Nine out of 10 women who have had plastic surgery think it changed their personality, mostly for the better as they became more confident about their appearance.
A study by Prof. Lee Ji-mi at Hyejeon College published last week in the Journal of the Korean Society of Cosmetology surveyed 402 women over 20 who had plastic surgery in September and October 2014.
Over 90 percent of respondents working in offices or the service industry said plastic surgery affected their personality, but only 78 percent among students.
And while their average satisfaction with their own appearance stood at 2.89 points out of 5 before surgery, it rose to 3.53 points afterwards.
Some 43 percent said their appeal improved with surgery, while 40.9 percent said it increased their self-confidence. Some 6.1 percent said it even boosted their social skills.
Asked why they had plastic surgery, 59 percent said they were dissatisfied with their appearances, followed by aging skin (20.1 percent), friends' suggestions (7 percent) and following trends (4.7 percent).
"The study shows that plastic surgery can give people confidence, leading to positive changes in personalities," Lee said. "In some cases women who lacked confidence in their looks found jobs or found a husband after surgery."
But 29.9 percent of respondents experienced side effects after plastic surgery. The most common side effect was bruises and swelling (39.3 percent), followed by pigmentation (13.8 percent), facial asymmetry (11 percent), inflammation, necrosis and flushing (9 percent) and scars (8.3 percent).