It is a well-documented fact that South Korea is the plastic surgery Mecca of the world. The country’s obsession with surgically enhanced beauty is increasingly becoming eerie as a South Korean band, Six Bomb, made a comeback after all four band members underwent extensive plastic surgery.
For their new single, the band members underwent surgical procedures from nose jobs to breast implants. The single, "Becoming Prettier (After)," showcases the results of their plastic surgery.
Dain, the lead singer of the band, had her breasts enlarged and her cheekbones shaved to make her face look smaller for the song. "We all wanted to get some surgeries done to look prettier... and thought, 'Why not perform a song about it instead of trying to conceal it?'" she said.
“People will notice it anyway... so we wanted to be open about this reality where many women want to look pretty," she added.
The procedures, totaling around $90,000, were funded by the band’s management. Kim Il-Woong, the band’s manager said, “Almost every kind of surgery that could be done on a face and breast implants was funded by the management.”
Woong also slammed other celebrities who went under the knife but refuse to come “out of the closet.”
K-pop bands are very strictly controlled by their management. They are dictated what to eat, wear, sing and even what operations to undergo.
However, it is not only celebrities who frequently go under the knife. The popularity of the surgical business has swept in the Korean society as well. Locals as well as visitors from Asia and the rest of the world flock to Seoul to enhance or completely change their looks. Cosmetic surgery in the country is also cheaper than in other parts of the world and hence the “medical” tourism.
These before and after surgery images will surely leave you spellbound:
The kind of obsession Koreans have apparently developed with altering their looks borders on disturbing. According to a survey, one in five women in Seoul has had some type of procedure done.
"My cousin had her nose and eyes done, my mom had her eyes done, and my aunts had noses and eyes done, all in Korea," a California-born Korean American said in an interview last year.
However, the procedures may not be as fascinating as they look. In order to explore the ugly side of these beauty procedures, Ji Yeo, a Korean photographer, created a powerful photo series, "Beauty Recovery Room," in which she captured the behind-the-scenes blood and gore at plastic surgery clinics.
Here are some of the disturbing images from her series [WARNING: graphic content]
According to a study, South Koreans have the highest rate of going under the knife compared to any other country in the world. In 2012, the country earned $453 million just through tourists coming in for these procedures.
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