“Korean women often fall into the trap of trying to live up to an ideal personified in the media. The combination of these factors have dramatically increased the burgeoning plastic surgery industry while creating another set of standards for women to adhere to”


Beauty Recovery Room is a series of photographs that were taken directly after its subjects had undergone plastic surgery operations; showing the physical cost that many Koreans bear by adhering to social pressures of attaining beauty; specifically a Western look. The last raw data compiled from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2010, confirms that South Korea is indeed the country with the world’s highest per capita rate of cosmetic plastic surgery. It is a culture where men are judged on their financial balance and women on their beauty.

The male-dominated media endlessly reinforces it’s model of the ideal woman. As a result of these cultural forces Korea has become a beauty-oriented society where people are judged more for their appearance than their character. Korean women often fall into the trap of trying to live up to an ideal personified in the media. The combination of these factors have dramatically increased the burgeoning plastic surgery industry while creating another set of standards for women to adhere to.

Enduring general anaesthetic, cuts, bruises, and often intense scarring all for the sake of vanity is no longer considered risky or extravagant behaviour; quite the opposite, it has become commonplace. Beauty Recovery Room shows the wounded faces and bodies of women who have recently undergone plastic surgery.

Beauty Recovery Room, Artist Statement by Ji Yeo

Image Courtesy of Ji Yeo

To Learn more about Ji’s work please visit:

Website: www.jiyeo.com

Instagram: @jiyeo

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