Plastic surgery comes from the Greek word ‘Plastikos’, which means ‘fit for molding’. If the material is malleable, or has enough ‘plasticity’ during its manufacturing, to be cast as, or presses into a variety of shapes, it is considered to be fit for molding. This implies that the concept of plastic surgery might not be as recent as we believe it to be. Plastic surgery has been around for a very long time. The oldest reference in history about plastic surgery goes back to 1213 BC. Egyptians believed that when someone dies, their face is the only image that they carry with themselves in their afterlife. Hence when the Pharaoh Ramses II died with a big nose, they performed surgery to insert bone and seeds to make it recognizable. Later, in 600 BC, live surgery was recorded for the first time. When the noses of adulterers and criminals were cut-off as punishment, plastic surgery was performed using skin from their cheeks to rebuilt their nose to regain normalcy.
Come 2020, and we have not yet recovered from the social stigma surrounding cosmetic surgery. Being a controversial topic, the two schools of thought having opposite thoughts and opinions about cosmetic surgery remain intact. On one hand, the argument is that cosmetic surgery is an empowering phenomenon that gives you complete control over your looks and thus your perceived beauty. The other side comes roaring – plastic surgery is nothing but demoralizing because it proves that we as a society place appearance and physical beauty on a higher pedestal than the real self.
Be as that may, cosmetic surgery continues to be an ever-expanding and thriving field of plastic surgery. It is not some overnight fad that became viral and went off as soon as it appeared. According to statistics, cosmetic surgery is soaring in popularity and it is not showing even the slightest chances of fading away anytime soon. We at Medzino prepared a report dedicated to the worldwide trends on cosmetic surgery and how it varies according to different demographics and geographies all across the world.
Let’s dive right into some of the bizarre and interesting insights we uncovered.
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For the most part, America shines as the world leader in the cosmetic surgery market. Given the massive influence of Hollywood and the public inclination towards ‘bigger’ assets, it comes as a no-brainer that America has the most number of breast augmentation surgeries performed worldwide. Other than that, the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures ( both invasive and non-invasive ) are liposuction, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery.
As can be deduced from the illustration given below, Japan has an astonishing number of eyelid surgeries performed per capita. This can be attributed to the colossal rise in the influence of western culture on the eastern countries.
The original report covers how the trends on cosmetic surgery correlate with various aspects such as varying nations, based on gender, and also an interactive map that lets you uncover hidden patterns across the world when it comes to cosmetic surgeries across the globe.