuit of perfection

Korean woman goes under the knife 120 times in pursuit of perfection

We’ve already covered South Korea’s attitudes about plastic surgery; basically, that it’s considered at worst a necessary evil for some folks to get ahead in life.

That cultural attitude has led the country to be widely considered the world cosmetic surgery capital, and has even led a handful, like this obsessed woman, to spend years of their lives and hundreds of thousands of dollars artificially perfecting their appearance.

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61 more images of cosmetic surgery from South Korea

61 more images of cosmetic surgery from South Korea

You are, no doubt, aware of the enormous popularity of cosmetic surgery in South Korea. While public opinion on the procedures is still split, we definitely feel that, hey, it’s your body, so do what you want!

Nevertheless, it can be quite startling at times to see just how much a skilled surgeon can do. From the Japanese woman transforming herself into a living porcelain doll to the images of South Korean cosmetic surgery we showed you earlier this year, we are always amazed by the possibilities opened up by a carefully wielded scalpel, and the following collection of images is no exception.

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Beware of cost-cutting cosmetic surgery! Young Chinese woman pays a steep price for a cheap fix

Beware of cost-cutting cosmetic surgery! Young Chinese woman pays a steep price for a cheap fix

As modern techniques get more advanced, cosmetic surgery, which promises to fulfill the desire to be beautiful, is increasingly accessible at more reasonable prices. You can even go home the same day. Some who wish to go under the knife or needle elect to travel to countries like South Korea, where plastic surgery is highly advanced and it costs much less than having it done at home.

Of course, selecting a plastic surgeon based on their price alone is a recipe for a horrible surprise when the bandages are removed. Sadly, one young Chinese woman had a minor procedure botched at 17, and now in her twenties could be mistaken for a woman in her sixties or seventies.

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Chinese man loses his nose in an accident, has new one artificially grown on his forehead

Chinese man loses his nose in an accident, has new one artificially grown on his forehead

For those who have lost a part of their body either through illness or after being involved in an accident, plastic surgery offers not only the hope of repairing any physical damage but also restoring self-confidence. One phenomenal case of life-altering plastic surgery currently receiving a lot of attention here in Asia is that of a surgeon in China who is growing a replacement nose on the forehead of a man who lost his during traffic accident.

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Korea’s elementary schools witness worrying trend of do-it-yourself face-lifts

Korea’s elementary schools witness worrying trend of do-it-yourself face-lifts

It’s no secret that South Korea has an astounding affinity for plastic surgery. While it would be unfair to suggest that the entire population is keen to go under the knife, the percentage of Koreans calling in for a nip and a tuck is literally eye-widening and jaw dropping, in addition to nose elongating and chin altering.

Unfortunately, this attitude towards altered appearances has apparently caused a curious trend in elementary school students. In an effort to appear more like the celebrities they see on TV, grade school students in South Korea are practicing something they call “self-cosmetic surgery.”

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Limb-lengthening surgery becoming increasingly popular in Korea despite inherent dangers

Limb-lengthening surgery becoming increasingly popular in Korea despite inherent dangers

Too fat; too tall; too hairy; too bald; can’t vend Snickers bars from our foreheads–we humans are seemingly never happy with our bodies. For many these hangups stem from a simple lack self-esteem, but over the years cosmetic surgery has grown to become a multi-million-dollar industry, with more than 15 million people choosing to have work done in 2011 alone.

We’ve shown you the horrors of plastic surgery on more than one occasion, but this latest story sends shivers down our spine. According to Japan’s Livedoor News, more young Koreans than ever are opting for costly and painful limb-lengthening surgery, despite the fact that five in six who underwent the procedure at one particular hospital met with complications, and some have lost the ability to walk entirely.

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“Smile Lipt” surgery promises to make you smile even if you don’t want to

“Smile Lipt” surgery promises to make you smile even if you don’t want to

Possibly taking a fashion cue from The Joker, women in South Korea are undergoing a bizarre plastic surgery procedure to enhance their smile. Dubbed “mouth corners lift” or “smile lipt” (a made-up word incorporating the words “lip” and “lift”), the surgery involves cutting the sides of the mouth to create the illusion of a smile.

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Plastic Surgery Transforms Japanese Girl Into Living Porcelain Doll

Plastic Surgery Transforms Japanese Girl Into Living Porcelain Doll

You’d be forgiven for thinking the two girls in this photo were complete strangers, living on opposite sides of the planet. But, believe it or not, these are in fact before and after shots of the very same girl. Read More

【Follow-Up Report】“Miss Korea” Entrants’ Similar Features Not the Product of Plastic Surgery

【Follow-Up Report】“Miss Korea” Entrants’ Similar Features Not the Product of Plastic Surgery

When head shots of this year’s Miss Korea entrants surfaced on the Internet, the world was shocked at how similar each girl’s features were. With the same pointed nose, slender chin, and eerily matching smile, it was easy for anyone to guess that these ladies all went to the same plastic surgeon. However, a second set of photos has surfaced, showing each girl wearing light makeup and dressed in very informal attire, confirming that this year’s Miss Korea entrants actually aren’t identical manmade clones.

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Thinking about plastic surgery? This ad may make you laugh – or it could make you think twice!

Thinking about plastic surgery? This ad may make you laugh – or it could make you think twice!

What do you think of this picture? A handsome father and pretty mother surrounded by three children who very much resemble each other all smiling in front of the camera – it looks like a happy picture of the perfect family, doesn’t it? But wait, is there something about this family that doesn’t quite look right? Read More

Triangle-Shaped Head New Benchmark for Beauty in China?

Triangle-Shaped Head New Benchmark for Beauty in China?

In the past, we’ve reported on some of the more extreme cases of plastic surgery in China. These men and women are obsessed with beauty and are willing to go to any lengths to reach their ideal. Changing everything from the contours of their face to its features, they become completely unrecognizable from their former selves.

Among these dedicated beauty seekers is a subgroup that has been garnering a lot of attention recently: the triangle heads. Recently, we discovered another of this terrifying breed. Read More