Plastic surgery is more socially acceptable than ever before. Pop culture alone stands to reflect the rise in young people undergoing surgery, but thanks to a recent report from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS), we now have numerical proof of the increase in surgeries.
Research released by ISAPS on “Aesthetic/Cosmetic Procedures” breaks down who’s getting what procedures and where. It ranks countries, the number of surgeons, and a breakdown of exactly what kind of work people are getting done.
The top five countries with residents opting for plastic surgery:
United States (17.9 percent of surgeries)
Brazil (10.7 percent )
Japan (4.8 percent)
Italy (4.1 percent)
Mexico (3.9 percent)
The percentages are taken from a worldwide total — for scale, the U.S. had more than 4 million total procedures in 2016, while Brazil comparatively trailed at 2.5 million.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the report was the fact that the U.S. took the top spot in the surgical breast procedures (19 percent of the global total) and second place behind Brazil for the body category including treatments such as liposuction, abdominoplasty, and butt augmentation.
The trends differ dramatically throughout the regions. For example, while the most common surgical procedures in the U.S. are breast augmentations, Japan’s most popular cosmetic procedure is eyelid surgery, a very common practice among modern East Asian culture.
Hate it or love it, these findings prove that people are becoming more and more interested in plastic surgery — and that which body parts they’re having altered has a whole lot to do with culture.
Read the whole report here.
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