|Before-and-after photo of a typical Asian woman's cosmetic surgery on her face.|
When Taiwanese actress Lin Chi-Ling recently denied accusations from the media that she had breast enhancement surgery, I was curious about the popularity of plastic surgery in Asia and was surprised by the facts. Six Asian nations are among the Top 25 Countries with the most plastic surgery procedures done since 2011. According to Economist Online, America has the most cosmetic enhancements than any other country in the world but when you factor in the population per capita, South Korea is No. 1 with Italy at #2 and Greece at #3, while Asian nations were Taiwan #6, Japan at #7, Thailand #22, China #24, and India at #25.
At 38 years-old, Lin is stunning and considered one of the island nation's most beautiful women but the Asian paparazzi has been tough on Asian celebrities, who may have some work done to enhance their looks. The Asian tabloids have gone so far to release before-and-after photos of these celebrities which put them on-the-spot in most cases.
Like Hollywood, the Asian Entertainment industry is a tough business and there is no question that many of its celebrities have gone under the knife in order to "standout" among the beautiful people.
How rampant is plastic surgery in Asia? Asians are obsessed with plastic surgery.
With data compiled by market research company Trend Monitor, Asian nations are obsessed with nose jobs, breast enhancement, double eyelid surgery, and lipoplasty (elimination of fat). Nose jobs are popular in South Korea, Japan, and China. Breast enhancement is favored in South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Double eyelid surgery, in which the skin around the eye is reshaped and enlarged for wider eyes, is a trend in South Korea, Taiwan, and other East Asian countries. Lastly, lipoplasty is also popular, eliminating body fat with high-frequency sound waves.
Some cite the rise of Korean pop music and its stars, who routinely go under the knife, may have attributed to a surge in plastic surgery procedures in South Korea over the past few years. The survey found that 1 in 5 South Korean women have had some cosmetic work done.
Asian women, who have plastic surgery, tend to do more work on their face and breasts, so the transformation is more noticeable than other ethnic women. The popularity of double eyelid and nose procedures has not come without criticism. Many believe that Asian women, who perform these two surgeries, are trying to imitate their Western counterparts and dislike "looking Asian." Those arguments may be unfair but they have an undying belief that having bigger eyes and a good-looking nose is beautiful.
|Lin Chi-Ling (photo courtesy of jingdianmeinv)|
Today, Asian women have more freedom and are becoming empowered to do what they want in a male-dominated society. Plastic surgery is just one of the many options they have to improve their looks and boost their self-esteem. Many women, who undergo plastic surgery, look at cosmetic surgery as an investment.
Lin Chi-Ling is a representative of today's Asian woman, who has the freedom to make choices on anything she pleases. She doesn't have to answer to accusations from the media about her plastic surgery. She can keep her secret to herself. Besides, as long as people like the way she looks, the criticism doesn't matter in the end.
What do you think? Does having plastic surgery matter to you? How do you men feel about it? How do you women feel about it? Please leave your comments below.