The arrival of COVID-19 during the last two years has meant the closure of several businesses around the world. However, the demand for plastic surgery in some countries has remained stable and even increased.
This is due, in large part, to the fact that many of them were and still are known as havens for cosmetic surgery. They are characterized by being specialists in certain procedures and a large part of their population has undergone surgery to modify their appearance. It is already something more common than you think.
According to the latest data obtained by the International Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS), in 2020, these are the countries that have performed the most cosmetic procedures during that year and those that are recognized as the paradises of cosmetic surgery .
The United States ranks first on the list of countries with the highest demand for cosmetic changes in the world. He has been leading this position for four years with more than 4.5 million procedures per year. The most popular are breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast lift.
According to the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), breast augmentation in the country is performed approximately 400,000 times each year, something extremely common compared to those performed in other countries. This has led the entity to begin to implement stricter regulations regarding the warnings of the acquisition of implants due to the risk involved.
The South American giant is the second country that leads the list (close to 2 million). In Brazil, the aesthetic interventions that lead the demand are liposuction, mammoplasty, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty and breast lift.
According to a report by the EFE agency carried out in 2020, that year these processes increased by 40% despite COVID-19. In children, for example, ear correction was in strong demand. The Brazilian doctor Cintia Ríos believes that it is due to the use of masks, which made visible the appearance with "more ears".
Germany ranks third (1,157,738). According to the International of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction is preferred. It is followed by breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, breast lift, and rhinoplasty.
The Asian country is present year after year in this ranking. This time it ranks fourth. His main specialty is blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, which accounts for more than 64% of all cosmetic surgeries in Japan.
This procedure is quite common among both men and women. It is generally applied to elderly people due to excess skin on the eyelids. However, in Asian nations such as Japan or South Korea, it has become very popular to obtain a westernized appearance and a more open look.
In fact, this operation is often already an established pattern in Asian culture.
Globally, the most popular surgeries are, in this order, breast augmentation, liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, and tummy tuck. Among men, eyelid surgery is more in demand, while breast augmentation is more preferred among women.
The top 3 countries according to the demand for surgery: