Euny Hong joins guest host Terry O’Reilly to discuss the ubiquity of plastic surgery in South Korea, where it is believed one in three women have gone under the knife in recent years.

Hong, author of The Birth of Korean Cool, explains the cultural factors driving their popularity, and sheds light on the growing counter-trend that inspired the new Back to my Face reality show.
Watch the trailer for the Back to my Face reality show, mentioned in the interview, below. The show has attracted contestants who have had at least 10 procedures and now want to return to some version of their pre-surgical look.

Western Eyes
Hong, who herself has undergone eyelid surgery, doesn’t think South Korean women seeking plastic surgery are necessarily trying to look more Western.

“None of these people actually look more Caucasian,” Hong says, “It’s true that they want bigger eyes, but this pre-dates significant contact with the west and it also pre-dates the prevalence of plastic surgery.”
Filmmaker Ann Shin’s NFB documentary, Western Eyes (2000), explores similar themes while following two Canadian women of Filipino and Korean heritage.

Western Eyes by Ann Shin, National Film Board of Canada

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2013 was a good year for butt augmentation and neck lifts

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their annual results on plastic surgery procedures in the U.S., reporting 15.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2013, a 3% increase from 2012.
Some of the findings were expected. For instance, breast implants remain the top cosmetic surgical procedure and Botox remained the top minimally invasive procedure. Interestingly, the procedures that are gaining popularity are buttock augmentation and neck lifts. Below are some of the most popular procedures Americans are going under the knife for.

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Eyelid surgery and facelifts are up. So are butt augmentations and neck lifts, according to new figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that show a steady increase in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures in the United States.
This was the fourth consecutive year of growth, the society reported, noting more than 15 million cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures were performed in 2013, an increase of 3 percent from the year before.
Nose jobs, liposuction and laser hair removal missed the boom, however. These procedures declined from the previous year, the report said.
Meanwhile, reconstructive surgeries increased by 2 percent, the society reported.
Better technology and new products, including a facial filler that uses hyaluronic acid (Juvederm Voluma) to treat mid-face volume loss as well as two types of silicone gel breast implants recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are likely the reason behind the upward trend, the society noted.
“The demand for plastic surgery remains strong, with our statistics showing increases in both cosmetic surgical and minimally invasive procedures,” said society president Dr. Robert Murphy.
“Facial rejuvenation procedures were especially robust last year, with more Americans opting for facelifts, forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, fillers and peels,” Murphy said in a society news release. “With new devices and products hitting the market each year, there are more options and choices available to consumers wanting to refresh their look or [undergo] a little nip and tuck.”
Of the 13.4 million minimally invasive procedures performed in 2013, the most common included:

  • Botox injections: 6.3 million injections, up 3 percent
  • Soft tissue fillers: 2.2 million procedures, up 13 percent
  • Chemical peels: 1.2 million procedures, up 3 percent

With more people taking steps to smooth out their wrinkles and folds, the report noted that Botox injections jumped 700 percent since 2000. And hyaluronic acid facial fillers have increased 18 percent since 2012.
There were also 1.7 million cosmetic surgeries in 2013, up 1 percent from a year ago. Among the most common procedures:

  • Breast augmentation: 290,000 procedures, up 1 percent
  • Nose jobs: 221,000 procedures, down 9 percent
  • Eyelid surgery: 216,000 procedures, up 6 percent
  • Liposuction: 200,000 procedures, down 1 percent
  • Facelifts: 133,000 procedures, up 6 percent

Silicone implants were used in 72 percent of all breast augmentations, while saline implants were chosen for 28 percent of these surgeries. The experts noted new technology offers women more natural looking and feeling results.
Butt augmentation with fat grafting and neck lifts are two new procedures also on the rise in the United States, according to the report.
There were 10,000 butt augmentation procedures performed in 2013, up 16 percent from 2012. More than 55,000 neck lifts were also performed last year, up 6 percent from the year before.
Reconstructive plastic surgery to improve both the appearance and function of abnormalities also increased 2 percent in 2013. The top reconstructive procedures performed last year include: tumor removal, up 5 percent from 2012; laceration repair, with 254,000 procedures; and scar revision.
Breast reconstruction, with 96,000 procedures, was up 4 percent last year.
“It’s promising to see breast reconstruction rates rising,” noted Murphy. “Less than 20 percent of breast cancer patients undergo breast reconstruction because they are not always informed of their options, although studies show that reconstruction greatly improves quality of life.”
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Plastic surgeons are seeing more patients who wish to undergo facial surgery, suggesting social media-posted selfies may be inspiring more Americans to consider plastic surgery.
The growing trend of taking selfies – a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken at arm’s length with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone – and posting them on Facebook, Twitter,  Snapchat, and Instagram, has been attributed to the increase in nose jobs and other reconstructive facial procedures.
Dr. Edward Farrior, President of the AAFPRS who conducted the research that posed these assertions, states in CBS News:

“Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with more self-critical eye than ever before. These images are often the first impressions young people put out there to prospective friends, romantic interests and employers, and our patients want to put their best face forward.”

According to an annual survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) of a select group of the organization’s 2,700 members revealed one in three plastic surgeons reported seeing an increase in requests for facial procedures by patients who wanted to look better online.

Between 2012 and 2013 they saw a 10 percent rise in nose jobs, a seven percent rise in hair transplants and a six percent rise in eyelid surgery, says the NY Daily News. In addition, 58 percent of the doctors surveyed noted having a growing number of patients under 30 seeking out services – in part because of social media images like selfies.
Nose jobs (rhinoplasty) are the most popular elective surgical procedure conducted among those in the under 35 crowd – accounting for 90 percent of women, and 86 percent of men respectfully. And while women account for nearly 80 percent of plastic surgeries for face and eye lifts, men are becoming more determined to keep their hair and combat wrinkles.
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As gravity takes its toll (plus a loosening of the muscles and tissue, as well as changes in the amount and positioning of fat), the face and certain areas of it can take on a saggy appearance. Collagen and elastin are essential for firm skin but they both break down over the years. As this happens and fat is lost, there is a weakening of the internal support structure that keeps skin where it needs to be.
Get Rid of A Saggy Neck With A Necklift
Many women simply forget to treat the area below the chin, but nothing screams your age like a saggy neck with wrinkles and bands. Neurotoxins can soften the bands, but the only way to get rid of the turkey wattle is with a necklift. During the procedure, the weak muscles of the neck are tightened up and loose skin is excised. Tightening the neck muscles and skin is key when fixing a saggy neck.
Tighten Lax Skin With A facelift
The only permanent way to fully correct skin laxity in the neck and face is with surgical excision. As we age, the soft tissue of the face deflates and descends creating an aged appearance. Because the fibrous attachments between the skin and the deeper structures are looser in some areas more than others, some parts of the face, like the lower cheeks, midface and neck, may experience more drooping—this accounts for the classic signs of aging: jowls, loose skin on the neck and deep smile lines.  A facelift re-elevates and repositions the skin, reclaiming the position it once had. With most facelift surgeries, but not all, volume needs to be restored to the areas where it has been lost from to create a fully rejuvenated look. The face becomes hollow with age and if we just the skin in just tightened and volume isn’t replaced, you can actually look older.

Minimize Loose Skin With Skin Tightening Treatments
Near infrared technology is used to penetrate deep heat to the deepest layers of tissue. This stimulates collagen production and tightens lax skin. Nearly any patient seeking fuller, tighter skin can benefit from laser skin tightening as a safe, noninvasive and effective procedure. The laser skin tightening procedure can be fully customized to help each patient receive the best possible results, depending on the skin condition, size and location of the targeted area and the strength of the laser exposure. Treatments should be performed once every two weeks for a total of 6, followed by quarterly maintenance.
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