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Cosmetic Surgery

November 26, 2013

“Personal beauty is a greater recommenation that any letter of reference.” – Aristotle


Throughout the day, media bombards us with images of beautiful people. The message – sometimes subtle, often overt – is that doors open and success comes from a beauiful appearance. Also, you should buy the products the beautiful people are endorsing because a product’s quality is directly related to the beauty of the seller’s face. (<– yes, that is sarcasm). Although there is truth in the effect of beauty on people’s perceptions (see Aristotle’s quote above, as well as the Halo Effect), does society focus too much on outer appearance? Is it necessary for so many people to go under the knife to enhance their appearance?


Students: Write a paragraph on one of the following:

1. What is one of the causes of plastic surgery?

2. What is one of the effects of plastic surgery on the individual? On society?

3. What is your opinion on plastic surgery?

Note: There are many causes and effects, so try to write something different from other students if possible.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Zion H permalink
    November 28, 2013 5:41 pm

    In my opinion, plastic surgery is acting positive role. In korea, one day people began to concentrate appearance. When we join the company or whatever we do, appearance is becoming best condition. Without realizing, Society is trying to lead that nice face gets the whip hand over. Relatively, having tentative face people are daunted. So as a result, many people choose a ‘plastic surgery’. Most girls have plastic surgery after graduation. Double eyelid plastic surgery is basic. Maybe most having double eyelid woman have plastic surgery. When I ask a question “Have you been plastic surgery?”. 90% answer “Yes.” But I don’t think that this phenomenon is bad. After having a plastic surgery, many people have confidence. This helps tentative people achieve self-realization. Also this is my experience. But if it develops into addiction, this is clearly ‘problem’. We have to understand positive role of plastic surgery.

  2. tnpqnp permalink
    November 28, 2013 8:12 pm

    Plastic surgery has rapidly become something that all women in Korea must do. Especially, Korean people tend to emulate other’s behavior if most people think so. Double eyelid surgery is one of the most common surgery. Therefore, young women in Korea mostly have double eyelid. Now, it is more difficult to see single eyelid female. In my opinion, I think there are two big reasons. The first is self-content. When I asked my friends to get out of the home and go for a meal, she reply like this. “ I cannot leave the home now, because I didn’t fix my face”. Likewise, women usually shame their face with no make-up, and do not want to show their unpainted face. Because they have no self-confidence, and lack self-content, too. The second reason is for employment. Lovely face is believed one of the competitiveness. If you can choose one person as your succesor, and there are two potential candidate who have same ability. who will you choose?

  3. November 28, 2013 10:40 pm

    According to a survey of online job portal Career, 30 percent of male and female university students plan to get some kind of plastic surgery for preparing to find jobs. This phenomenon is called as ‘cosmetic surgery for employment’ in Korea. In practice, it is really helpful to get a job. Plastic surgery brings effective benefits to work in its train. Men have been helped to land jobs with an average of 0.1 percent increased salary by the surgery. Surprisingly, women also have been gotten 1.5 percent higher salary. On the individual, plastic surgery became a means of employment. However, on society, it is a problem of several side effects: addiction, death, personality, and so on. I’m a university student, and I’m worried about employment. So, I don’t disagree with plastic surgery, because it has certain benefits. In my opinion, if people don’t ignore the danger of survey, they could freely choose cosmetic surgery.

  4. Angela permalink
    November 29, 2013 5:38 pm

    3. my opinion

    Actually, I don’t strongly agree or disagree about plastic surgery, because to get a plastic surgery is their own choice. Plastic surgery gives people many profits, and the most important thing is that people can be more confident. Even though there is no direct relationship between appearance and ability, it is true that there is a usual stance of the person who has better appearance seems to be more competent. Because of this kind of social stance, many people do plastic surgery, and charge their own self-confidence. After plastic surgery, people act more confident, positive, active, and this can make them more capable. However, plastic surgery can cause problems if it become excess. Many people, especially women are losing their own face. Each person has own attractive point, but people try to be same with others. This can be bad to their health, and also seems to be bad. They don’t have their own personal appeal. They are like a flower without perfume. In sum, there are some pros and cons about plastic surgery, so it is people’s own share to do it properly.

  5. haruharu7070 permalink
    November 29, 2013 10:06 pm

    “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Many people agree that idea. However, today the plastic surgery is the mainstream means of the women who wish to have beautiful appearance. Therefore, despite of the real pain, these women go through the surgery. However, I think that what is the most inflammatory thing is the media. They always release on a screen with beautiful and gorgeous woman such as many actresses; Kim Tae-hee, Lee Young-ae. And these people become the woman’s ideal and what they must reach. However, all these things are just the image that was formed by mass media. We don’t have to follow their image, because these beautiful women are actress that always appear in the film or drama. Therefore, we have to distinct that fact. And, in my opinion, It is more difficult to change our mind than just looking(appearance), so, we always focus on our inner condition than external condition.

  6. banana permalink
    November 29, 2013 10:39 pm

    When you look up the definition of plastic surgery, it says ‘plastic surgery is a medical specially concerned with correction or restoration of form and function.’ I am not against the plastic surgeries, insisting that every single surgery should be banned. My point is that why so many people gey unnecessary surgeries when they are pretty enough? There are certainly people who need them because of the accident or inborn deformity, and I am all for their decision. I also agree that appearance could be one of the competitive power, but one should not judge a book by its cover. Appearance is easily deceptive, and being attractive and beauty is also different concept. People should be clever enough to love themselves first and find their own charm instead of following the society’s standard of appearance. ‘Do not underestimating yourself with others’, this is one of my favorite phrase, I also hope this sentence would be one of others too.

  7. evergreen permalink
    November 29, 2013 10:52 pm

    Have you ever heard about the case called Mrs. fan? It is the popular news related in plastic surgery. Mrs. fan lived a life with acknowledgement of beauty. However, she didn’t satisfied with her appearance and underwent plastic surgery. Due to the side effects of excessive surgeries, her face was distorted, swelled. In addition, she got depression and social phobia. Like this case, many people try to change their appearances with technology and there are too many side effects on them. In my opinion, plastic surgery can give harmful effects on people in physical and psychological way. People who want to undergo plastic surgery suggest reasons like boosting their confidence, getting jobs. I insist that the standard of confidence is not belonging to only appearance. Adding to this, appearance’s criteria is not having a big eyes with double eyelid, sharp nose, oval face. I think people should have a confidence of their own characteristics, not be drawn into inappropriate standards. It could make people have a depression in psychological way, because they could get stress enough to fulfill their appearance with fixed standards. Likewise, it is the problem that lookism is rampant in society. People can receive the lookism problem in TV programs such as gag satirizing appearance comparing pretty person and ugly person. This situation could urge people to undergo the plastic surgery. In a consequence, I oppose undergoing plastic surgery, since some purposes of plastic surgery include unreasonable factors.

  8. November 29, 2013 11:43 pm

    Do you know the survey 66 percent of office workers want plastic surgery in 2010. In my opinion, I totally agree with doing cosmetic surgery. Lookism is rampant in our society. Especially in Korea has become a beauty-oriented society where people are judged more for their appearance than their characteristics. Unfortunately, this is a real thinking many people do. Unfortunately, More beauty means more having opportunity.
    Another reason why I stand on a good position is plastic surgery industry. Korea plastic surgery industry rapidly becomes one of the most good industry items. The scale of industry will become huge. In our economy this had already settled. In my experience, when I walk the Gangnam or Apgujeong, I could see many plastic surgery buildings.
    Whether you do plastic surgery or do not, it is the freedom of the persons. So you choose the better decisions about doing plastic surgery.

  9. November 30, 2013 12:22 am

    I think our society is addicted to plastic surgery and we should break away from that. These days, plastic surgery has spread rapidly and becomes essential thing to many women’s life. Also, many high school students get plastic surgery after SAT. Many women take their cosmetic surgery for granted. Therefore, in downtown such as Hongdae and Gangnam, we can see many people who have same eyes or nose. They have completely same face. It means they lose their own unique appearance and get unthinkably same and common appearance. Even though the addiction of plastic surgery happens because of our society’s wrong perspective about the relationship between person’s appearance and competence, we shouldn’t have indiscriminate plastic surgery. Instead of that, we should cultivate our self-confidence and seek to inner beauty rather than external beauty.

  10. Katherine permalink
    November 30, 2013 1:31 am

    There are many causes that people use the knife to enhance their appearance. And I think that phenomenon is related their self-regard. In these days, lookism is rampant. So, many people are discriminated depending on beauty or not beauty. In that process, some people who less beautiful than others feel sad, angry and finally desire beauty. Plastic surgery is most fast method for improve their appearance and increase their self-regard. But, plastic surgery intensify lookism on society contrast with it helps one’s self-regard improvement. About this topic, I understand them. However, prevalent plastic surgery culture is not good on society and each individual. Because, it will hinders one’s personality more and more. Also, it cannot be a fundamental solution. Thus, we and our society need consideration and solutions about plastic surgery.

  11. Rachel permalink
    November 30, 2013 5:36 pm

    Have you ever heard the word “Gangnam Woman”? Gangnam woman is a neologism meaning a woman who has a similar face with other woman because both got plastic surgery. Likewise, these days, plastic surgery is becoming more common in Korea. Therefore, there are a lot of plastic surgery hospitals in Korea and we can easily find people who got plastic surgery around us. Why are many Korean get plastic surgery? My answer is that korea is a beauty-infatuated society. For instance, in TV programs, the good looking talents are loved by other people because of their appearance, whereas ugly comedians often become objects of ridicule. That is, some people are discriminated against owing to their appearance.
    Also, before most people have a blind meeting, they firstly ask a meeting host not her or his personality but apeearence. Moreover, when people see talents who became much more beautiful than before by plastic surgery, some of them believe that they also can be a beautiful person if they get plastic surgery. For these causes, many Korean have plastic surgery so that they want to get better treatment.

  12. Daniel permalink
    December 1, 2013 4:59 pm

    Have you ever saw the street full of the cosmetic surgery hospital as Apgujeong or Gangnam? If so, you might have seen a lot of women walking on the street look similar to each other. More and more women including middleschool and highschool girls, and as well as men go to the hospitals to make double eyelids or get a nose job. The reason why people have plastic surgery is that the social atmosphere which emphasizes looks and beauty. People who have good looks are prefered in interviews for jobs. Thus, now for finding jobs, people have to improve their appereances submitting to have cosmetic surgeries. However, having cosmetic surgery is weird, because all people have their own individualies, but the surgeries make that all same. Therefore, I’m sure it is more suitable to improve own individualities rather than getting plastic surgery.

  13. December 3, 2013 1:01 am

    Recently, there are high interests about plastic surgery and large number of people have done it. Even people say that half of people in the department store fixed their faces and also about 8 students in a class of 38 students fixed their nose, eyelid, or chin after SAT. These shows how plastic surgery is popular and common these days. But it seems that most people don’t think about the situation after the surgery. Some people suffer from side-effects such as over-bleeding, rotten skin, psychological problem, and so on. In addition, some people regret having done the surgery because the result doesn’t satisfy their expectation. For example, fixed nose might look too high, unnatural, or doesn’t even look much different compared to before. In sum, people must think twice deeply and futherly for satisfying or suitable surgery.

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