Top 25 Places in the World to see Plastic Surgery

A. Foley on 23 Aug 2010 at 9:41am

Americans and Brazilians share a global reputation for being plastic surgery obsessed.

Based on data recently released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS, a partner with RealSelf.com), this appears to be a fair assumption.  The US and Brazil led the World in total cosmetic procedures performed last year.

 

    Rank                Total Cosmetic Procedures

  1. US                3,031,146
  2. Brazil            2,475,237
  3. China           2,193,935
  4. India                894,700
  5. Mexico            835,280
  6. Japan              742,324
  7. S. Korea          659,213
  8. Germany         524,842
  9. Italy                  350,250
  10. Russia             345,920
  11. Turkey             340,144
  12. Spain               326,802
  13. Argentina        297,813
  14. France             297,438
  15. Hungary          232,981
  16. Canada           216,623
  17. Colombia        192,678
  18. UK                    190,378
  19. Taiwan            186,355
  20. Venezuela      166,274
  21. Thailand          136,798
  22. Australia          130,200
  23. Portugal           128,206
  24. Belgium           126,283
  25. Saudi Arabia   116,666

Nearly one-third (32%) of all cosmetic surgery procedures were done in the US and Brazil. Somewhat surprisingly, China, comes in third in the world. In fact, China leads the world in breast implants (222,530 vs 204,516 in the USA) and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) (175,228 vs 170,202 in the USA).

However, when you consider the cosmetic procedures data on a per capita basis, the picture changes quite dramatically.  Suddenly Americans seem to be less of a cosmetic surgery obsessed society. The place where you're most likely to find someone who has undergone plastic surgery is Hungary and South Korea.

Top 25 Per Capita, Undergoing Plastic Surgery  

    Rank                            Per Capita

  1. Hungary               2.33%
  2. S. Korea               1.32%
  3. Brazil                    1.28%
  4. Portugal               1.21%
  5. Belgium               1.17%
  6. US                         0.98%
  7. Taiwan                 0.81%
  8. Mexico                  0.77%
  9. Argentina             0.73%
  10. Spain                    0.71%
  11. Germany              0.64%
  12. Canada                0.63%
  13. Japan                   0.58%
  14. Australia              0.58%
  15. Italy                       0.58%
  16. Venezuela           0.58%
  17. Turkey                  0.47%
  18. France                  0.45%
  19. Saudi Arabia       0.44%
  20. Colombia             0.42%
  21. United Kindom    0.31%
  22. Russia                  0.24%
  23. Thailand               0.22%
  24. China                    0.16%
  25. India                      0.08%

Plastic Surgery Procedures Conducted 2009, World Statistics based on Per Capita

Source: ISAPS Raw Data (PDF Download)
 

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