In the West, one doesn’t see such radical procedures. Westerners don’t want to look like another person; they want to look like a prettier version of themselves. Not so in Korea. People want to look like neonatal Anime cartoons or something, if one is to judge the ideal outcomes presented on GlobalCindy.com, the website for Korea’s most renowned plastic surgery clinic, Cinderella. One observes this, as well in the large genre of Korean “Before and After” plastic surgery videos on YouTube. This could be because it seems that most people getting plastic surgery are kids receiving it as a High School graduation gift. Many are boys,
who chop off their jaws, to make themselves look prepubescent for the rest of their lives!
By far, the most upsetting procedures involve achieving the “V-line” effect. I’d never heard of or conceived of this before. I never knew that having a “V-shaped” face could be considered to be desirable. In fact, I grew up thinking that having a “strong chin” and being “square-jawed” were desirable traits, giving one a bold appearance and looking strong. I grew up with a lot of models and there is a technique in posing , to clench one’s jaw, to accentuate one’s square jawline! Being a “Chinless Wonder” is not aspirational in the West!
Some of the people seen here have been mangled in a way that was a total disservice to them, by catering to their own (and their cultural) Dysmorphic Body Disorder. They looked more beautiful with their authentic square jaws and Mongolian eyes. In other cases, the patients did have serious faciocranial deformities.
Korean High School graduates have their jaw bones chopped in half and sawed off, losing almost half of their faces! Faces are made even more unrecognizable with double-lid surgery and nose jobs, inserting prosthetics, to create a high bridge, to conform to idealized ratios between facial features in the Korean imagination.
There’s an unmistakable transhumanist feeling to this approach. Beauty, from a biological perspective is a signal of reproductive health. These fake-faced people are duping each other into marriage. What will happen when they have kids? The offspring will likely also be customers of these Anime character-producing clinics.
It will be interesting to keep tabs on this vast generation of massively surgically-enhanced kids, as these procedures require a lot of maintenance and some might not be able to keep up.