Heir to the North Korean regime, Kim Jong-Un may not look your typical plastic surgery case, but tabloids are reporting that the son of notorious dictator Kim Jong-il has actually had plastic surgery to make himself look older.
According to British tabloid The Daily Mail, 27-year old Kim Jong-un may have actually undergone plastic surgery to make himself appear older and have an uncanny resemblance to his grandfather, North Korea’s founder and former leader Kim Il-sung.
Kim Jong-un hasn’t been seen in public much, but recently there have been several photographs in the news of him and many Korean media channels have noted his seemingly sudden resemblance to his much older grandfather.
“A lot of people in South Korea have pointed out that Kim’s face is very different from when he was young, particularly the shape of his chin,” said Professor Toshimitsu Shigemura, an expert on North Korea at Tokyo’s Waseda University.
“From previous photos, everyone had remarked that he looked nothing like his grandfather, so the change is quite dramatic,” he said in an interview reported by the Daily Mail.
While Kim Jong-un does look strikingly similar to his grandfather, it is common for family members to look like one another.
Dr. Paul S. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, Calif., says, “It does not appear that Kim Jong-Un had plastic surgery performed to look like his grandfather, Kim II-sung. Any resemblance appears to be due to the fact they are related, and any similar looks are in the family’s genes.”
Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “I think that Kim Jong-Un looks like his grandfather because of their shared genes. Most people have plastic surgery to improve their look and to look younger.”
The North Korean dynasty certainly bears paying attention, if for no other reason than plastic surgery.
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