With the rising phenomenon of Korean pop groups and everything Korean, from the food, the music, the dramas, the fashion... and the beautiful people, pretty boys and pretty girls... we are already accustomed to them doing plastic surgery like doing lunch. Its rampantly common like soup for cantonese families. And we thought Korea is the No.1 country with the highest plastic surgeries done.
Yet look at this.
"For the first time ever, ISAPs has numbers to show what is going on globally," he tells WebMD. There are 30,816 plastic surgeons practicing across the globe, and they performed an estimated 8,536,379 surgical procedures and 8,758,187 nonsurgical procedures in 2009, according to the statistics.
According to the new statistics, 17.5% of all procedures were performed in the U.S, and 14.3% were performed in Brazil. China accounted for 12.7% of cosmetic surgery procedures, followed by India at 5.2%. The universal desire to look good seems to be firmly entrenched on the desi shores as India having more disposable income than before.
The Top 10 countries for plastic surgery are:
United States still wins, where Hollywood is the main reservoir of these nips and tucks and tweaks. Who is to blame? Society pressure? Magazines? Photoshop? Technology?
It is so easy to book an appt to do plastic nowadays as long as you save enough money and go to a reliable one i heard. Even among my ex colleagues, there are ones who have done that and still will do some more!
Such as nose jobs, double eyelids, jaw adjustment, fairer skin, etc.
Silicone implants for nose reshaping and eyelid surgery are popular in countries such as Thailand and China, he says. Injectables are not as popular in other countries as they are in the U.S yet, report says. For South Korean teenage girls, the primary target of change is their eyes. Having big eyes is every teen’s dream and it can become a reality via a simple $800 operation in which a small incision is made above the eye to create an artificial double lid. Kids as young as 14 are opting for the surgery, and what have come to be known as “eye jobs” have become a favorite graduation gift from parents. During the winter months when high school seniors are on vacation preparing for either college or the work place, the clinics are at their busiest. Moat of the surgeries requested are for the eyelids, but nose jobs are also becoming popular among the teen population.
“Teenagers are plastic surgery experts. They tell the doctor, using scientific words, which surgery method to use. There is another painful aspect to this plastic surgery phenomenon. The emphasis on looks is fine, but the silent acceptance of a “racially inferior” look is not. The fear of falling behind and not being able to compete unless they have themselves remade is a sad commentary on a generation of teenagers.
“Parents make their kids get plastic surgery, just like they make them study. They realize looks are important for success,” says Dr. Shim Hyung Bo, a Seoul plastic surgeon.
For teenagers in South Korea today, getting their eyes done is a lot easier than getting the keys to their parents’ car.
~ xoxo, Beauty Editor
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