While the United States may be considered a juggernaut when it comes to cosmetic plastic surgery, there are a number of countries around the world that aren’t far behind the U.S. when it comes to the number of cosmetic procedures performed annually.
According to the most recent global statistics from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, there were 3.3 million procedures performed in the U.S. in 2010, followed by 2.2 million procedures in Brazil in 2010. China, Japan and India round out the top five with roughly 1.2 million procedures performed in each country. Mexico comes in sixth with roughly 900,000 procedures, and Italy in seventh with just over 800,000 procedures. South Korea performed 770,000 procedures in 2010. France and Colombia complete the top ten with roughly 500,000 procedures in each country.
However, when measured in terms of procedures per capita, the U.S. actually falls behind a number of top ten countries, namely South Korea, Brazil, Italy and Colombia. The remaining top ten rank very close behind the U.S.
While the U.S. may be a leader in breakthrough surgical procedures and techniques, plastic surgery can certainly be considered a mainstay in nearly all cultural environments around the world.