In the age of the quick fix, people don’t have to be “born with it” to be beautiful.
A small incision here, an implant there and presto! Instant beauty. What’s most fascinating about the world of plastic surgery, however, is the glimpse it offers into a country’s deepest desires and insecurities. Using a report released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we’ve rounded up the 10 countries that performed the most plastic surgery operations in 2013 (plus Canada, for the sake of comparison). You’ll never believe what we found:
Germany has a tight grip on penis enlargement
Germany handily takes the title of penis-enlargement capital of the world, with roughly one in every five penile-enlargement surgeries worldwide taking place in Deutschland. In fact, Germany performs more of these operations than the other nine countries in the 2013 report combined. By contrast, buttock-augmentation surgeries (a.k.a. butt implants) seem to be abnormally unpopular over there. Take that as you will.
Brazil hits below the belt
Maybe it’s all the beaches and bikinis, but Brazilians seem to be preoccupied with vaginal-rejuvenation surgeries (13,683) and buttock augmentations (63,925). And even though the country is famous for its “full Brazilian” wax, hair transplants were quite popular in the country as well. Va-va-voom!
Thin is in in the US of A
Hollywood’s love of all things plastic clearly has had an effect on Americans. Not only is the US king of both breast-augmentation surgeries (313,703) and liposuction (235,814), but they’ve also seen a steady rise in buttock augmentations. “Kim Kardashian may have made large butts acceptable,” said American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) Education Commissioner, Robert Warren, noting there have been many big-butted celebs who helped spark the trend. “People are more willing to [undergo plastic surgery] because they aren’t embarrassed by it.”
Iran made the list?!
That’s right: Conservative Iran somehow fell into the Top 10. The country didn’t perform many surgeries related to breasts, butts or other “extremities.” Instead, the vast majority of Iranian operations in 2013 were nose surgeries (37,423) and others related to the face. There were, however, still a few breast-augmentation operations (8,630) as well as a handful of penile-enlargement operations (12).
Canadians love their curves, eh?
Canadians tend to mirror the plastic surgery trends of our southern neighbours. While there was no data for us on ISAPS’ 2013 report (we used its Canadian data from 2011 instead), Dr. Warren says he’s now performing twice the amount of buttock-augmentation surgeries than he was just a few years ago, and he also noted that breast enhancement surgeries continue to rise nationwide.
Guess that can only mean one thing: We like big butts and we cannot lie.