Over the previous twenty years, the lifestyle and visual appeals of Korean music heroes and television actors have become more and more popular around the world. The K-pop talent pool has been generating picture-perfect boy bands and porcelain princesses since the 1990s. And it's still going strong going by the popularity of bands like BTS and Blackpink and SixBomb. K-Pop and cosmetic surgery have long been entwined in this cultural explosion.
In a pair of videos called “Getting Pretty Before” and “Getting Pretty After,” members of the K-pop group SixBomb giddily went for manicures between appointments at a plastic surgeon, where their faces were prodded and poked.
“Getting Pretty After” presented them wearing pink bodysuits in an operating room, prancing out later with changed faces.
The SixBomb girls show us how it's done.
Check out the results!! And love the choreography.!!❤️❤️👍👍
With Hallyu (Korean Wave) becoming more well-known, it's not surprising that it's not only the Korean-Americans who are loving this trend. The energy of the Korean Wave has moved outside Asia and has acquired a deep grip in public awareness in the United States, Australia and to a lesser extent in the UK. This is amongst enthusiasts of different ages, genders, and ethnic cultures.
So what is the K-pop look? It can be summarised as doe-eyed with delicate features. A crisp jawline and willowy body. Fair skin so translucent it practically shines. A challenge for the fans of K-Pop and cosmetic surgery.
With many South Korean pop heroes meeting that description in their sleekly produced pop videos, their mass attraction has many of the country's young persons desiring to look just like them.
But in an attempt to reduce their effect in a beauty-obsessed country where cosmetic surgery is rampant, South Korea's authorities are trying to limit the superstars' visibility on television, saying they look too much alike.
“Are all the singers on television music programs twins?” the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family wrote about the stars of K-pop, as their music is known, in broadcast guidelines released this month, according to The Korea Times.
Nearly a third of South Korean women have undertaken aesthetic surgery between the ages of 19 and 29, a Gallup Korea poll has found– a trend that echoes the narrow aesthetics standards exemplified by K-pop stars.
Some South Koreans have candidly celebrated having cosmetic surgery, chronicling their physical transformations as a rite of passage. So it seems that K-Pop and cosmetic surgery are an integral part of Korean teen life.
So what are the procedures to achieve the K-Pop and cosmetic surgery look?
Double eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty, better known as “double eyelid surgery,” is one of, if not the, most popular Korean cosmetic surgery. It is also very controversial. It involves reshaping the skin surrounding the eye so that a crease is created. Recipients have been accused of undergoing this procedure to look more “Western”.
Many female K-Pop stars really like the extra makeup potential this extra skin provides. It is a signature operation to the world of K-Pop.
The Oval Look
Shifting from the Euro-centric look comes the “oval face” craze. This aesthetic is distinct to Korean culture and lauded by K-pop fans. While everyone wants a slimmer appearance, this look kicks it up a notch. To achieve this look, surgeons shave down the patient’s chin to create a pointy, elfin-eared effect. This procedure is known as “v-line” surgery. Face contouring is a boom area in Korean cosmetic surgery. Our in-depth article explains the risks involved to get that ‘look'.
Anime is a big attraction because of its freedom of expression and imagination. It provides a realm in which the consumer can escape Korea’s fast-paced lifestyle. Along with the pointed jawlines earlier mentioned, its characters are known for their dainty, high noses. Both fans and celebrities often undergo precise rhinoplasties to obtain this look. The closer one resembles these dream-like characters, perhaps the closer one is to live in their dream worlds. Never has there been so much synergy as between K-Pop and cosmetic surgery