Condemn Double Jaw Surgery for Cosmetic Benefits

Target: The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare

Goal: Impose stricter regulations on dangerous plastic surgeries for cosmetic purposes.

South Korean plastic surgeons perform roughly 33% more plastic surgery procedures than do American surgeons, making South Korea the top country in the world for plastic surgery. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, one in five South Korean women has had cosmetic surgery. In the United States, around one in 20 has had some form of plastic surgery for cosmetic benefits.

Many South Koreans go under the knife for the standard eye and nose jobs, but now some are opting for a more radical surgical procedure called the double jaw surgery, also known as the V line surgery. The V line surgery entails breaking and shaving the jawline to achieve a slimmer, oval face. The procedure is normally done on people with congenital facial deformities or people who cannot chew properly due to excessive over or underbite.

Choi Jin-Young, a professor in dentistry at Seoul National University, has described the procedure as “a very complex, potentially dangerous surgery”, and it disturbs him to see people with no real dental flaws daring to have the operation just to achieve a small, pretty face. An estimated 52% of people who had the double jaw surgery suffered sensory problems, such as facial numbness. Other complications include chronic jaw pain, a skewed mouth, misaligned teeth and an inability to chew or smile.

Despite how dangerous the procedure is, the cosmetic industry continues to convince South Korean women to get the surgery because “everyone else is doing it.”  A society that supports women getting plastic surgeries, no matter how dangerous, just to look “prettier” will continue to send a dangerous message to young girls that looks are the most important thing in their lives. Sign the petition to demand the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare start imposing stricter regulations on dangerous plastic surgeries just for cosmetic benefits.


Dear the Ministry of Health and Welfare of South Korea,

Despite the risks involved with going under the knife, one in five South Korean women has had some form of surgery to look prettier. It has come to our attention that South Korean women are moving on from eye and nose jobs to getting a more dangerous and radical procedure done, called the double jaw surgery, to achieve a slimmer face.

This procedure requires a long and often painful recovery period, and is normally done on people with actual dental problems or congenital facial deformities. In no way should this surgery become the latest new fad in South Korea.  It is your responsibility to maintain the good health of your people. Women should not feel pressured into getting such a dangerous procedure just because the cosmetic surgery industry is spending tons of money, extolling its benefits.

Pass stricter regulations on plastic surgeries that are used for cosmetic purposes. No girl should suffer chronic jaw pain, a skewed mouth, facial numbness, and/or an inability to chew or smile because your government is making it easy for her to get double jaw surgery for cosmetic benefits.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. vivian lee says:

    I had v-line surgery for cosmetic reasons and it ruined my life and my relationship with my spouse. It left me with permanent chin numbness and led to premature aging of the jawline which I have not been able to successfully fix. The surgeons in Seoul do not adequately inform their patients of the long term implications of this invasive surgery and the risks. They are doing unnecessary and potentially dangerous surgeries on young girls who are formulating their self-identity based on their looks secondary to societal pressures. The girls and women of Korea deserve protection!

    • Can you please tell me which hospital did you have your double jaw surgery. I am thinking of going to korea to have this procedure

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