There is a fine line between self-care and vanity. This line is often overlooked and people end up confusing the one with another. While it is important to take care of one’s health – mental, emotional, and physical, going too far in a bid to make your outer appearance near perfect is nothing but vanity. Playing judge is not the objective of this article, but we need to understand what the world trends are in order to raise awareness about the possibility of raising our kids in a world where artificial beauty is regarded over and above natural beauty.
Where on the one hand people have always been attracted to the physical charm, it does not help when image and personal branding experts publicize the need to look perfect for the sake of social standards. As a result, people start turning to plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures hoping that they will have a better life once they get rid of the not-so-perfect parts of their bodies.
Recently, brilliant minds at Medzino got together to put up a report on how the global trends surrounding cosmetic surgery are shaping the mindset of not one but many communities worldwide. It is a dekko on the popularity of cosmetic surgeries around the world and gives an insight into some strangely interesting trends pertaining to cosmetic surgeries in the world.
Findings from the report reveal the names of the countries which are the biggest indulgers in cosmetic surgery.
The most intriguing fact is that Japan is the biggest center for eyelid surgeries, also making it the only nation with the highest number of total surgeries on the list. The reason for this is because Asian culture is being westernized at a very fast pace. Clients are opting for a more open ‘western’ shape to their eyes. Owing to the same culture of westernization, facelifts are the second most popular surgery in Japan and the highest worldwide.
Next to Japan, South Korea is another country with the most eyelid surgery operations worldwide. Blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery is the topmost procedure practiced in South Korea.
But America is in a league of its own, with breast augmentation surgeries surging through the roof. Unsurprisingly, 15.5% of all cosmetic surgeries are breast implants in America. A big reason behind this is the American ideology of – bigger is better and the influence of Hollywood and its celebrities. “A country’s economy and the access to disposable income usually plays a big part in the demand of plastic surgery unless the government pays for it,” says Dr. Malcolm Roth, president of the American Society for Plastic Surgeons.
Liposuction or removal of fatty tissues holds the second position for being the most popular cosmetic surgery in the world. Interestingly, labiaplasty is the least popular cosmetic surgery, and second, to last is breast implant removal with 1.6% of the people perhaps realizing they might have gone too far in their pursuit of perfection.
Such results are beginning to shed light on the effect of globalization on the cosmetic surgery industry and also on people’s acceptance towards cosmetic surgery.
But the report was not created so that our readers get lost in the midst of all the facts and figures. Here is an interactive map that leads the user to discover some of the most interesting trends in the world which we may have missed or may have not mentioned exclusively in the report. As you move across the globe in the map, it shows you the popularity of various cosmetic procedures around the world by using varying depths of color.
Here is how the report was compiled by Medzino –
Cosmetic surgery is surely a lucrative solution to your problems related to physical deformities and appearance, but it comes with its own set of pros and cons. It is advisable to consult your doctor before you decide to go for any of the cosmetic procedures. Remember that once done, the surgery cannot be undone and you’ll have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life. Due diligence is your best bet in such a situation.
More power to you!