The Issue with South Korea's Cosmetic Surgery Culture Isn't the Actual Surgery

Last summer in Seoul, I was approached by a college student on a subway. She asked me who my plastic surgeon was.

To be clear: I have never gotten any plastic surgery, but I cannot say the same for thousands of South Korean girls who have undergone surgery or intend to in the near future. When and how this became such a commonplace practice remains unclear, but cosmetic surgery is undeniably ingrained in Korea's culture. This, however, is not a phenomenon exclusive to Korea, but rather is a trend extending to the entire Southeast Asian region. I am simply honing in on Korea beca