15 million people worldwide had a plastic surgery in 2011… but why are south Korean so much more likely to go under the knife?
South Koreans have more plastic surgery than any other nation, astonishing new figures reveal. Those in the Asian country have more treatments per members of the population, with one in every 77 turning to the knife or needle.
The figures, from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, show that in 2011, 15 million people across the globe turned to plastic urgery to enhance their looks.
While the popularity of cosmetic surgery in South Krea may come as a surprise to many, the undustry there is in fact booming. Last year, 20 per cent of women aged 19 to 49 in the captial city of Seoul admitted to going under the knife.
One of the most popular surgical procedures is double eyelid surgery – which reduces excess skin in the upper eyelid to make the eyes appear bigger and make them look more western.
It is believed that the rise of the country’s music industry is behind the boom, and many patients visit clinics with photos of celebrities, asking surgeons to emulate American noses or eyes.
Singer PSY, whose song gangnam Style became a global hit, said his record label had urged him to get plastic surgery.
EvenMiss korea 2012, Kim yu-mi, admitted she went under the knife to achieve her pageant-winning good looks.
The stunet revealed the secret after photos emerged ofher looking very diferent at school, but she said she hadn’t misled anyone.
I never said I was born beautiful, she told Korean media.
While south Korea topped the table in relative terms, when it came to total numbers of tucks, peels, fillers, jabs and lifts in tehir quest for the perfect body, america cemented its place at the top of the table in the poll of 20,000 surgeons.
There were also regional variations in the popularity of different procedures.
Brazil, known for its beach culture, performed the most male breast reductions, bottom implants and vaginal rejuvenations where tissue in the area is firmed up for a youthful appearance.
Meanwhile, nose jobs are popular in Asia, with China, Japan and South Korea among the top five nations for rhinoplasty.
The country performing the highest number of breast implants is the U.S., followed by Brazil, Mexico, Italy and China.
The U.S. and Brazil also come first and second for the highest number of eye lifts and tummy tucks. Meanwhile, as obesity rates rise a growing mumber of overweight adults are turning to surgery for a quck fix.