Smile Surgery in South Korea

One of the most recognizable features on a person’s face is their smile. Who doesn’t want to have a nice, big, bright smile to show off to the world? South Koreans certainly do, and are turning to plastic surgery to make sure of it.


The latest trend in South Korea is a plastic surgery procedure that involves lifting the corners of a patient’s mouth to make it appear as though the person is smiling. No, we’re not talking about a smile that would put Batman’s the Joker to shame. The change is not drastic, but just enough to give the individual the appearance of slightly curved lips.

According to cosmetic surgeons in Seoul, the demand for the “smile surgery” has been increasing at a rapid pace this year, with the majority of patients being in their 20s and 30s. Both women and men are seeking the surgery and explain they have done so because they are tired of being criticized for having an expressionless face.

“Even when you are looking like your normal self, people keep asking you: ‘Why are you frowning?’ That’s a lot of stress,” said Kwon Taek-keun, a Seoul plastic surgeon who performs the procedure at his practice.

The surgeon explains that many prospective patients are asking for the surgery because they are feeling ashamed of the shape of their lips. Most of the patients seeking the smile surgery are in customer service jobs where they have to face people on a daily basis and are constantly scrutinized for their downward lips.

But while the surgery is just taking off in South Korea, here in the U.S., the smile surgery has already been performed on countless patients. Here, we call the treatment “Valentine anguloplasty,” named after the heart shape of the tissues at the edge of the lips that are removed during the surgery. It is considered a type of mini face lift and has been sought by many patients who have noticed the signs of aging have taken a toll on their lips.

Sometimes a regular face lift will treat only the sagging skin around the eyes, cheeks and forehead, but won’t restore the lips to their original youthful and upturned position. The surgery was created with those individuals in mind who want to have a younger and brighter looking smile specifically.

Patients seeking the smile surgery in the U.S. tend to be over the age of 40, in contrast to the relatively young patients in South Korea who are requesting the treatment. Many say South Koreans are trying to emulate some of their favorite celebrities’ smiles, but whatever the reason, having a beautiful smile can completely change an individual’s demeanor and increase their level of confidence.

Here in Texas, face lift procedures are extremely popular because they can be modified to the individual’s cosmetic goals and desires. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. John Freeman specializes in face lifts and knows exactly what to do to create the optimal, natural look for each patient.

If you would like more information about the smile surgery or any other face lift treatment, contact Dr. Freeman today for a consultation to determine the best option so you can look your best.

Popular Plastic Surgeries for Men

Although the majority of facial surgery patients are women, an increasing number of men have turned to plastic surgery to look and feel younger.  While it was once considered taboo for a man to admit to having work done, the stigma associated with plastic surgery has long been lifted and a larger number of men are not only seeking surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments, but a higher number of men are also admitting to the procedures they’ve had.

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Gone is the fear of being rejected by society. Men have discovered they no longer have to hide the fact that they’ve had work done because millions of other people are doing the same. And with the pressures society places on staying young and vigorous, coupled with the innovative advancements in techniques and treatments, it’s not surprising that the number of male plastic surgery procedures has skyrocketed in the past decade.

According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, male plastic surgery has increased by 56 percent since the year 2000 and keeps increasing with each passing year. Texas facial plastic surgeon Dr. John P. Freeman notes that while men tend to prefer more subtle changes with their procedures, the top two plastic surgery procedures for men are actually Rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty). The best part about these two procedures is the fact that the results can be as subtle or as dramatic as the patient prefers.

Rhinoplasty (nose job) is one of the most popular plastic surgeries overall. The nose is the focal point in the face and if it is too large or too small, can throw off the overall symmetry and balance in the face. With Rhinoplasty, patients can thin out a crooked bridge, reduce the nose tip, or even correct a deviated septum. The possibilities are endless.

Blepharoplasty is also an excellent choice for male patients who are concerned with obtaining natural results. As we age, our eyelids can become droopy, making us look tired and older than our age. Eyelid surgery removes the excess skin and fat in the eyelids as well as the puffy bags that often appear under the eyes, resulting in a fresh and rejuvenated look for the patient.

And just like women take their plastic surgery inspirations from their favorite celebrities, men are also finding they can relate to several male stars who have admitted to undergoing facial plastic surgery. Among the most famous Hollywood male facial surgery patients are reality TV star and former Olympian Bruce Jenner, who had a facelift and Rhinoplasty surgery, KISS frontman Gene Simmons, who admitted to having a facelift, singer Barry Manilow, who had two facelifts (an upper and lower facelift), and of course, the late ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson, who had two nose jobs and a facial surgery procedure that added a dimple to his chin.

It’s not uncommon to find men opting for multiple plastic surgeries these days, especially facelift treatments. Prospective patients can turn to Dr. Freeman with any questions they might have and to determine the ideal procedure that will compliment their natural features and aesthetic goals.

Will Millionaire Matchmaker Get a Facelift?

Patti Stanger, better known as the “Millionaire Matchmaker,” is no stanger to the spotlight. But since appearing in the first season on the “Millionaire Matchmaker” show on Bravo in 2008, Stanger has known that she is not getting any younger. The signs of age and the stress of her career have taken a toll on her, as they would with anyone in their 40s, and she opted for plastic surgery.

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But unlike many celebrities in Hollywood, Stanger is not one to shy away from the fact that she’s had some work done and is proud to admit her plastic surgery history.

“We’re all getting plastic surgery…Yeah, I’m proud of it, because we’re all doing it,” said Stanger.

A few years ago, Stanger underwent a breast reduction and lift and was extremely happy with the results. However, when her 7-year relationship with Andy Friedman, a real-estate executive, ended in 2010, the matchmaker started to feel self-conscious again, especially when it came to the dating scene.

Now in her 50s, Stanger wasn’t finding it as easy to find love for herself as it was for her clients, and her self-esteem began to fall. But after a year of struggling, Stanger decided it was time to take matters into her hands, or rather, into the hands of her plastic surgeon.

Back in 2011, Stanger opted for a second breast reduction and lift and an eyelift as well, which she claims transformed her life for the better. Although what she really initially wanted was facelift, her surgeon recommended against it.

Does that mean Stanger won’t opt for one in the coming years? Knowing her positive attitude about plastic surgery, she may very well get a facelift before turning 60.

Stanger does not look a day over 30 and with her new-found confidence, she radiates youth and beauty.

Now, Stanger is happily dating mortgage broker David Krause, whom she actually met on a dating site. The results of her eyelift surgery were better than she thought, when Krause paid her the ultimate compliment and said she looked younger than her real age.

It’s not surprising that Stanger would look much younger than her age following her eyelift, given the fact that the face can show either signs of aging or youth and vigor. When it comes to patients who are looking for a rejuvenating procedure, eye, brow and face lifts are often the top choice. Facial surgery can eliminate wrinkles and fine lines as well as loose skin, taking years off of the patient. Younger patients may wish to start off with an eyelift, like Stanger, and may later want to upgrade to the full facelift. But no matter what the age of the patient, the results are life changing.

If you have considered getting a facelift or any other facial plastic surgery procedure, Texas facial plastic surgeon Dr. John P. Freeman can give you the stunning and natural results you seek. Schedule a consultation today to determine you optimal treatment options so you can look – and feel – younger in just hours.

The Facebook Facelift

The facelift is one of the most sought after plastic surgery procedures because of its many advantages. Many people who are feeling self conscious due to the signs of age on the face can turn back the hands of time with a facelift, removing loose skin, wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth. The result is a younger and more refreshed appearance that will leave patients not only looking but feeling their best.

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In fact, facial plastic surgery is becoming so popular it is literally “trending” online. In India, a new plastic surgery fad has been created and it’s sweeping across the globe at a very fast pace. Although the majority of facelift patients tend to be over the age of 40, women and men in their 20s and 30s in India are getting facelifts so they can look good on social media sites.

Though plastic surgery of any kind is a very personal decision and should never be based on another person’s opinion, India plastic surgery patients are literally putting their best face forward on sites like Facebook and Twitter through the help of facelift surgery. The goal of these patients is to look as good as possible in their profile pictures so they can attract job opportunities or even find love. Since social media has become one of the world’s preferred communication methods, it makes sense that users would want to have only the most flattering pictures of themselves on their personal or professional accounts.

The trend has become so popular it has been dubbed the “Facebook Facelift.” In addition to facelift surgery, patients are also opting for rhinoplasty and chin augmentation.

Although most of these patients are too young to truly experience the benefits of facelift surgery, the face is the first thing that people notice when they meet someone, and when it comes to social media sites, the face is in many cases, is the only physical feature that is photographed. The face can tell volumes about a person, including their age, their personality, and their level of vigor. If the individual is tired or stressed, their face will undoubtedly give it away and may affect their chances of obtaining a job or connecting with a potential love interest.

Yet, as with all cosmetic surgeries, the decision is not one that should be made lightly. It’s important for patients to turn to a trusted facial plastic surgeon in order to obtain the most natural and optimal results.  If you have considered getting a facelift or any other facial cosmetic procedure in Texas, turn to Katy plastic surgeon Dr. John P. Freeman to discuss the best approach for you treatment.

As an experienced Texas facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Freeman specializes in providing patients with superior results for treatments including facelifts, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), chin augmentation, and others. Through precision and careful attention to detail, Dr. Freeman will enhance your own unique natural features and help you look your best.

Contact Dr. Freeman today for a consultation to discuss your idea facial surgery options.