Is There An Obsession With Cosmetic Surgery In East Asia?

Update 16/09/2018


Young East Asian women are pressurized by the media to have a certain ‘image’. They are expected to be extremely thin, with pale skin and huge ‘doll-like’ eyes. Many factors have been blamed: The rise of Korean and Japanese pop culture, the invasive and persuasive nature of social media and the public’s growing obsession with cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery in South Korea, Japan and Thailand is a booming industry and while it is usually okay to use the help of a skilled surgeon to undergo a physical transformation, some people appear to be taking it too far.


There have been stories of people spending millions of baht in an attempt to look like a doll complete with eyelash implants, breast implants, dimple creation and liposuction. This is due to the distorted view of what women in particular should look like according to East Asian pop culture.

Young East Asian women should be embracing their unique features and force a change in what it means to be beautiful. It is important to remember that not everyone can look like a member of a boy or girl band and frankly, that’s a good thing!

At the Naravee Aesthetic Center in Bangkok, we have surgeons with years of cosmetic surgery experience who engage in responsible practices. That is, they advise patients on how they can achieve their best look and sometimes, this may not include invasive surgery.

Our goal is to ensure everyone who steps through our doors feels more beautiful when they leave than when they first came in. Believe it or not, this doesn’t always involve a cosmetic procedure. If you want to fix a perceived physical defect because it will improve your self-esteem, we will gladly help you achieve your goal. What we won’t do is encourage an obsession with cosmetic surgery because in the end, it does not get to the root cause of the problem. 



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