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Plastic Surgery Makes Asians Look More "Western"

See the difference in the before and after photos above? That's 12-year-old Lee Min Kyong after plastic surgery of her eyelids to make her look more "western."

Scoff all you will, but plastic surgery to make Asians look more western is big business in Asia, and growing rapidly:

The definition of pretty, explains their plastic surgeon, is not the standard Asian face, but closer to a Caucasian face. Dr Kim Byung-gun is the head of Seoul, South Korea's biggest plastic surgery clinic, BK DongYang. The clinic is a dozen stories tall, with all of its operating rooms full on the day of Min kyong's surgery.

Dr Kim says his clinic, one of the most successful in a city dubbed the "plastic surgery capital of Asia," performs 100 surgeries a day, ranging from eyelid surgery to nose reshaping to facial contouring.

"They always tell me they don't like their faces," says Dr Kim, explaining what his patients request prior to surgery. "They want to have some westernized, nice faces. They want to have big eyes like westernized people, high profile, nicer noses.
"The Chinese and Korean patients tell me that they want to have faces like Americans. The idea of beauty is more westernized recently. That means the Asian people want to have a little less Asian, more westernized appearance. They don't like big cheekbones or small eyes. They want to have big, bright eyes with slender, nice facial bones."


While I agree that the prevalence of cosmetic surgery in Asia (as well as the age at which some get surgeries) is disturbing, I disagree that it is in an effort to look more "western." Most Asians who get cosmetic surgery is not trying to look white or western; they do it in order to look more attractive. Large eyes, smaller/more defined noses, and smaller chins are standards of beauty in various cultures and not just in the East. These standards (including white, "pure" skin) were around in Asia way before the assimilation of western culture.
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Blame the media, Hollywood, the empire, that monster whose tentacles reach all over the world, infecting people with its distorted views of reality.
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Everything that Greek in Heels said. If she truly wanted to look Western, the plastic surgery would be much more extreme. As it is, the eye surgery makes her look like any other Asian who has natural double lids. Also, sometimes those with monolids will "change" into double lids over the course time w/o tape or plastic surgery. It's a fallacy to say Asians want to be more Western, more often than not it's due to pressure by family (yes, even at this young age) or a desire to to follow trends and ultimately be more attractive.
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Why did they remove her beauty mark that was in the most quintessential location for looking attractive? And also the ones on her forehead
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That is sad on to many levels.
One she is only 12 Years Old! that alone is sad.
Second Trying to be more like a Round Eye!?? that is sad on multiple levels. Racist Guilt? Not happy being a Han?

Sad and pityful
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I'm shocked at the ignorant and hateful comments by some of you buffoons. Who are you to decide whether the desire to change how you look is "sad" or "pitiful?"
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My friend from Vietnam says that white is not just to be Caucasian, but a symbol that you don't have to work in the sun all day like farmers.
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I've lived in Korea and have seen the obsession with cosmetic surgery: double eyelids, "high" nose bridges, shaved-down jaws and cheekbones, even surgery to make calves less muscular. I've heard the claim that it's not from a desire to look more Western, but I just don't buy it. Were Asians obsessed with wide eyes before extensive contact with Westerners? "Some Koreans have the natural double eyelid" they say, and it's true, but many do not. When I am shown historical references to the prized double eyelid, I'll believe it is a traditional beauty standard. Until then I see it as a desire to look less Asian, consciously or not. It's a damn shame.
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