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South Korea: The World’s Capital for Plastic Surgery

Korean Plastic Surgery FaceI  just returned from a week in Seoul S. Korea, visiting with a manufacturer of US medical devices. This first time visit to Korea was eye opening. My pre-conceived images of Korea, probably formed by watching re-runs of MASH, were of a struggling people recovering from the ravages of Japanese occupation and the Korean Civil War. They have reversed the sufferings of the last century. Seoul is now a sophisticated metropolis, ringing with commerce and populated with meticulously dressed urbanites, rushing from offices, restaurants, karaoke bars, health clubs and university classrooms. South Korea has made an astonishing move from shanty-town poverty into a modern high rise industrialized economy in a span of 50 years. 

Of particular interest to me was the Korean attention to beauty. They dress stylishly, pay careful attention to grooming and consider looks to be an important element to success. This value allows them to be very open to plastic surgery as a means of achieving their ideals.

South Korea has the world’s highest per capita rate of cosmetic plastic surgery, according to the 2009 and 2011 statistics of the International Society of  Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. 

For Korean college graduates seeking employment, 27.4% get plastic surgery to fare better in the hyper-competitive job market. Every year 74 out of every 10,000 people undergo cosmetic surgery, a rate 1.8 times the United States. One in five women between the ages of 20 and 45 is reported to have cosmetic surgery. 

Korea is followed by Greece, Italy and the United States in the per capita rate of choosing plastic surgery. The people of Brazil and Taiwan also value and utilize plastic surgery with a high degree of frequency.

The Asian specialized procedures that are performed frequently in Korea include the double eyelid surgery to make the eyes appear larger, cheek implants to create an “apple” shape, jaw contouring to decrease the width of the face and rhinoplasty to raise the height of the nose.  Forehead shaping with fat grafts, liposuction and breast implants are also popular. 

For more information consult:

International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons,

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Want the Highest Standard in Plastic Surgery?

In this country a medical license does not indicate whether a doctor is qualified to practice in a specific specialty, such as plastic surgery. Any doctor is free to designate himself as a specialist in his own office without government interference. In 1933 The American Board of Medical Specialties was established as a non-profit organization with the purpose of creating nationally recognized standards for education knowledge, experience and skills to provide high quality care. The American Board of Plastic Surgery was established as one of the founding members 75 years ago.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery continues to be the organization that sets high standards for the type of training, and the demonstration of competence for Plastic Surgeons. Board Certification in Dermatology or Otolaryngology is not plastic surgery. Those calling themselves plastic surgeons are “alternate” practitioners of the art. 

The New York Times January 31, 2012 Health Section described how non-specialists have expanded into the field of cosmetic surgery.  Visit Non-Specialists Expand Into Lucrative Cosmetic Surgery Procedures – for their discussion.

If you want to know if your doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you can visit

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