Korea's plastic surgery addiction: So much surgery, they look unnatural

An episode of popular Korean entertainment show Martian Virus brought up the idea of "plastic poisoning" - featuring Korean women who have undergone shocking numbers of procedures in a continuous effort to perfect themselves.

In one case, a 22-year-old dental nurse revealed that she has been undergoing plastic surgery procedures since the tender age of 17, and has in the short span of the last five years, undergone a shocking 40 procedures.

Soyoung.com reported that she has done her eyelids three times to produce the double eyelid effect, cut the inner corners and outer corners of her eyes three times each to make her eyes bigger, had breast augmentation surgery, made her face smaller and had a face lift, among many other procedures.

She said she has undergone so many procedures as she has always felt that her appearance could be improved upon. 

She was dubbed the artificial "robot beauty" by the show's hosts. She herself admitted that if she goes to the popular shopping districts of Seoul such as Myeong-dong, she will hear many comments that she looks "too artificial".

"Did she undergo plastic surgery on her whole face" and "it's really too exaggerated" are some of the comments she hears. She expressed slight regret for her actions, saying that when she started out to enhance her looks, she strived to look as perfect as a "robot" beauty, preferring more extreme procedures rather than slight tweaks.

However recently, she said she has come to appreciate the value of more natural looking beauty after hearing so many negative comments about herself.

In another case of "plastic poisoning," a woman named Rin Wu-ya came on the show to reveal her face, which has undergone more 20 surgeries in just six months.

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She has done so many procedures that she herself feels her face looks unnatural. But in a twist, she told the shocked hosts that the "unnatural look" is exactly what she wants.

She has done two eyelid procedures, padded up her nose, added dimples and fat grafting. She still wants more surgery, and plans to get her breasts done next.

She said her dream is to look more like a doll, and that she wants to look "different from other people."

Such extreme quests for beauty can have disastrous health risks when taken too far. Korean Internet beauty Sun Enjing was also featured on the show, where she revealed to audiences that her face is pumped so full of silicone, any more surgery could be at the cost of her life.

On the show, she told the audience she has had 27 procedures so far.

Starting from the age of 20, she has transformed her entire face with botox injections, implants, eyelid surgery, nose jobs, surgery to alter her jaw line and many others.

She said for fun, she often looks for a part of her body that she feels needs work done on.

Her transformations have made her look so unnatural that the show's hosts compared her to an 'alien'.

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Their extreme obsession has caught the attention of other media outlets, with some comparing them to Justin Jedlica - the human Ken doll who's undergone more than 90 plastic surgery procedures in the hope of attaining the perfect physique. 

Like a plastic doll, his "muscles" are all fake. Nearly every inch of his upper body is covered with implants, ABC News reported. In addition, he's had countless nose jobs, cheek augmentation, brow bone changes and lip enhancements to perfect his face.

Even his firm buttocks are artificial - the work of surgeons who gave him buttock implants and a lift to achieve a "perkier" look.

Like Xu Erxiu, he told reporters in 2012 that he is still not "a hundred per cent" satisfied with it yet, demonstrating to one interviewer that he'd still like his nose nudged a millimetre here and there.

Dr Drew Ordin, a Beverly Hills reconstructive surgeon, told ABC News that by turning himself into a living, breathing silicone sculpture, Justin Jedlica is putting his life at risk. In response, Jedlica said that it's a small price to pay for the perfect body.

Other experts speculated that Jedlica could be suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, which is a mental disease where a person is never satisfied with his or her appearance.

The ABC News documentary explored whether plastic surgery addicts like Jedlica are looking to make themselves look better, or just to make people look at them.

Photographer Philip Toledano, who has created a portrait series on people who have undergone extreme plastic surgery, said that people like Jedlica are not attempting to make themselves look like the archetypes of beauty seen in society. Rather, they are challenging society's norms.

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