Koreans now getting plastic surgery to get back to their old faces

Koreans now getting plastic surgery to get back to their old faces

South Koreans' obsession with dramatic facial surgery is well known, with entire TV programs dedicated to these radical transformations. This is a weird new twist: A TV program dedicated to revert previous facial plastic surgeries.

The scary plastic surgery transformation of a beautiful Korean reporter

Except in extreme cases, I don't think plastic surgery is a good idea for any human being. But when someone is attractive to begin with—like… Read…

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Original post by Brian Ashcraft on Kotaku

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

It's come to this. There's now a show in South Korea in which people with plastic surgery have more work done so they can look like they did...before plastic surgery.

Called Back To My Face, the recently debuted South Korean television program features individuals who have had more than ten procedures done. So far, the show's debut apparently got good ratings and considerable media attention.

Courtesy of tipster Sang, you can see a preview for the show.

Here are the before and after photos for some of the individuals that appeared on the show.

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

Back to My Face catalogues the work each of them have gotten over the years.

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

The show is branding itself as "reality makeover show," concentrating on the therapy aspects. During one counseling session, the participants drew pictures of themselves. In another segment, one participant took to the streets and asked people what they thought of her pre-plastic surgery photo.

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

As reported on South Korean news sites (also via Sang), the guests then decide if they want to have reconstructive surgery to remove implants or other work they've had done.

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

So, for example, this guest decided not to "Stop" and not go through with the surgery.

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

This gentleman, however, did. On the right, you can see what he looked like after he had the reconstructive work done. Note that this isn't a complete reconstruction.

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

Here is what he looked like before he had any plastic surgery.

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

What about this guest?

She also decided to get her face back.

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

Above, you can see how she looked with plastic surgery compared with reconstructive surgery.

Depressing? Inspirational? Reverse Plastic Surgery Show Hits Korea

And here is a comparison of what she looked like before she had plastic surgery and after she had reconstructive surgery.

The thrust of Back to My Face seems to be that you should be happy with yourself—which is certainly an admirable message. However, asking people who gotten lots of facial work if they want, well, more seems a bit like pouring gasoline on a fire. I'm not therapist. Maybe it works. I honestly don't know.

붐에게 "나 모르겠냐" 인연 공개 [Newspim Thanks, Sang!]

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[Photos: Sosohany/Marke]

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