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Plastic Surgery in Korea



Plastic Surgery in Korea is extremely popular. Walk around Gangnam and you'll find more than 500 Plastic Surgery clinics, in Gangnam alone! So we're gonna talk about it a bit in this week's TL;DR. What's Korea's perception on Plastic Surgery? Why is it so popular here and why is it not as taboo as it is in the west? What kind of trends are emerging as a result of so much plastic surgery? We'll talk about all this and more in this week's video!

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Author Mister 010 ( ago)
I think plastic surgery is popular in korea and not taken negatively, mainly because everyone is doing it. If it was only few, then others might criticize them or etcs, but due to many types of insecurities and many types of plastic surgeries, koreans are accepting them like they accept cough medicines or etcs. With majority of people taking it as a good thing, the few minority that don't like plastic surgery will be suppressed.
In a way, it is like language, different countries have different languages, and as such, different cultures and etcs.
I personally am neutral regarding this. Those who feel like they need to adopt plastic surgery can do it but I would recommend for them to not take it beyond the limit and damage themselves.

Author leon jo ( ago)
I did not know what a double eye lid until recently. ..... I personally find monolids beautiful, like why do you need a double eye lid anyway? AND YES MARTINA YOUR NOSE IS CUTE AND LET THOSE FREAKS FUCK OFF SAME GOES TO ANYONE WHO ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO LOOK IN ACCORDANCE TO THEIR OWN TASTES

Author Fatih Toma ( ago)
Don't get yourself a Korean girl/boy because you don't know what they looked like before you met them.

Author lhejein ( ago)
Now I know why almost every female in korea looks the same. They have a certain beauty standard.

Author Miles Cumminski ( ago)
Plastic does have fake like implications so that is why these types of surgery are now called cosmetic surgery here in the States.

Author nabila shukri ( ago)
only east asian have monolids..south east asian mostly have double eyelids..

Author Shinji's Dad ( ago)
I honestly think that there's nothing wrong with plastic surgery. It's their body, they should be allowed to do what they want with it.
Also if plastic surgery gives them an esteem boost I'm glad for them. Getting confidence is important

Author Devilishly Hungry ( ago)
If you never had plastic surgery... wouldn't you stick out like a sore thumb in Gangnam Korea? I would feel so insecure but I'm also curious how true the media portrays it.

Author Dios del Tamal ( ago)
This is interesting, here in Mexico you have to attach your picture to the resume in many jobs.

Author Heather Strickland ( ago)
I do have an understanding that there are tourists that come there just to have surgery done, do you know any formats, blogs, or better yet a medical site that show me which ones might be the best and convenient for someone who is a foreigner, because I've looked everywhere in America and they don't produced any similar results and I guess I've always inspired the idea of Asian culture more so for its art and I know that seems very extreme because with plastic or reformed surgery, because they say you shouldn't change for anyone but yourself but you still be labeled as very vain and that's the nice version of it but as they say you'll be damned if you do, be damned if you don't, meaning people will mock and or criticize you for your choices or you'll be forever miserable. so any suggestions and to be specific I'm looking for one that specializes in foreigners that have a lot of tourists coming to their particular Clinic?

Author Loyda Perez ( ago)
I want go to Korea only to do plastic surgery; touring too but mostly plastic surgery. I hate my double chin and probably also get lighter skin and a minor nose job. I would even bring my photo with my favorite snapchat filter and simply say, "fix my face, please!" Lol

Author Alexis Hendricks ( ago)
What does Korea think of redheads? I mean it's probably nothing, just want to know.

Author Nijidesu ( ago)
Not all Asians have monolids XD I'm Singaporean and I have double eyelids. A third one appears occasionally when I am sleep deprived lol.
Now I know why I kept saying everyone looks the same whenever my friend shows me pictures of KPOP idols... Most of them have some form of plastic surgery :(
Edit: Here in Singapore, it is actually kinda rare to find someone with monolids(well to me anyway). My brother has monolids and I don't know who he got it from since my whole family has double... Probably from my great grandparents.

Author Pks ( ago)
m a new subscriber .. damnn i love ur videos just in 5days i almost watched half of your videos i guess😂😂

p.s. i loved the part where that guy with bussiness card said u should get ur nose fixed and u were like u should fuck yourself😂😂😂😂😂😂 Savage😂

Author Cing Kim ( ago)
Unni hara did surgery because she have thick eyelid that's why she do it :p

Author sugar angel ( ago)
honestly, this is my least favorite tl;dr video. s&m just sound super judgemental.

Author 啊啊啊 ( ago)
"You should fix your nose"

"You should go f--k yourself" LMAOOOOOO

Author y.s.l ( ago)
jew faces

Author sthefannygonzaga ( ago)
actually, the original meaning of plastic is something that can be remolded, so it's the same meaning as the korean name

Author IceCream Burritos ( ago)
If I could have one plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery done to myself is to lighten my skin tone. I'm really tan, so I would like my skin to be as white as a Korean's skin tone.

Author Prinetta ( ago)
In Germany it's "Schönheitsoperation", which means "beauty operation". We also have to add a professional picture of ourselves to our résumé most of the time, I didn't know that that's not the case in other countries.

Author Noriega Palone ( ago)
Swamp donkey!!! LMFAO! Gotta use that later...

Author MsAmuay20 ( ago)
Swear to God, I don't trust beautiful people because of plastic surgeries. And I can't tell them apart sometimes because they want to look the same. That's creepy.

Author watcharapon srikun ( ago)
Wow.. i'm feeling that the way they make a "Joke" is just like what Asian did..

Author Baze Reshed ( ago)
I'm really surprised that simon doesn't like his nose I always thought he had a good nose😕

Author Sulli ( ago)
Swamp donkey.

Author BTS broke the internet. When will your faves? ( ago)
Never expected to see Arabic subs.

Author iseeflowers ( ago)
Not sure why many do plastic surgery for double eyelids when monolid is not bad. Monolid people can put eyelid tape to create double eyelid so they can have both types. And monolid doesn't sag as much as double lid when aging.

Author Crystal D'souza ( ago)
franch uff awesome

Author Cheese Cake ( ago)
Imo getting plastic surgery robs a person of their greatest opportunity in developing self-acceptance. Basically shooting yourself in the foot confidence wise. The general feel a confident person gives off is on an entirely different level than a nice looking face.

Author Emi エミ ( ago)
Maybe one day when everyone looks the same from plastic surgery there will be a trend to look unique? Lmao. I feel like the ideal look for plastic surgery came from the "ulzzang" or best face trend. There's no doubt that european face features are kind of admired too...a lot of people want that high nose bridge and wide deep set eyes. The eye puff surgery is by far the weirdest to me. It makes you look cute but with some girls going overboard, they look so ill and creepy. A lot of famous korean actresses set a beauty trend with their plastic surgery too along with the music industry.

Author Lorena Abreu ( ago)
THANK YOU FOR BRINGING UP MINZY ABOUT THE NOSE JOB BECAUSE THAT "FAT LOSS" PRESS NONSENSE WAS BS hahaha

Author 왜때문에 ( ago)
번역하기 쉽기위해 저렇게 댓글을 달았지만

한국에 살면서 도대체 뭘보고 저런 대가리없는 영상을 만드셨는지

제 머리로는 도저히 이해가 안되네요

그 텅 빈 머리로 열심히 관심을 끌려고 이런 영상들을 만드시는지요?

Author 왜때문에 ( ago)
난 이 사람들이 한국에 살았으면서 도대체 무엇을 보고 이런 영상들을 만드는 지 모르겠다

이는 한국에 대한 안 좋은 인식을 심으려는 의도로 밖에 보이지 않을 뿐이다

이 영상 뿐만이 아니라
'한국인은 흑인이 수영장에 들어가면 물이 더러워진다는 생각을 가지고 있다'등의
내용을 담은 왜곡된 사실을 서양권에 전파시킨다.

잘 알지 못하는 사실을 알리는 것은 그저 거짓말을 하는 것에 불과하다는 것을 알아라.

Author Mary Lopez ( ago)
Did she get dressed in the dark

Author Kimberly Adams ( ago)
Does anyone know a rough estimate of the percentage of Koreans/ Korean girls who get plastic surgery? I'm curious. Is it a majority or just quite a few?

Author Chezmeralda ( ago)
Idk why the way Simon says yes when Martina asks if aegyo-zilla is a gwaemul makes me laugh

Author LiquidSword ( ago)
That kind of surgery it's called "westernization" ✌

Author Cherry Garcia ( ago)
You dab when you need to sneeze! and shaving your chin to look different is still fake, sorry.

Author Maru Maugeri ( ago)
I like this channel a lot!! you're so adorable,hugs from Argentina c:

Author Kensley The Potato ( ago)
Martina's face at 3:55 describes my life.

Author FluffyUnicorn ( ago)
Is it true that Korea believe if you are good guy the boon will make you good looking? so in the past they believe the ugly people is bad/evil people?
I hear it from someone live in Korea but it does not make sense so it hard to believe for me.

Author Gab Desch ( ago)
I feel korean girl looks all the time

Author PC k ( ago)
Well you can think of it as an evolutionary advantage:
-> good looks won't contribute to the gene advantage, rather other abilities in life will be prioritized, because everyone has the potential to look good

Author Kyleigh Rae ( ago)
Plastic surgery was actually invented before plastic was. The word plastic actually comes from the Greek word plastikos, meaning to form. It's interesting how the connotation has changed over time!

Author taettoot ( ago)
The east asians /japanese/korean/chinese are known as the ones who have mono/single eyelids and the southeast asians thai/vietnamese/filipino are the asians who have double eyelids naturally and only 15% of east asians are able to have double eyelids naturally

Author Ural0001 ( ago)
Gookies are weirdos

Author LittleLazyKitty ( ago)
"You should fix your nose"
"You should go f*** yourself"
Haha guys you are so funny XDD

Author LeaKyraR ( ago)
In my country plastic surgery is called something like... beauty surgery.. so it's not a bad thing at all but you won't find a lot of people getting plastic surgery done

Author Celina Guajardo ( ago)
You guys are adorable. Hugs from Mexico.

Author dinnae ( ago)
The 'plastic' in plastic surgery also means 'remodeling', so it's actually pretty much the same as the Korean term.

Though I suppose people could have the connotation that you mentioned because the same word is more commonly used for the material (which, in turn, is called that way because it can easily be formed into different shapes).

Author watch EXO MONSTER ( ago)
is removing mole considered as plastic surgery? ! really ?! I though like u said for a health care ! I noticed this double eyelid stuff long ago in Asians and in my country we actually have nickname similar to that to call them !

Author Xissy Chen Kun ( ago)
I'm a special snowflake~

Author GacktSe7en ( ago)
I was born with double eye lids and I'm Asian. But yea me too never knew about the eye lids till people was pointing it out around me.

Author Anie Ferreira ( ago)
jajjaja i love my horrible nose :-D. Hugs from Uruguay!!

Author zara chew ( ago)
In Singapore, we don't need to put photo in resume! Cheers! We are talking about capability:)

Author hoa thối ( ago)
North Korea except for the leader is much more normal than South

Author Yos ( ago)
why u put a negative connotation in plastic surgery in all the video?

Author iScream Love ( ago)
Everyone is sitting here saying "plastic surgery is wrong!" But also make fun of people they think is ugly ooooooor you're okay with you're "unnie" or "oppa" getting it.

Like it's not your body. Screw your opinion.

If they want to get PS then just shrug it off because it's not you. I watched this video where a girl got her nose done but made sure to specify that she's still respects herself.

PS =/= someone addicted to surgery
PS =/= someone who values their looks over EVERYTHING ELSE
PS =/= make you less talented

PS DOES NOT MAKE YOU LESS HUMAN.

Author SugarPinkCottonCandy ( ago)
In most of Europe you have to attach a photo to your resume as well...It's normal over here.
But I get your point!
Love your videos guys, always fun :D

Author Moana ( ago)
I've often said Korean women look alike, especially in K pop groups and what not, and people would get annoyed by that. Now I've come to find out they literally TRY to look alike and I was right!

Author 뱀뱀 (1172 years ago)
자기들이 뭘 안다고 ...... 참내 그렇게 일본좋아하고 한국에대해 안좋게 얘기하고 다니면서 왜 한국에서 사는지 이해가안되네 이 두사람이 희희덕거리는 모습만보고 좋아하는 사람들은 그들의 숨겨진 내면을 알게된다면 어떻게 변할까 정말 궁금하다. 이들이 이때까지 어떤 일들을 해왔는지 알게된다면. 볼만하겠지

Author Bebbe ka ( ago)
does simon wear foundation lmao flawless skin

Author Karimah Hazard ( ago)
southeast asians mostly have double eyelid.

Author ShinRyutora ( ago)
i am asian but i have a double eyelid...but the crease disappears if i look down...

Author Rei Allen Phillip Ramos ( ago)
I'm applying for a post-graduate studies offered by the korean governement. Now Im binge watching your videos bec they're so informative and kind of prepare me for what to expect. Hope I get accepted. Subscribed! :)

Author saniyauzumaki ( ago)
I am sorry but plastic surgery is PLASTIC. The only plastic surgery I would support is reformation surgery. I have insecurities but instead of going for plastic surgery which is not at all me I would rather live with them or find other alternatives which can ENHANCE my features. And I disagree with the word "enhance" used in plastic surgery cause you literally change your BONE STRUCTURE and also live with side effects. Although I would like to applaud Korea for the work they do as it may literally change lives of some people who had accidents or are acid victims.

Author mnguyea ( ago)
Basically, the Koreans or a lot of Asians want to look like Westerners as it is deemed more beautiful...double eye lid, widen eyes, lighten skin, higher nose bridge etc. Superficial. Kinda sad when you aren't proud of your own race features to look like another.

Author Ah Yeon ( ago)
luckily as an asian I have naturally big double eyelids.. The only thing I would do is maybe mole removal.. I always think that my nose isn't pointy enough & my v-line chin isn't define enough, but it's not that bad, that I would let someone cut my face :P

Author TheJuniorhits ( ago)
I really enjoy your videos, but recently a good friend of mine thinks she knows all about plastic surgery because of your videos. She thinks that every person has done plastic surgery, calling them "fake and all plastic", EVERYTIME someone mentions korean stars. Sure, a lot of Koreans and Korean Celebrities get plastic surgery, but there are still many who don't. She's not even really go to Korea because she's afraid people will force her to do plastic surgery. She's getting really stubborn. It is NOT only plastic surgery that makes them all look similar, it's ALSO MAKEUP. Many idols look the same only because they have the same makeup look. She believes in all these negative plastic surgery thoughts (that I'm not going to list because of privacy matters) because of random plastic surgery hate posts online. Our friendship is ending because of this. I try to avoid the argument but she won't stop hating on plastic surgery after watching this. I know it's not EYK's fault tho. Just a rant.

Author nio naalfaen ( ago)
I've been watch your video this thankyou, and one thing come to my mind who is the person that's make Criteria 'beautiful/handsome' in korea that makes they believe beautiful is balbalabala handsome is blablabla, maybe it happens in all over the country we have our own defitition of handsome and beautiful in each country, in my country definition of handsome and beautiful made by advertisement.

So a lot of people in my country thinks beautiful is who have great body slim, white skin, pointy nose, and blabla..

Author Superkoopatrooper ( ago)
I don't understand, Asian eyes are awesome. why would they want to make them more western?

Author B Schwarzwälder ( ago)
you guys are such a beautiful couple

Author Hulya Tunc ( ago)
Hi Guys I need a facelift can you recommend a plastic surgeon there that specializes in this.. If not can you recommend how I would find one in Korea

Author Noni Z ( ago)
Hiii! I'm curious about the mole remover. I have one on my face and am so scared to remove due to scarring because it's above my lip and below my nose. what's your recommendation in regards to finding the right clinic?

Author Pali Aha ( ago)
(2:29) "It sounds like it's more like, 'I'm a BUTTERFLY & I'm going to transform into a COCOON."
--isn't it the OTHER WAY AROUND?

Author Brian Orr ( ago)
@5:30 Joke worked :D I'm now rolling on the floor. THANKS GUYS!~

Author Cynthia Xiong (1576 years ago)
You have such nice skin, Simon. Shave off the beard. ;)

Author anže Stropnik ( ago)
she likes his big ''nose''

Author Simon and Martina ( ago)
French subtitles now up as well! Thank you very much for making them!

Author Laura Esteves ( ago)
the thing about resumes, I think its because you have to prove that its really you applying for the job

Author uutuber431 ( ago)
Martina has a monolid.

Author sHOoK biSH ( ago)
I dont really care if idols do ps because thats their job and its normal. What pisses me off/annoys/makes me sad is that normal citizens are too OBSESSED with beauty that its crazy -_______-

Author Wish.Berry ( ago)
Now I don't trust people's faces in Korea 😂😂

Author Awolfsince 1995 ( ago)
It just sounds so depressing to live in South Korea :( people there seem to pay too much attention on their appearance and can not stop putting efforts into it. It personally makes me feel like Korean people generally have low self-esteem. Their society weights appearance more than individual value....well more accurately, they weights appearance as individual value. China has this kind of sickness too. One time I was walking in the street and there was a guy, oddly came towards me and started analyzing my hair like : your hair looks dull, you must be lazy to put efforts into it . You need to have a new hairstyle and girls like your age should know better how to style themselves . Who wouldn't want to be beautiful . You won't find a bf unless you make a change to yourself .Here is my number and you should come to my saloon we will help you blah blah. I was like go fxck yourself! I felt so offended but he just thought he was being honest . Holy shit, what do they know about beauty.

Author Elle Andrea ( ago)
Reform Surgery?!?! Seriously?!?!?!

Author alfin syah ( ago)
u should fix ur nose?! 😂😂 i wonder if im the one who walk on gangnam? they probably say i should fix everything i had! 😂😂 crazy ps clinics..!

Author Laura Fountain ( ago)
The way I see plastic surgery has changed a lot since I got into kpop and more in particular Korean culture. I used to be totally against plastic surgery and hated the idea of anyone getting it and would absolutely never even ink of dating someone who's had plastic surgery but after looking into Korean culture and understanding the Korean mindset more I'm actually ok with it now !? I mean I'd never get it myself because I just do t feel the need to I'm perfectly fine the way I am and I would still rather people didn't get plastic surgery but if someone wants to get PS I'm fine with it now, it wouldn't bother me and I wouldn't choose not to date someone because they had plastic surgery. Basically it's up to them what they want to do with their bodies.

Author Arielle Yay ( ago)
In Germany it means Schönheitschirugie which means Beauty surgery, and we still think it's really negative.
But i agree language says a lot.

Author Curry Rice ( ago)
3:20 LOLOL

Author Syifa Haunan ( ago)
I looked up for 성괴 on google images and the result scared me out 😱

Author Valintina Broken ( ago)
Can't stop watching your vids now! So good you guys are such a cute couple as well :D

Author LadySephora ( ago)
I didn't even think about mole removal, I'll be thinking of that when I want to get one removed.
this video really changed my mind about plastic surgery.

Author MagesticDragon ( ago)
Well I'm Korean (Korean-American technically), but I honestly don't disagree with surgery, it's more like I don't want to get it done. Honestly if I'm ugly, so be it, but I don't want to change myself just so I can look more 'attractive'. People can get plastic surgery done, I'm just not going to do it. Anyways I live in the US, so who cares,

Author Simon and Martina ( ago)
Lovely! Danish subtitles are now up as well! Thank you to whoever made them, you beautiful person :D

Author amesakurako1 ( ago)
I remember having to get a work photo taken at this photo place in Shanghai, somebody was photoshopping my face right in front of me, and it wasn't like removing spots it was like completely changing the shape of my jaws/making my eyes bigger/hair more volumous etc. Was extremely annoyed by that to say the very least!

Author mia.notmya ( ago)
A swampdonkey YESSS HAHAHA

Author Katie L ( ago)
living for martinas eyeliner in this vid <3

Author Rainy Aesthetic ( ago)
The only plastic surgery that I would get is mole removal.

Author María Fernanda Figueroa ( ago)
Al diablo la ingenieria. Me voy a trabajar de cirujano plastico a Corea.

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