South Korea has recently come under fire for its extreme plastic surgery. We covered a recent story where Korean women were becoming so-called clones of beauty, but now, the country has made headlines again – this time, it’s for a controversial plastic surgery called a “double jaw” procedure.
According to news source The Raw Story, this newly heralded surgery has been all the rage as celebrities in the country are boasting their new look on TV, claiming the procedure had given them a “new life.”
The procedure involves realigning the upper and lower jaws, but not without cutting the bones that make up the jawline. It promises a slimmer jawline which has Korean men and women raving about the procedure since it can give women a smaller face with a V-shaped, finely-cut chin, while men can improve their jawlines and get rid of a double chin.
“This surgery alters your look far more dramatically than, say, Botox or a nose job because it changes your entire facial bone structure,” said Choi Jin-Young, a professor in dentistry at Seoul National University.
“But it’s a very complex, potentially dangerous surgery … it’s disturbing to see people with no real dental flaws daring to go through it just to have a small, pretty face,” Choi told AFP.
The cosmetic surgery treatment takes months to recover from and it can even damage nerves in the face leading to numbness or paralysis.
South Korea has the highest capita rate of plastic surgery among all other countries, and is known for offering some of the most radical procedures compared to other areas of the world.
As for double-jaw surgery, some doctors say it is still too risky a procedure.
“If we are seeing more complications, that’s largely because the sheer number of people getting the surgery has increased rapidly in such a short period of time,” said one Korean doctor.
“Yes, it was originally invented to correct a dental deformity, but you can’t blame someone for getting the surgery to look good, especially in a place like the South where beauty, especially for women, pretty much trumps it all,” the doctor said.
ACHIEVING THE PERFECT CHIN: IS IT POSSIBLE AND SAFE?
South Korea is not the only country that places emphasis on beauty. Here in the United States, we also value beauty. Fortunately, though, for the most part, we do not subject ourselves to highly dangerous and controversial surgeries. When plastic surgery is done with a board-certified plastic surgeon, your procedure is generally safe and recovery is quick.
But when it comes to the perfect chin – which is quickly gaining traction in America – is it even possible without radical surgery? The chin implant is actually quite safe, and can lead to more symmetry and balance to the face. A small incision is made, and the implant is inserted and/or affixed to the jaw to increase the chin area, adding shape and definition. A chin implant surgery in San Diego can also reduce or completely remove a double chin – safely.
For more information on chin implant surgery and to discuss the risks and benefits, call Dr. Kincaid at his centrally-located La Jolla office at 858-450-4199.