Rumors have been circulating that SHINee’s Taemin has gotten a ‘nose job’ and gotten rid of his little ‘hook’ and made his nose a bit straighter:
I have already generally outlined my view about plastic surgery on kpop idols. For the most part, I am against it, and for the record, I am universally against plastic surgery after debut (barring circumstances like accidents which do require reconstructive plastic surgery). It is sort of pointless after debut, after they have already established an image. Unless one has a radical face change, a general reshaping of the face will not really bring in more fans. In Taemin’s case, it was even more pointless, because it was so minor. General reaction from Shawols: we will love Taemin regardless of a nose job. So this was useless–fans who loved him before will not stop loving him, and due to the minor nature of the surgery, Taemin did not really grow any more attractive. Rather, one could argue that he became less attractive, because there are some people who dislike the concept of artificially modified idols (me).
Throughout this whole process, I wonder who is tugging the strings, who says okay to the doctor holding the scalpel. I wonder if Taemin, at the end of his short idol life, will feel regret or satisfaction. I wonder when the joyride will end, and I shudder to know the consequences, inequitably distributed on one side.
Verdict: Taemin likely has received minor plastic surgery on his nose.