In the US, we’re bombarded everyday with images of blonde bombshells gallivanting around Hollywood, flaunting their surgically enhanced figures and faces. Reality TV star Heidi Montag may be known more for the astounding one-day marathon surgery in which doctors performed 10 different cosmetic procedures on her than for any of the television shows she’s appeared in.
But a survey of plastic surgeons around the world conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has revealed that, although the US is still the leading country for number of cosmetic surgeries performed in a year, a new plastic surgery capital emerged when taking population into account: South Korea.
In 2010, there were 1.6 million cosmetic surgeries performed in the US and only about 360,000 in the number eight country, South Korea. But that amounts to one in every 142 South Koreans and only one in every 200 Americans going under the knife that year.
Globally, the procedures being performed in the greatest numbers are lipoplasty (liposuction), followed by breast augmentation, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), rhinoplasty (nose job), and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
So, are all of these cosmetic updates leading to a more self-confident, happier world? Not necessarily.
According to the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, some people don’t feel any better about themselves after surgery, and some are actually likely to become more depressed. People who are most susceptible to post-plastic surgery depression include those with unrealistic expectations for the outcome, those who choose surgery for the wrong reasons, and people with a history of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders like body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
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Sources: abcnews.go.com and http://health.howstuffworks.com