October 26, 2009 11:11
A straw poll suggests that nearly 90 percent of Korean women would have plastic surgery to feel better about themselves. The Chosun Ilbo asked 232 women in their 20s and 30s who visited the website of matchmaking specialist Duo during Sep. 8 to 17 whether they had ever thought about getting plastic surgery. Some 86.6 percent answered yes. When asked whether they would get plastic surgery if it could help them get over anxiety about their looks or if they had the money, almost all or 98.3 answered yes.
Only one in 50 respondents or 1.7 percent said they did not wish to undergo plastic surgery. None said personality rather than looks is what matters.
Some 58.2 percent or 135 of respondents said they already had plastic surgery. Eyelid surgery was the most popular, followed by nose jobs, liposuctions, face lifts and other kinds. Some 82.2 percent (111) said they had gotten plastic surgery to help them get over anxiety about their looks, while 8.9 percent (12) said they wanted their looks to help them find jobs, while 6.7 percent (9) said they wanted to appeal to the opposite sex.
Compared to a survey Duo did in 2003, more women aspire to look better. Then, only 66.3 percent of r552 women in their 20s and 30s surveyed said they would get plastic surgery, while 20.7 percent said they did not and 13 percent said personality is more important than looks.
The largest and most dependable survey on perceptions about cosmetic surgery in Korea is a 2005 Gallup Korea poll of 1,507 men and women over 20. One in 20 respondents or 5.4 percent of the entire group surveyed said they had cosmetic surgery, and 11.7 percent of female respondents in their 20s and 30s. Out of the 1,426 respondents who did not have plastic surgery, 16.5 percent said they had considered going under the knife. Among female respondents in their 20s and 30s, two out of five or 38.3 percent said they had thought about it.
What is the reason behind what seems to be a five-fold increase in the number of people who said they had plastic surgery in the new survey, or 58.2 percent compared 11.7 percent in the Gallup poll four years ago? Experts cite the passage of time and the difference between Internet surveys and interview surveys.
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