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My search began with a scholarly web source titled Contemporary Koreans’ Perceptions of Facial Beauty which aided me in recognizing how common plastic surgery really was in Korea and what many people’s opinions were regarding this topic. Through a survey that Rhee, An and Hwang conducted on 290 South Korean participants, I discovered that most people were either in favor of it (38.3%) or neutral (37.2%) about it. In addition, the majority of the participants (86%) mentioned that one’s appearance is important (Rhee, An, & Hwang, 2017). This helped me think more about the importance of how someone looks and either such view how it changes or not in different cultural societies. It seems that average South Koreans take the way they look a bit more seriously than Western countries and are willing to take further measures for the sake of their image. Eyes wide cut: the American origins of Korea’s plastic surgery craze, helped confirm the popularity of undergoing procedures to alter the way one looks look. Approximately ? of Koreans have gotten work done, stating that blepharoplasty, the reconstruction of the eyelid, was the most common and popular procedure. Rhinoplasty, surgery performed on the nose, was second most popular procedure (Kurek, 2015). This correlated with the findings of Rhee, An, and Hwang where the majority of the participants stated that skin, eyes and nose were the main influences on attractiveness. Koreans think so much about appearance that they are able to isolate the main factors to specific body parts. Most consider having double eyelids and narrow-sculpted nose bridges as beautiful, but where do these ideals originate from? I turned to the book Reconstructing bodies: biomedicine, health, and nation building in South Korea since 1945, which effectively described the phenomenon of plastic surgery and when the double eyelid trend was popularized. It was interesting to learn about how plastic surgery was mainly used as reconstructive procedures for soldiers during the Korean War (DiMoia, 2013). Both,I surprisingly found out that Kurek’s academic journal and DiMoia’s book both discussed how Dr. David Ralph Millard, a plastic surgeon for the Marine Corps, was an important figure in the field. His fame rose in South Korea when a Korean translator asked him to make his eyes rounder. Though the double eyelid surgery had already existed in Japan and other asian countries, Millard had to make his own procedure because he couldn’t find any instructions in english. After the procedure, the satisfied customer was said to be mistaken for Italian or Mexican. Soon after, many other patients requested similar procedures. The round eye was a manner of imitating features of Western culture, which is associated with wealth and power due to their military during the war. Though Millard did not invent blepharoplasty, he did popularise such concept it in Korea and this represents a point in its departure. The double eyelid trend seems to have had a Westernized influence but I doubted that it still has the same meaning today. This is really similar to most materials and how the meanings behind the objects change over time. As current situation and interests of a population changes, so does the material. Equivalently, the meaning of plastic surgery changes as well from how it served as a method of reconstruction due to war, into what it is today, a method to enhance one’s beauty.