Hang Mioku: The model who ruined her own face forever

How far is too far when it comes to plastic surgery? The trend of enhancing the way people look using filers, botox, and various medical procedures has become more and more popular over the years. The truth is that the world we live in is pretty much appearance-focused and people are judged based on the way they look on the outside so it doesn’t come as a surprise that more and more people go under the knife for the sake of looking more attractive and more beautiful.

For some, these beautifying procedures turn into addiction. Such is the case with former Korean model Hand Mioku who disfigured her face to the extent of becoming unrecognizable.

Her photos, along with her life story, spread like a wildfire all over the internet back in the day and although she’s not active on social media, they reemerge from time to time to remind us that that too much of anything is bad.

Information of Mioku’s private life is hard to get to, but what we know of her is that she was born in South Korea on 8 July 1963 and is a mother of two.

During the 80’s, she pursued a career as a model and could be seen in various advertising campaigns. Mioku also worked as a singer and had a beautiful voice. However, as competition in the business was fierce, she felt the urge to enhance her looks even though she had a natural beauty and looked stunning.

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is also considered the global capital of cosmetic surgery. There are plenty of places where people can have their face and body done. In the Gangnam district of Seoul, there are 500 aesthetic centers alone.


After undergoing her first surgery in her home country, Mioku went to Japan for more procedures. All of a sudden, she couldn’t stop and always felt she needed to beautify herself further. At one point, her parents couldn’t recognize her and told her to stop, but she wouldn’t listen. As time passed by, they realized she needed help from a psychiatrist, but after a couple of sessions they could no longer allow to pay for it and Mioku soon turned to surgeries once again.

Over time, Mioku could no longer find a clinic or a doctor who would agree on giving her another surgery. Eventually, she stumbled upon a doctor who sold her silicone injections and showed her how to inject them herself. However, once she used them she decided to inject cooking oil in her face. It was a mistake so huge that it cost her everything. Her face has become permanently disfigured and there was nothing that could be done for her.

Fearing for her life, she asked from the public to help her raise money and try to save her face. She did receive donations, but there was no going back with the way she looked. Doctors did manage to remove 60 grams of foreign substance from her face and 200 grams from her neck, but that didn’t make much change.

Today, not much is known about Mioku except that she works in a cloths shop. Unfortunately, her face is still disfigured. The saddest part of all is that she did this to herself.

For more on her story check out the video below.