Dallas Plastic Surgeon Says Data Shows Beauty Ideals Vary Between Countries

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Dr. Fred Hackney cites statistics from a worldwide survey of plastic surgeons in a recent blog post.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, according to an old saying. But data from a recent worldwide survey of plastic surgeons suggests that this saying may indeed be true. So says Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Fred Hackney in a recent blog post.

Dr. Hackney cites data from a survey of 996 plastic surgeons around the world. The survey was conducted by International Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and asked surgeons report the number of surgical and non-surgical plastic surgery procedures they performed. Survey data was then tabulated to estimate the total number of procedures performed worldwide and by country.

The survey found that the U.S. has highest total number of plastic surgery procedures of any country, with Brazil not far behind.

But when these figures are adjusted to account for each country’s population, the U.S. ranked in fourth place. South Korea, Greece and Italy ranked first, second and third, respectively.

“In other words, a higher percentage of the population in South Korea, Greece and Italy have had some form of plastic surgeon,” says Dr. Hackney.

But Dr. Hackney says that the data also gives insight into each country’s idea of beauty. For example, the most common plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. were liposuction and breast augmentation, according to Dr. Hackney. The most common procedure in Asian countries (including China, Japan and South Korea) was rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job.”

“It goes to show the relative importance different cultures place on different parts of the human body,” says Dr. Hackney. “This information is a telltale sign of what we’ve always known: the ideal of beauty varies between different countries and cultures.”

Or, put another way, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, says Dr. Hackney.

Dr. Hackney is a noted plastic surgeon practicing in Dallas, Texas, and presented lectures on rhinoplasty in Central America and Europe.

About the Hackney Plastic Surgery Center
Dr. Fred Hackney is a noted Dallas plastic surgeon named one of the “Best Doctors in Dallas” by D Magazine for six consecutive years. Dr. Fred Hackney is one of the few plastic surgeons in the country that has been double board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. For more information about the Hackney Plastic Surgery Center visit http://www.drhackney.net, call (214) 346-9222 or visit his office at 8315 Walnut Hill Ln, Suite 225, Dallas, TX 75231.

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