The World’s Love Affair With Plastic Surgery [Infographic]

In 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, some 11.36 million plastic surgery procedures were carried out around the world along with another 13.6 million nonsurgical procedures. The most popular operation performed by plastic surgeons was breast augmentation with nearly 1.8 million procedures carried out, followed by Liposuction with 1.4 million and Eyelid Surgery with 1.26 million. The data comes from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or ISAPS who reported that the total number of surgical procedures in 2019 represented a 7.1% increase on 2018 and a 20.6% increase on 2015.

Some nations have a greater love affair with plastic surgery than others. In 2019, Brazil was the country with the highest number of procedures for which reliable data was available. Brazil had 1.49 million plastic surgery procedures that year, the most common of which were Liposuction, Breast Augmentation and Abdominoplasty. With just over 1.35 million procedures in total, the United States was in second place. Its most popular operations were similar to Brazil, though Breast Augmentation was in first position, followed by Liposuction and Abdominoplasty.

Elsewhere in the plastic surgery league, Mexico came third with 580,000 procedures, followed by Russia (483,152) and India (394,728). ISAPS also ranks the countries with the most plastic surgeons with the U.S. in first place with 6,900. Brazil comes second with 6,011 while China rounds off the top-three with 3,000. Plastic surgery procedures are predominantly performed on females who accounted for 86.5 percent of all operations performed in 2019. They also accounted for a similar swathe of all nonsurgical cosmetic procedures carried out that year at 87.2 percent.

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