Cosmetic surgery: 7 most popular procedures in the world

Complexes about our physical appearance are extremely common, and can lead people to resorting to increasingly extreme forms of cosmetic surgery. Purely aesthetic, it is used as a solution for a lack of self confidence, or to live up to certain beauty “standards”. So have you ever wondered which parts of the body go most often under the surgeon’s knife? Which are the most common procedures? Read on for the answers…

As you would expect, the UK is quite far down the list in terms of the number of cosmetic surgeries performed per year, with around 38,000 performed in 2010, compared to 3.3 million in the United States and 2.5 million in Brazil. However, when we consider this number in relation to the size of the population, these types of operations are still quite common! Find out which are the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery in the world.

1. Liposuction

According to an international study carried out by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) in 2013, liposuction is top of the list, accounting for 18.8% of all cosmetic surgeries. It consists of vacuuming out the fat from a particular part of the body. One way of quickly reaching your target weight….

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2. Breast augmentation

Having recently been dethroned, this was the most popular type of cosmetic surgery in the first decade of the 2000s. It now accounts for 17% of allcosmetic procedures. Extremely popular with women, it consists of inserting implants into the breasts in order to increase the bra size.

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3. Blepharoplasty

At 13.5%, blepharoplasty is the third most sought after cosmetic procedure, according to the same ISAPS survey. Are you familiar with the term? It is a facial surgery which aims to reduce the signs of ageing around the eyes, proposing a less “tired” look. It can involve modifications to the eyelids, the eyebrows, dark circles or wrinkles.

4. Facelifts

Facelifts are a very common cosmetic surgery practice, and are performed to tone up parts of the face that tend to sag, such as the cheeks or the neck. One way of looking younger is to have either a deep plane facelift, or a mid-facelift, depending on which areas you want to change. The term rhytidectomy is also used. However, less drastic measures can also be taken, such as the mini facelift. This leads to less significant scarring, and is considered “gentler”. It is recommended for when the signs of ageing are not too well established.

5. Nose jobs

In fifth position, at 9.4%, nose jobs, or rhinoplasty, are among the most popular choices for facial transformation in the past number of years. Rhinoplasty is quite simply reshaping the nose – a highly sought after operation in men and women alike. It is possible to reduce the size of the nostrils, to get rid of a bump, to reduce the overall size or straighten a crooked nose.

cosmetic surgery nose job
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6. Tummy tuck

A study carried out in 2013 by the International Masters Course on Aging Skin (IMCAS) confirmed the results of the ISAPS study and placed abdominoplasty, or “tummy tucks”, in sixth position.

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7. Vaginal surgery

As surprising as it may seem, vaginal surgery is particularly fashionable at present! Even the most intimate body parts are becoming something to be “improved” upon. It is now nothing out of the ordinary to look for a reduction in the size of the labia, or even to have a vaginal lift.

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