South Korean Government is "Anti-Plastic Surgery" and So Are Chinese Thespians [Weekly Round-Up]

Princess 19 on 17 Feb 2012 at 12:00pm

South Korea may have the second highest number of cosmetic procedures per person in the world (Hungary is #1), but there's a growing opposition happening in the heart of their so-called "beauty belt." 

The increasing popularity of cosmetic procedures has spurned websites with thousands of followers wanting to hear about the latest and greatest, according to The Vancouver Sun.  Korean celebrities like  pop star Goo Hara [right] have openly admitted to procedures such as eyelid surgery, fillers for her nose, and veneers.  Her honesty about having work done is helping make the once traditionally conservative culture openly accepting of these things.  But some critics are saying that such glamorization is bad because they ignore the risks involved.

south korea plastic surgery“Many plastic surgeons only highlight the positive side of cosmetic surgery ... there have even been cases reported where doctors have had patients sign a consent form whilst on the operating table,” said Kwon Seon-hwa, deputy manager of the Korea Consumer Agency.

Because of this, a billboard campaign was launched "Against Plastic Surgery" within the Gangnam district known as the "beauty belt," where the many clinics operate.

To think that a patient could be on the operating table ready for surgery when they are asked to sign a consent form is inconceivable to us.  It's wise that the government wants to encourage caution when seeking a cosmetic procedure, but we hope they eventually find another way to do it than by campaigning "against plastic surgery." If there are that many procedures happening in Korea, it's obvious many of them have positive results. 

If you're curious what you should ask a doctor before letting them perform anything on your body, click here

In other news...

  • The Beijing Film Academy in China plans to ban potential students from enrollment who have had plastic surgery or gotten a tattoo.  According to a school official Wang Jinsong, "The changes in their faces or other parts of the body might lead to body coordination problems and the scars left might affect their performance when they depict a figure in a play." Really? That 1976 eyelid surgery sure hasn't stopped Betty White. [ChinaDaily]
  • Whitney Houston FaceliftApparently Whitney Houston (RIP) was refused a facelift two weeks before she died, because she didn't pass the medical checks. [FOX News]
  • British health officials are "unconvinced" at the effectiveness of Botox for migraines. [BestMedicalCover].  (FYI the FDA recently approved the marketing of Botox for migraines in the US, and in extreme cases insurance may cover it.)
  • Scottsdale plastic surgeon, Dr. James Nachbar recently shared his tips for picking a plastic surgeon on the local news.  One VERY good one?  Make sure they are board-certified in their speciality. [ABC 15]

What do you think about this week's stories? Have you heard any other big news in the world of medi-beauty?

Photo credit:  Flickr by GooHaraIstheBest;; asterix611on Flickr