01 February 2013

More cosmetic surgery operations are carried out in America than anywhere else in the world but the place with the highest proportion of people who have undergone modification treatments is South Korea, where many are driven by a desire to look 'more western'. The findings, covering the 2011 calendar year, come from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS), and show that 15 million people around the world underwent cosmetic surgery.Gathering its findings from 20,000 licensed practitioners worldwide, one of the stand-out findings was that, in 2011 alone, one in five women aged 19 to 49 in the South Korean capital of Seoul had undergone some type of modification work. According to a piece in the Daily Mail, South Koreans' rush to their nearest clinic coincides with a massive growth in the country's music industry, as many patients go to surgeries taking with them pictures of notable stars, and asking to be made to look like them. Around the world, more than 3.1 million procedures were carried out by licensed practitioners, just over one-third of these in America, and a quarter of the overall total worldwide being Botox injections.