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Side effect experiences of South Korean women in their twenties and thirties after facial plastic surgery

Authors Kim YA, Cho Chung HI

Received 28 January 2018

Accepted for publication 24 April 2018

Published 14 June 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 309—316


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Elie Al-Chaer

Young A Kim,1 Hyang-In Cho Chung2

1Department of Nursing, Jeju National University College of Nursing, Jeju-si, Republic of Korea; 2Department of Nursing, Chonnam National University College of Nursing, Gwangju, Republic of Korea

Background: Rates of plastic surgery procedures have increased dramatically over the past several decades, especially for the women in South Korea.
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the subjective experience of South Korean women in their twenties and thirties with facial plastic surgery (FPS) side effects.
Participants and methods: Seven women who have suffered from FPS side effects participated in this study. Data were collected from July to September 2015 through individual in-depth interviews using open-ended questions and analyzed using Colaizzi’s method, which is a Husserlian phenomenological approach.
Results: Six themes, and 25 subthemes, were found. Major themes were “choosing FPS to gain a new self”, “facing an unintended self”, “trying to accept a changed self”, “making efforts to overcome the situation”, “coming to know a new world”, and “pursuing a new lifestyle”.
Conclusion: This study raises social awareness on the risk of plastic surgery side effects, which could prevent unnecessary plastic surgery. It also suggests the need for a deeper understanding of women’s biopsychosocial suffering from plastic surgery side effects.

Keywords: cosmetic surgery, aesthetic plastic surgery, qualitative research, interview

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