A survey of Korean women in their 20s and 30s found 98% of those asked would have plastic surgery, money permitting, with only 2% objecting to the notion.

The same survey undertaken in 2003 found that 66% would undergo such surgery given a chance, whilst 21% objected to the notion and an additional 13% agreed more with the sentiment that “it’s what’s inside that counts.”

There are no official statistics available on the actual prevalence of cosmetic surgery in Korean society (although Korean women are widely thought to be the most surgically enhanced in the world), but an informal survey of 1,800 Seoul women by a Korean paper found 46% of those they asked admitted to having had facial cosmetic surgery.

Just what the real number is can only be guessed at – many are less likely to admit to such surgery in a face-to-face survey as used here, though equally it seems likely Seoul would have a more fashion-conscious populace, and of course this figure only includes facial operations. Whatever the case, it is certainly a large proportion.


A Korean lady saying “8 out of 10 have had surgey done.”

Source Sankei is unsparing:

“With piracy, fake goods, academic fraud and misrepresentation all rampant in Korean society, perhaps nobody really cares if their beauties are fakes too…”

    Post Comment »
    Sort by: Date | Score
    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nation Sports of Korea:
    Tae Kwon Do
    Horse Back Riding
    And plastic surgery.

    Avatar of Domo-Kun
    Comment by Domo-Kun
    04:35 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why do you say "of course this figure only includes facial operations" I have 3 ex-girlfriends from Seoul, and 2 of them have had their breasts surgically enhanced.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 19/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    been playing some korean mmos huh

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 27/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol you've never had a girlfriend. let alone a korean onw

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think if we removed minor procedures such as eyelid surgery and circumcision off the list, the US would be top of the heap, but I could be wrong.
    I was anti-plastic surgery but my Japanese wife was always unhappy with her nose. After 10 years I finally gave in and let her get it done, and she is SO happy with the result I wish I hadn't held her back before. It wasn't a huge change, IMHO, but she's over the moon with the way it turned out.
    But some of these people who start out okay-looking and then get a complete face rebuild...I dunno. Guess it's their body, they can do what they please with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 27/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you are wrong. what these nerds care about is per capita. Korean actually has much fewer gross surgeries than Japan or the US but obviously Korean's population is 1/6 the size of America.

    the only figures that exist are for total number of procedures. obviously most people get more than 1 procedure so it's impossible to know how many people go under the knife in each country.

    Korea probably has more per capita than the US or Japan. If you are talking about people in entertainment the number is probably close to 100% in every country. For example in the US every single major actress has had work done: Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Megan Fox. Pretty much every single female black entertainer has had a nose job at minimum and every actress over 35 has had an eye lift. even half Jewish actresses like Scarlett and Jennifer Connelly have had clear nose jobs.

    most actresses in the US over a B cup probably had breast life or augmentation. same deal in Venezuela, UK, Japan, etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:17 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like plastic beauty with face n body made from pvc in 1/8 scale

    Avatar of Feylin
    Comment by Feylin
    05:03 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, Koreans aren't very pretty unless they have plastic surgery.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 27/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    so you think they look pretty after plastic surgery?

    you must be chinese

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    if what matters is what is inside, then why get s surgery? yeah think about it before you giving us excuses ya possible fine ladies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because men don't give shit about the inside when they're looking for a girl. They don't care if the fugly ones are smart, funny and nice (except if they got money) they want pretty girls, regardless if they are backstabbing bitches.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 12/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not all men are like that im afraid, as there is always an exceptionto every rule. But, yea, a depressing majority are just "thats hot, i wanna bang that" and dont think any further

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:48 09/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Body > Personality > Face

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since beauty is relative, I suppose the net effect would be wasting a lot of money and making that 2% uglier.

    Avatar of TC-man
    Comment by TC-man
    05:35 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, If she looks like that, so beautiful, even after plastic surgery, I won't mind. At least she hasn't been a man in her former life.

    What I see is that the girls did a eye-, and nosejob and had a diet. But how's her body, is her body as hot as those of models? It's weird if she has that beautiful face but her body is not beautifully shaped as a model (think: short legs and fat in the middle).

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    With regards to the article main pic, that girl is popular actress PARK MIN-YOUNG. And with relevance to the topic, she is suspected of plastic surgery though she never admits it. You can tell from her childhood pics that she's had lots anyway...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:56 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Check out the movie Shi Gan (Time) by Kim Ki-duk. It's about the plastic surgery craze in S. Korea - not a documentary though.

    Avatar of Kortaku
    Comment by Kortaku
    06:21 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Because there are so many good look celebrities everywhere in Korea, the average looking are now rated as shit ugly. So the shit ugly before are now not even girls.

    So to balance it all out, plastic surgery may be needed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Irony is a lot of those shit ugly koreans go to western countries and attract men like crazy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I watched a Chinese one called 'dumplings' which was about the extreme lengths one middle aged Chinese woman went through to look younger.

    ... she ground up foetuses and put them in her dumplings - the fuller term the foetus the better >.<

    But then she developed a rash and became very ugly and her husband went and screwed the lady who gave her the dumplings in hte first place haha.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 11/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    The whole of Asia is (in varying degrees) just a huge cesspool of degeneration, tyranny, filth, nonjustice, antihuman, antifreedom ideals, made up of things toxic to the soul and to what it means to be human.

    98% of Korean women want plastic surgery?? That just shows you right there. People have been turned into nonhumans. Incrementally. They have been dehumanized.

    When people start WANTING to become plastic -- actually turn their bodies into fake material, and put on actual PHYSICAL masks on top of the fake mental, psychological, spiritual masks that people have carried (and intensified the use of) for who knows how long now, THEN you know it's all over.

    "Life in plastic, it's fantastic.."

    Fucking disgusting!

    When I mentioned 'masks' just now, I was also thinking about those full character-suits people have started using as cosplay (cant remember what they're called).

    Now THAT is sick! Just THINK of the psychological (and thus, spiritual) nature of that.

    You don't have to fucking BE a Sigmund Freud or whatever to see how fucked up these things are.

    The ruling Elite of this planet have over time turned large portions of humanity into pure filth... No, well Yes, but THESE people I wouldn't even call filth: They're not even HUMAN.

    They've been reduced to (almost literally) plastic objects.

    Nothing more than biological computer terminals!

    WTF... !

    Seriously - WHERE is the huge outcry ??

    I am crying out right now.

    This article... this behavior and pattern, is all the result of the work by Eugenicists; who want to degrade, defile, ruin and murder humanity.

    I'm talking REAL TRUE Eugenics here -- not the BS watered-down crap that you can read about on Wikipedia.


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:25 12/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Q_Q kill yourself

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 24/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well japs always jealousy to korean..they tries to spread bad news like korean love do plastic surgery on the shows,but dont miror them self..they love do sex,wacth n making porns,try hide their shameness ..even under 15 do sexs..how shame!.ps im not korean but asian..

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 12/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're korean dog

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 11/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of you don't have a heart. Ether that or you place materialism above everything. Some of you are just cynical and negative.
    That makes since, after all people complain about the materialistic youth in japan.
    It's all pollution of the soul.

    Truth is, the inside will always out last whats on the outside.

    Everyone one has there own opinion of what is beautiful. I think more now then every, society, culture and media influence that, so much so that people don't seem to have there own opinions anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:14 24/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LoL funny topic.

    I've read it from start to end.
    let them do what they want. Its their bodies to start with anyway.
    you got your own body. mind yourself instead.
    there are tons of other countries out there to find partners to be with.

    they just want to be happy for themselves.
    if this is what they think to be an answer to their problems, then why not?

    If you hate their race that much then you really have a big problem with yourself (talking about the racists).

    talk first if you're really that perfect.
    ps. I'm not perfect. just so damn funny how they could react extensively to this kind of topics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 24/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    true I agree to that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:09 01/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “With piracy, fake goods, academic fraud and misrepresentation all rampant in Korean society, perhaps nobody really cares if their beauties are fakes too…”

    Actually, beaury would be the least of my concerns of being fake from that list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 01/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys are fucking retarded. Double eyelids to become more westernized? BULL FUCKING CRAP. Then I guess I have fake double eyelids as a Korean? Someone here said that double eyelids are only natural in western races? You need to fucking eat shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 19/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL THIS IS STPUID WELL IM NOT SURPRISED, the author is porobly a japnese bias,
    FOR UR INFO JAPAN AND TAIWAN has a higher surgery rate. LOL AND 46% HAS IT???LOOOOOOOOOOOL
    Where are ur sources??And this is just a survey ,its not like its everyones vpoices in korea.LOL ,so much haters, ANd its just mostly the entertainment industry . AND it happens everywhere, u ppl who say they just do surgery etc, LOL ,go get surgery here and see if its easy, you think everyday ppl would just be gettting surgery. So bold. eh, japs, such ninjas.Always sneaking aorund popular korean stufffs like youtube, because their dominating the music scnene LOL.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 31/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    who wouldn't want a plastic surgery in Korea? it's 100% success rate garantie

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 01/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see a problem here. Obviously if you are looking at appearances, than what does it matter as long as it looks good?

    Some ppl drink chemicals or pump drugs to get cut bodies, others, just pay $ and a couple of hours.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    when your bore an ugly child that's when you'll know ^^ too late i guess.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:29 10/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That woman being interviewed must have been the 2 out of 10...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyone is all "koreans are ugly" "korea is an ugly nation" yet I know korean models just as hot as japanese ones. In fact my favorite models are Aki Hoshino (Japanese) and Hwang Mi Hee (Korean). This coming from a japanese gravure maniac BTW. Japan and Korea both have fugly women and beautiful ones. Also considering how most japanese can't even tell koreans from japanese these comments are pretty much just bias. Also I don't think the otaku on this site can even be so picky in real life so shouldn't be acting so picky when they would pounce on any pussy they could get or have an overweight otaku girlfriend.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    NOBODY CARES what is on the inside if you look like a supermodel. Sad but true, I don't like the truth but then ask yourself if you really ACT what you believe in. Most people find out they are as shallow as the next person. Why do you like anime anyway? Isnt it because they are cute?

    The inside should matter most because the outside will eventually get old.

    P.S I think all you people are...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I find it ironic a tons of commenters here claim they want natural beauty in their 3D girls yet they're all over 2D girls. Who aren't pretty at all and not made to titillate. Yeah they're just average/fugly looking 2D women.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In other words, 98% Korean Women are ugly. -.-

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 10/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good, we need more pretty people in the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:03 10/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fake beauty is the worst.
    Absolutely the worst.
    Only if you are truley hideous should you ever get cosmetic surgery.
    And even then, There is a limit to what you should do.
    Natural beauty is best~<3

    Avatar of yuriphoria
    Comment by yuriphoria
    02:41 10/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, 2D > 3D but natural is better? something is wrong.

    Actually while excessive surgery is obviously scary I don't see why a little surgery can't be alright.

    I mean, cavemen would think our shaven men and women with make up are scary.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:37 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm reasonably certain that 99% of all the posters in this thread who claim some bullshit "fact" or make some dumbass criticism about Korean women (ex. they're trying to look white!") have never even had a conversation with one. It's always funny to see a bunch of weaboo virgins try to explain Asian women based on their extensive backgrounds with 2d tits and silicone sex dolls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Note that this article is from Sankei, a right-wing newspaper with a history a publishing anti-Korean articles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:33 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I m never a fan of Koreans and never will be

    They are dastardly bastard who steals others culture claiming it for their own without any speck of shame, /spit.

    I m never a fan of their woman as well, I knew abt them being a nation of plastic long ago, atleaat Japan at worst is a nation of photoshopped womean

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone is a little uptight aren't they? Demonizing a whole nation because of an unscientific survey? Believe me, you'll loosen up a bit when you get laid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sex isn't a cure-all for idiots, unfortunately

    Avatar of Hanverse
    Comment by Hanverse
    09:39 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL the truth

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 19/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is really sad, you do realize that Japanese and Korean have very similar DNA but Japanese have more 'Korean' genes than vice versa. Supposedly, only about 4% of Japanese DNA is uniquely Japanese whilst in Korean DNA, around 28% is uniquely Korean. It really makes me hate both countries because both completely ignore the facts and point fingers at one another.

    This is funny because there are 'Korean' artifacts found in Japan that are being returned to Korea. This means either that the Japanese stole Korean 'history' and brought it to their own land or they had someone who knew how to create Korean 'history' teaching them. Regardless, people are too stupid to even think, you're included.

    Then again, I read the information on DNA awhile ago and my numbers may be a tad bit off.

    I'm also pretty sure the record holder for most plastic surgeries is held by an American citizen. Also double-eyelids are not exclusive feature to Europeans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:38 09/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ok we got it man, now go suck the cocks you like so much.

    Comment by Busy
    21:32 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never did wonder about that special since circle lens were first created by koreans. The main plastic sugeries made in korea are those for the western eyelid and they aren't that expensive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:24 08/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ultra-chrome, latex, and steel

    Post Comment »


Recent News

Recent Galleries

Recent Comments