As all cosmetic surgeons know, doctors have different considerations when working with different patient populations – and Asian patients are no exception. The K-pop surgery phenomenon has led to a distinct set of beauty standards and concerns for the Asian population. It’s no wonder, then, that doctors are performing more and more of these kinds of surgeries that are specific to the Asian population. These six plastic surgeries are the most popular in Asia, and explain the massive influx of patients to the offices of Asian surgeons.
Blepharoplasty is what is commonly referred to as “double-eyelid surgery.” In this procedure, surgeons create an artificial crease in the Asian monolid. While some critics say this surgery has the effect of making Asian patients look “more white,” others argue that this standard of beauty – of wide, doe-like eyes – has been a part of Asian culture for centuries. Regardless, blepharoplasty is the number one most popular kind of surgery in South Korea, the plastic surgery capital of the world.
Rhinoplasty, or the “nose job,” is the second most popular surgery in South Korea, right behind blepharoplasty. This procedure slims the nose and proportions the face by creating an incision and restructuring the nose cartilage. Rhinoplasty is just as normalized as blepharoplasty in many parts of Asia, and is considered a routine procedure for a woman of a certain age. Many times, young women graduating from high school or college will receive a rhinoplasty as a gift from their parents.
The procedure plastic surgeons call a rhytidectomy is what we typically call a “face lift.” This procedure corrects visible signs of aging by creating incisions at the temples and, occasionally, the neck. A surgeon can also create better contour in the face by redistributing fat deposits to smooth the skin. Many plastic surgeons in Asia will recommend this procedure because of the popular babylike aesthetic for clients’ faces and skin – they desire a round, smooth face, just like that of a child (or anime character).
- Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is popular among Asian women, despite several surgical concerns unique to Asian patients. For example, Southeast and East Asian women may be dissuaded from large breast implants due to their petite frames, and Asian women may be more prone to certain types of scarring following the procedure. There are many types of breast augmentation surgeries, such as saline implants, silicone implants and fat transfer augmentation (in which fat from other areas of the patient’s body are transferred to the breast). Not all of them may be suitable for Asian patients, so consult with a surgeon such as Dr. Ellis Choy.
- Lip Reductions
According to Byrdie, lip reductions are the number one surgical procedure in all of Asia right now! While Western nations may value the appearance of full, “Kylie Jenner”- esque lips, Asian women desire thinner lips. In this procedure, the plastic surgeon creates an incision along the lip line and tucks the excess tissue inside the mouth. This results in an artificial lip line with the delicate appearance many Asian women desire.
- Non-Surgical Treatment
Despite the popularity of plastic surgery in Asia, Medical Daily writes that Asians are increasingly accepting and seeking non-surgical cosmetic procedures as well. These options may be attractive to patients because they come with less risk and shorter recovery times. Non-surgical treatments include botox, chemical peels and fat freezing for women; additionally, doctors expect a boom in hair growth therapy for men within the next couple of years.