Cosmetic surgery, which involves enhancing or improving the physical features of the body, has been around since ancient times. All throughout history, humans have been obsessed with beauty and aesthetics, and it is no different today as standards of physical appearance are very important in pop culture. Cosmetic surgery is more ubiquitous now than it was before as our knowledge of it has increased and demand has surged. While cosmetic surgery is common all over the world, there are countries and cities where more procedures are performed than elsewhere. In this article, we will explore the parts of the world where cosmetic surgery is performed the most and why that is the case.
Popularity by country
The United States has the greatest number of cosmetic surgery procedures out of any other country. According to a survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), there were over 4.3 million procedures performed in the United States in 2018 alone. Brazil comes in second with roughly 2.2 million procedures. Mexico is third at approximately one million. Germany and India are in fourth and fifth place with less than a million procedures. In the United States and Brazil, the most popular plastic surgeries are breast augmentations, liposuctions, abdominoplasty, eyelid surgeries, and breast lifts.
South Korea, Greece, Italy, Columbia, and Taiwan also come up as countries with a high number of cosmetic procedures. Interestingly, the UK only saw about 27,000 cosmetic surgeries performed in 2019, which suggests that the British are not nearly as concerned with physical appearance as their American counterparts.
Popularity by state and city
Since the U.S. is the country with the greatest number of cosmetic surgery procedures in the world, we can expect certain states and cities to fulfill a greater number of cosmetic demands than others. Beverly Hills, San Francisco, and Miami are always at the top of the list when considering the greatest number of cosmetic surgeries per capita. Interestingly, Salt Lake City, Utah is also a leader in aesthetic procedures, which many people don’t assume given their religious affiliations. Los Angeles, New York City, and Austin, Texas are also leaders in the cosmetic industry.
The most common cosmetic surgery performed in the U.S. is a breast augmentation, also known as a ‘boob job.’ This procedure type uses silicone or saline implants to increase or enhance the size and shape of the breasts. Liposuction comes in second as the most popular cosmetic procedure. Liposuctions involve removing fat from problem areas to contour the shape of the body and give it a leaner look. Nose jobs, known clinically as rhinoplasty, comes in at third. Rhinoplasties can be cosmetic or reconstructive in nature as it can either improve the look of the nose or correct a deviated septum by removing cartilage or bone.
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