Korea Times

Plastic surgery influences personality, according to Korean study

More than nine out of 10 women who get work done say their personality changes

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 January, 2017, 12:55pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 January, 2017, 12:55pm

By Hong Dam-young 

Can plastic surgery change one’s personality? According to a recent research paper, the answer is “yes.”

A report published Monday in “Journal of Korean Beauty Society” revealed that nine out of 10 women who had plastic surgery had changes in their personalities.

Two professors, one from Sookmyung Women’s University and one from Sungshin Women’s University, collaborated in the study.

According to the survey, more than 90 percent of 402 women in their 20s who had plastic surgery between September and October 2014 had a personality change.

About 95 per cent were working in service industries, the highest rate compared to other job fields.

The study further revealed that the women’s satisfaction level on their “before” appearances was 2.9 out of five on average.

The figure jumped to 3.53 after the surgery, reflecting increased confidence.

Asked why they had surgery, 59 per cent of the respondents said it was because “they were not satisfied with their appearances,” followed by “to prevent aging” (20 per cent).

Sixty-eight percent of respondents sought “double-eyelid treatment,” followed by “incision to make bigger eyes” (14 percent). Fifty per cent sought “nose sharpening.” “V-line surgery” and “cheekbone reduction” accounted for 35 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively.

Nearly 30 per cent of the respondents said they had suffered side effects from the surgery.

“Bruises and swelling” accounted for 39 percent, “pigmentation” 14 percent and “facial asymmetry”11 percent.