Breast augmentation, eyelid and other plastic surgery procedures are on the rise – globally. It’s become clear that the U.S. isn’t the only country obsessed with beauty. In fact, several other countries have topped the U.S. with their annual plastic surgery procedures.
ABC News recently released the top 7 “nip/tuck” destinations across the globe:
1) South Korea comes in at number one. According to a market-research survey published in 2009, approximately one in five women from Seoul have undergone some sort of plastic surgery. The most popular procedures in 2010 were liposuction, nose jobs and eyelid surgery.
2) Surprisingly, Greece came in second, despite its lagging economy. Breast augmentation was the most popular procedure across Greece.
3) More than 815,745 cosmetic procedures were performed in Italy in 2010. Botox injections appeared to be the most popular non-invasive procedure, while liposuction topped the list for surgical requests.
4) Culturally, Brazil is known for its high rate of plastic surgery. There is even a government-based tax-deduction system in place for low-income citizens. Liposuction and breast augmentation were the most popular choices in 2010.
5) Columbia has become a popular cosmetic tourism destination in recent years and boasted nearly 90,000 cosmetic procedures in 2010. Liposuction was the most popular choice across both invasive and non-invasive procedures.
6) With over 3.3 million procedures performed in 2010, the U.S. is extremely fond of plastic surgery. Liposuction is the most in-demand procedure, with breast augmentation close on its heels.
7) According to researchers, plastic surgery appears to evolve with the trends in Taiwan, which saw a total of 222,116 procedures performed in 2010. Botox treatment was by far the most popular choice across the board.
According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, global plastic surgery rates are rising largely due to an increase in global awareness and education, with regard to plastic surgery.
“The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has worked hard to share best practices,” said Dr. Julius Few, director of the Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. “This educational initiative combined with wider acceptance abroad has led to an increased acceptance in some cultures over others.”