Koreans are famously known for having plastic surgeries. In fact, they are the plastic surgery capital of the world. Most of the famous celebrities in South Korea, men and women, have undergone transformations, and only a few of their world-known stars are naturally beautiful. But this time, it’s not only their own faces that the Koreans want to change.
According to The Washington Post, 20 percent of women in South Korea have opted for cosmetic work on themselves in the pursuit of beauty. Recently, the superficial trend has been moved over to dogs and various other animals. The Koreans are now having cosmetic procedures done on their pets so that they can be even cuter.
A veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center in New York, Dr. Ann E. Hohenhaus, told CBS News, “Plastic surgery on some pets isn’t unheard of. For specific breeds of dogs, for example, surgery has been necessary to reduce bacterial build-up and infection in skin folds, or to alleviate breathing difficulties. If you had folds moved around in your skin, we would call that plastic surgery. In the case of the dogs, it’s a medical necessity.”
For them, plastic surgery is the only way for their pets to become even cuter. However, the trend in South Korea appears to mostly be cosmetically driven. One unnamed veterinarian told the popular South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, “Plastic surgery for pets in the past were for medical reasons, but the result also brought better-looking dogs, so there is a growing customer base getting a plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons on their dogs.”
Veterinarian Dr. Toon also told the Chosun Ilbo that cosmetic surgery for dogs are “medically safe,” adding that it’s “the owner’s right” to make their pet beautiful. Procedures done on pets include tail shortening, ear trimming to make them pointy, wrinkle straightening, fat and stretch mark removal, double eyelid surgery, fat removal, and even Botox.”
Even though many Koreans let their pets undergo plastic surgery, most of them also disapprove of the trend. Majority of Koreans, about 63 percent of the respondents of a recent survey conducted by South Korean veterinarian magazine Daily Vet, said that cosmetic surgery for pets should be banned. For them, love for pets originates on the beauty inside, not the outside.
True enough, an owner has the right to do what he sees fit to his pet, but if the means hurts the animal, then there is just enough reason to criticize the procedure. As of this moment, we can’t do anything but hope nothing bad would come out of this new trend.