Is cosmetic surgery about more than just a pretty face? A TV show in South Korea argues that for some people, not only their looks but also their lives can be radically improved by going under the knife.
Since its premiere two years ago on female-targeted cable network Story On, “Let Me In,” an English/Korean portmanteau roughly translated as “let women be beautiful,” has invited women with “abnormal” facial or body features to undergo surgical procedures to alter their physical appearance – and increase their self-esteem.
The accounts of their emotional struggles and their stunning transformations have drawn record ratings, along with controversy about the portrayal of plastic surgery in a purely positive light.
At a recent press conference for the launch of the show’s third season, the production team challenged the accusation that the series encouraged more women to undergo potentially dangerous cosmetic surgery.
Park Hyun-woo, the show’s producer, said its selection committee, which includes plastic surgeons and a psychiatrist, only approves those candidates who can be substantially helped by surgery, rather than those looking to get a free makeover.
“Just speaking about their physical appearance issues seemed to make them feel better,” said Mr. Park, adding that the stress from being unattractive is a real issue for the contestants.