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Thousands of South Korean women pay to undergo dangerous 'double-jaw' surgery - just so they can have a 'V-shaped' chin

Vanity over pain: An advertisement in a Seoul subway encourages women to have double-jaw surgery in order to have a smaller face

  • Surgery usually performed for medical reasons as involves realigning jaws
  • It take months to recover from and comes with risk of permanent damage
  • Women are embracing it as beauty treatment to get a slimmer face

 

A painful plastic surgery usually only performed for medical reasons is being embraced by South Koreans as the latest way to improve their appearance.

Double-jaw surgery is a radical solution to correct facial deformities and is usually carried out on people who are unable to chew properly due to an excessive over or underbite.

The bone-cutting procedure, that involves realigning the upper and lower jaws, takes months to recover from and carries various risks including permanent facial numbness or even paralysis.

Vanity over pain: An advertisement in a Seoul subway encourages women to have double-jaw surgery in order to have a smaller face

Vanity over pain: An advertisement in a Seoul subway encourages women to have double-jaw surgery in order to have a smaller face

But South Koreans are now being encouraged to undergo the risky operation in the name of beauty as one result of the surgery is often a slimmer jawline

A small face with a 'V-shaped' chin and jawline is considered a mark of feminine beauty in much of East Asia, along with a high-bridged nose and big eyes.

'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.

He added: '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.'

Risky: Another ad extolls the beauty virtues of the procedure - but it can take months to recover from and can leave some patients with facial paralysis

Risky: Another ad extolls the beauty virtues of the procedure - but it can take months to recover from and can leave some patients with facial paralysis

Despite the risks, the country's booming beauty business is keen to capitalise on the latest cosmetic surgery trend and posters advertising the procedure are rife.

One poster advertising a cosmetic clinic at a subway station in Seoul states they are: 'The double-jaw surgery clinic chosen by the pickiest ladies.' 

'Everyone but you has done it,' states another advert for the procedure on a bus.

A number of South Korean celebrities are also said to have had the op and then extolled on TV shows how it has given them a 'new life'.

Figures from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reveal South Korea has one of the highest per-capita rates of plastic surgery procedures in the world.

Pressure to be pretty: Cosmetic surgery is on the rise in South Korea and the beauty business is keen to capitalise on trends - with double-jaw surgery the latest must-have as another advert shows

Pressure to be pretty: Cosmetic surgery is on the rise in South Korea and the beauty business is keen to capitalise on trends - with double-jaw surgery the latest must-have as another advert shows

 

A doctor with the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons said the double-jaw procedure took off around four years ago when a Seoul dental clinic ran a major ad campaign promoting the cosmetic benefits.

As it became popular, plastic surgeons began offering the surgery, causing the price to fall and making it more affordable.

A recent study estimated the procedure had been performed 5,000 annually, but it did not differentiate between cosmetic and medically prescribed operations.

Some 52 percent of those who had taken the surgery suffered sensory problems such as facial numbness, the study said.

Shin Hyon-Ho, a medical malpractice lawyer in Seoul, said he had seen cases where the surgery had resulted in chronic jaw pain, a skewed mouth, misaligned teeth and an inability to chew or smile.

He said: 'The number of plastic surgery-related cases is growing ... with complications becoming more serious.'

This was illustrated last August when a 23-year-old killed herself after having double jaw surgery.

She left a suicide note explaining her desperation after the surgery had left her unable to chew food or stop crying due to nerve damage in a tear duct.

The doctor from the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, who would not be identified, told international news service AFP: '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.

'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.'

 

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Comment by Kamilah M on June 4, 2013 at 10:27pm
Black people are tall? Hmmm...
Comment by carolyn johnson on June 1, 2013 at 8:11am

girl got to do what what a girl gotta do

Comment by Bobby on May 31, 2013 at 9:27am

I was stationed in Korea and they are VERY vain. They associate any kind of tan with being "labor class" (like you work in the fields) so they carry parasols to stay pale. 

Comment by Bombahdrop on May 31, 2013 at 1:06am
@lynz Heeeeey lolz and you know this hahaha, see how we stay lynz more people learn to love the body they are in, no matter what, there would be no deformities or fatalities . If her face was made to look like a cave man it must be for a reason, You shouldnt Alter it but embrace it, accentuate it, but you know how these kinds of people think by now, they worship vanity.
Comment by lynz on May 31, 2013 at 12:41am
Yes @ Bombahdrop we r both passion fruits hehe ;) awoa
No artificial clone bznz
Comment by Bombahdrop on May 31, 2013 at 12:38am
SuperHero Chin oh lawwwwd bwahahaha hilarious Clayon, From the first time i see the picture i just thought she looks better than before but since you pointed out the superhero chin from before I do see the resemblance of a superhero's chin lmao @ lynz glad I could make someone smile (smiling bak at you) as usual always on point sister "Don't insult God"
Comment by lynz on May 30, 2013 at 11:27pm
@ Bombahdrop...gyal u got me di laff so haad noh..a kyah tek no mo. Love how yuh handle yuhself sistren! !!
What if the model is a twin? I see a lot of twins where one's face is so cute in shape & the other 1 face bigger, longer...etc.
Anyway, we humans are God's GREATEST MASTERPIECE. Don't insult God!!
Comment by CariBBlooD926 on May 30, 2013 at 10:34pm

#DEAD @ "super hero chin", though!! 

Comment by Dark Angel on May 30, 2013 at 10:19pm

hero chin,lolololololololololololol,well,well.This site is off the hook.

Comment by Clayon Buzz on May 30, 2013 at 6:47pm

big up all the proud woman

that nu fake up

even if you have on a little make up 

just imagine a man breeding her not

knowing the jaw history the kids

are going to have the super hero chin then

all am saying is natural woman

a little weave yes make up

no silicone woman 

are surgery addicted

 

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