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For love and money, Koreans turn to facial tucks (cosmetic surgery to change your luck)
IHT ^ | 05/14/06 | Su Hyun Lee

Posted on 05/14/2006 7:31:24 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

For love and money, Koreans turn to facial tucks By Su Hyun Lee The New York Times

SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2006

SEOUL Fat is something that most people would want to remove from their cheeks. Kim Eun Young, however, had her cheekbones plumped up by a cosmetic surgeon in the hope that her husband's business would blossom.

"People say that the fortunes of a husband and a wife go hand in hand," said Kim, 36, a housewife. "But I've never had plump cheeks and two fortune-tellers told me that this meant that money would slip away."

In South Korea, where cosmetic surgery and fortune-telling are national obsessions, it was perhaps inevitable that the two would eventually combine.

Men and women of all ages are increasingly undergoing plastic surgery so that a new nose with a straight bridge and distinct nodules, a slightly wide and protruding forehead, or sufficient cheekbones will bring wealth and the drive to take charge of their lives.

"One in 10 of my patients asks me to operate on them based on what they believe would bring good fortune in the future," said Lee Won Suk, a plastic surgeon.

Bigger eyes and cherry lips - with the size of the upper and lower lips balanced - are particularly popular with women going under the knife because they suggest happiness and love to come.

And for those wanting to ward off bad luck, the removal of dark spots - especially those under eyes, which are called "teardrops" and predict loneliness - is a must.

Physiognomy, or the art of face reading, has been practiced for centuries in Korea - as well as in other Asian countries - as a way of divining a person's future.

(Excerpt) Read more at iht.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cosmeticsurgery; face; fortunetelling; korea; luck; southkorea
Hmm...they now have a new branch of cosmetic surgery: the fortune-change surgery. A Scalpel will exise years of bad luck and introduce unending good fortune.

Someone will make a lot of money for sure. However, they won't get mine.:)

1 posted on 05/14/2006 7:31:27 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; OahuBreeze; yonif; risk; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 05/14/2006 7:31:56 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

You know the rules


3 posted on 05/14/2006 7:32:45 PM PDT by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

My cheekbones are quite plump enough, thankyouverymuch.

< |:)~


4 posted on 05/14/2006 7:32:52 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Korean ladies do not need this. IMHO.


5 posted on 05/14/2006 7:35:57 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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6 posted on 05/14/2006 7:36:11 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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Source

South Korean actress Song Hye-Kyo enjoys huge popularity among in Seoul and in Asia. As economic standards improve an increasing number of young ladies opt for plastic surgery in South Korea.

South Korean TV actress Han Ye-Seul. The popular actress recently went throught a plastic surgery as many other actresses do.

7 posted on 05/14/2006 7:36:27 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"But I've never had plump cheeks and two fortune-tellers told me that this meant that money would slip away."

Fortune-tellers? What do they know. They never win the lottery. Unless ripping off people is considered hitting the jackpot.

8 posted on 05/14/2006 7:46:40 PM PDT by CAWats (And I will make no distinction between terrorists and the democrats.)
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9 posted on 05/14/2006 8:23:15 PM PDT by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Here, they will call it feng shui surgery


10 posted on 05/14/2006 8:33:37 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm looking over Korean women's faces. There seems to be certain distinct ethnic features and the culture has always gravitated toward the "Japanese look" while the poorer look more Mongolian, etc. Am I right?

Also, pictures of females from the 1800s show a more masculine look, prematurely aged--and that's the wealthy people. Seems like they grew more softer and graceful over time and as wealth and health grow. Am I correct in that assumption?

Finally, as the trend for Korean women is to become more Japanese-looking, the trend with Japanese women is to look like European women, particularly American starlets. Am I correct?


11 posted on 05/14/2006 9:07:32 PM PDT by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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Holy cow, how could she get plastic surgery? How could any human be more beautiful than that? She looks like she has character, intelligence, and youth combined. (Of course I realize she's just an actress and thus most probably an idiot and a slut, but she looksamazing.)
12 posted on 05/14/2006 9:12:59 PM PDT by Fairview
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There are different facial preference for S. Korea, China, and Japan. For example, the following is the one preferred by S. Koreans.

On the other hand, Japanese prefer the following faces.

These days Japanese are no longer the trend setter in S. Korea. It is true that people in S. Korea gravitate toward Western look, in both body and face. It is not uncommon to see 5'8'' girls these days. They are adored not frowned upon as they were used to.

In the legends and folklore of ancient Korea, there are many references to really tall men and women. I did not believe it much. However, watching so many young guys and girl towering over their parents(guys 6'4' and up, girls 5'8'' and up,) now I believe them.

13 posted on 05/14/2006 9:35:19 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I prefer the Korean face in the photos seen so far then I remember Margaret Cho


And this one is the most flattering photo I found.
14 posted on 05/14/2006 9:46:22 PM PDT by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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Forget about her. She is just an obnoxious pig.

15 posted on 05/14/2006 9:57:22 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

My Korean Kewpie Doll......She turns 67 today......!

16 posted on 05/14/2006 10:09:29 PM PDT by Jay Howard Smith (Retired(25yrs)Military)
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RE #16

Happy Birthday! Wish long life for both of you.

17 posted on 05/14/2006 10:11:08 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: martin_fierro

Good for her, she's beautiful.


18 posted on 05/14/2006 10:35:53 PM PDT by garylmoore (Homosexuality: Obviously unnatural, so obviously wrong.)
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To: Jay Howard Smith

Tell her we wish her a happy birthday!


19 posted on 05/14/2006 11:33:53 PM PDT by kenth
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To: TigerLikesRooster

At least these fortune tellers aren't telling these ladies to run off with the guy who sells flip flops at the flea market like they told my ex-korean-wife.


20 posted on 05/15/2006 8:56:42 AM PDT by Kokojmudd (Outsource GM to a Red State! Put Walmart in charge of all Federal agencies!)
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To: Jay Howard Smith

I hope I look that fabulous at 67. Happy Birthday to your wonderful wife!


21 posted on 05/15/2006 9:36:28 AM PDT by RepoGirl ("That boy just ain't right..." Hank Hill)
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Re #20

Well, you may have to buy a tailor-made voodoo curse on them from some other fortune-teller.:)

22 posted on 05/15/2006 7:46:39 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: sully777; TigerLikesRooster

It is interesting. I know some local European New Zealander girls that I feel a bit "Japanese" in looks. But they don't have any parents or grandparents that are Asians.

Also I remember someone who had albinism when at secondary school in Hong Kong before I came to NZ. His looks were very "Western" to my mind back then but of course he was as Chinese as everyone else in HK. In general, it is easy to distinguish HK Chinese from others and Japanese are easy to identify, but I have problems distinguishing between some Koreans and northern Chinese, or between Shanghaiese Chinese and Taiwanese.


23 posted on 05/17/2006 3:06:49 PM PDT by NZerFromHK (Leftism is like honey mixed with arsenic: initially it tastes good, but that will end up killing you)
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There are some overlap between N. Chinese and Koreans. As for Taiwanese and Shanghai Chinese, I have no idea how to tell the apart.:)

24 posted on 05/17/2006 5:03:37 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: sully777

korean women never 'gravitated toward the japanese look'. the trend is for japanese women to look more european but koreans never wanted to look japanese. korean celebrities don't try to change their ethnicity, if anything, most get surgery to enhance what they already have. celebrities like; lee yeon ae, han ga in, moon keun young, kim tae hee, lee yeon hee, kim ok bin and there's plenty others who haven't had surgery. truthfully, i think japan and china are just as 'obsessed' with plastic surgery. usually, the japanese with the 'Japanese look" have all had surgery to get that look so don't think that they're the prettiest asians.

http://k.daum.net/qna/kin/home/qdetail_view.html?boardid=HB&qid=0DAEO&q=%C7%D1%C0%CF%BA%BB%B9%CC%C0%CE

these pictures are of japanese celebrities. they speak for themselves


25 posted on 08/23/2006 8:58:38 PM PDT by anonym0us
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To: sully777

korean women never 'gravitated toward the japanese look'. the trend is for japanese women to look more european but koreans never wanted to look japanese. korean celebrities don't try to change their ethnicity, if anything, most get surgery to enhance what they already have. celebrities like; lee yeon ae, han ga in, moon keun young, kim tae hee, lee yeon hee, kim ok bin and there's plenty others who haven't had surgery. truthfully, i think japan and china are just as 'obsessed' with plastic surgery. usually, the japanese with the 'Japanese look" have all had surgery to get that look so don't think that they're the prettiest asians.

http://k.daum.net/qna/kin/home/qdetail_view.html?boardid=HB&qid=0DAEO&q=%C7%D1%C0%CF%BA%BB%B9%CC%C0%CE

these pictures are of japanese celebrities. they speak for themselves


26 posted on 08/23/2006 8:59:30 PM PDT by anonym0us
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the two pictures you posted are both korean, in case you didn't know. the top is kim tae hee and the bottom is choi ji woo. kim tae hee is all natural but choi ji woo had her nose defined. if you see her old pictures, she looks like she does now, there hasn't been a drastic change.

i don't understand why there's so many people bashing koreans. and i don't understand why oprah and tyra banks had a segment about plastic surgery obsession in korea when obviously, they both had works done to their noses and when a hit series like Dr. 90210 is so popular in america. what ticks me off more is that oprah winfrey had lisa ling, a CHINESE woman, come onto the show to talk on behalf of KOREANS on why surgery is popular is SOUTH KOREA.


27 posted on 08/23/2006 9:08:34 PM PDT by anonym0us
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Don't worry about Chinese. They are sour losers on this matter. Cosmetic surgery fad is a serious problem, but Chinese would love to think that all pretty Korean women did it.

28 posted on 08/24/2006 1:34:25 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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