Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- A survey shows that more than 77 percent of South Korean
women think they need plastic surgery, the Korea Times reported on Thursday.
According to a thesis by Um Hyun-shin at South
Korea's Kyung Hee University's clothing and textiles department, 77.5 percent of
a total of 810 female respondents over the age of 18 said during a survey
conducted last September that they wanted cosmetic surgery. While 62 percent of
women in their late 20s have already undergone cosmetic surgery, the survey
About 70 percent of the respondents said they have
suffered stress due to their appearance, the survey said.
However, about 20.4 percent of the respondents said
people should avoid cosmetic surgery if possible, while only 2.1 percent said
people should never have cosmetic surgery.
When asked whether they had undergone plastic
surgery, 47.3 percent said yes, while 52.7 percent said no.
Um said cosmetic surgery includes not only big
changes such as nose, double eyelid and face-lifting operations, but also minor
ones such as mole removal and face peeling.
By age, 61.5 percent of girls aged between 25 and 29,
the age group that begins to go out to work after finishing school, have had
cosmetic operations. More than 56 percent of those in their 30s, 42.9 percent of
women in their 40s and 39.4 percent of those aged 50 and over have undergone
plastic surgery, the survey shows.