More Americans undergo plastic surgery than people in any other country in the world.
But when countries' populations are taken into account, five other nations have more cosmetic surgeries per capita than the U.S., according to data from Trend Monitor and graphed by The Economist.
The top 7 countries with the most plastic surgeries are:
1. South Korea
6. United States
Americans spend more a year in the cosmetic industry than they ever will on their education. Why?
1. There is a lot of money to be made in beauty, now more than ever.
Every month, there seems to be a new product on the market promising youth for older women and glamour for younger women. Every magazine has a huge beauty section because the advertisers are willing to pay big bucks for huge glossy ads about eyeshadow or lipstick. And it's no wonder beauty is a big business: it doesn't cost a lot of money to produce a small tub of cream (Creme de La Mer costs upwards of $100) but women won’t think twice before swiping their credit cards to buy it.
2. The anti-aging industry is growing at a furious rate.
Ten years ago you had only Oil of Olay promising to erase fine lines and wrinkles. Now you have microdermabrasion products, Retinoids (think Retin-A, which isn't just for acne anymore), antioxidants and peels. On top of this, you have a whole list of new minor cosmetic procedures that women are trying as early as age 20. These fillers (think Botox and Restylane) offer women a simpler, less costly option to look younger. They are becoming so mainstream, women in Dallas are getting them done in the mall of all places!
3. On a lighter note, a 'less is more' trend that I hope takes off.
It started with an article in a magazine about how the French are so much more casual than Americans with their makeup and we all know French women are so very sophisticated. This unleashed a few 'Beauty secrets from the French articles'. Then the New York Times writer Alex Kuczynski wrote a book that got a ton of recent buzz about how she became obsessed with cosmetic surgery and has opted to now go au naturel. Perhaps this new trend is a result of the number 1 and 2 trends I outlined above. We'll see if it has any sort of affect. I'm somewhat doubtful it will. But on the streets of New York, you don't see a lot of bright lipstick and heavily lined eyes. I can't speak for anywhere else, however. But since New York is the trendsetter of American beauty and culture, we'll see where that takes us.
4. The celebrity factor...in advertising.
Over the past five years or so, celebrities have become spokesmodels for beauty products, unseating the 'Supermodels' of the late 80's, early 90's. This reflects a general trend in advertising, I think, where celebrities have pitched all sorts of products from watches to foundation. They don't wear a ton of makeup when stalked by paparazzi, I've noticed, but they sure make a ton of money pitching it for ad agencies.
The beginning of every year brings in new hope and enthusiasm. We look forward to a new beginning and hope things to improve from the last year. We like to forget about our pasts and its daunting memories and wish for a new start. Hence, New Year is celebrated with cheering and joy by every race around the world.
Although many of us make a New Year resolution at the beginning of a New Year but we do it more out of a custom than with actual planning. Also, people don't spare much thought in finding out what he/she will actually like to achieve in the year. Hence, the success rate with New Year resolution is actually poor. Some tips therefore can become handy in making your New Year resolution a success.
Fix your target: What is really important to you? What do you want to achieve in the coming days? Setting your priorities will help you set your New Year's resolution better.
Make a realistic promise: When we promise, we promise big, without really considering the possibilities of achieving it at the end. This is one of the major causes of higher failure rate with New Year's resolutions. Hence, make yourself a realistic promise.
Make an optimistic promise: Try and look at the positive side of the promise. Leave the negative ideas aside. Hence, instead of saying that ‘I'll not be late at my appointments' say 'henceforth, I'll reach everywhere in time'. The positive tone will help you improve your chances of success.
Break down big goals: If you have promised yourself a big thing set small targets at first. Instead of looking at the mammoth task on the whole, taking small steps towards achieving it will help you to reach the target easily.
Develop other habits: We all know that some habits are hard to change. Hence, the best way to change an old habit is by developing other engagement. If you have decided to quit smoking, find another engagement which will relax you and will take your mind away from smoking.
t is 2013 - your year for uncovering a fabulous, new you. That said, Dr. Shah and his team would like to help you fulfill your New Year's resolutions. What better way to start than from the inside-- out? Let us introduce you to several beauty treatments and different options for you to improve on the specific features that you would like to work on. This can help you reach your goals and give you the confidence to fulfill your New Year’s Resolutions!
Peter Pan And Plastic Surgery - What's the connection?
Peter Pan wanted to stay young forever, now you can too!
Many of us get the "Peter Pan syndrome" where we want to fly away to Neverland and never grow up. Well I've personally looked for that second star to the right and haven't had any luck of finding it.
Even Michael Jackson was impressed by Peter Pan. In fact, so much that Michael asked Landmark if they could design a theme park- a real one, just like DisneyLand. Except his would be named "Peter Pan's Neverland." A lot of spectators out there even say that Michael went so far as to have his surgery replicate Peter Pan.
Michael's not the only celebrity that has taken a liking to Peter Pan. He is the eternal Young One. But Sir Cliff Richard's attempts to hold on to those boyish features have not been without a price. "Because of this Peter Pan of Pop title, I have had to live up to something that nobody actually can," says Cliff himself. Sir Cliff, whose career has spanned an astonishing six decades, revealed he had started using Botox on his forehead three years ago after being introduced to it by his sisters. "I've tried this stuff called Botox," he said.
The fact of life is that we're all going to get our first wrinkle, hopefully later than sooner. But what if there were options available to you that could help you grow old gracefully? With cosmetic treatments consistently on the rise, it is no secret that more and more people are seeking out plastic surgeons to help them out with the "Peter Pan syndrome." Statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reveal that almost 85,000 people over 65 had cosmetic surgery last year alone.
Plastic surgery isn't the only answer. For those of you who would rather stay away from the knife, there are injectables that go right into your skin for a quick and easy result of taking years of your age. These injectables, also known as soft tissue fillers, are amongst Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, Belotero, and many more. Results from these fillers will last you months so you're longing for Peter Pan to whisk you away to Neverland can finally be put to rest!
Finally... A filler that's your own natural collagen!
SCULPTRA AESTHETIC works to replace lost collagen in a series of treatments administered by Dr. Shah. On average, three injection sessions are needed over a period of a few months. to get those results you're desiring to get.
Over time, skin loses its full, firm, youthful appearance. This is the result of a natural ageing process: the older skin is damaged, becomes thinner, and loses its natural elasticity also fat is lost from the facial contours. As a result, hollows appear around the temples and cheek area. This reduction in skin volume can make the face look thin and narrow; possibly making people appear older than they are.
What exactly is collagen? Collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin youthful looking and smooth. As you age, your body's collagen production decreases, and you may begin to see wrinkles. Sculptra Aesthetic works to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds, as it replaces lost collagen, which can help provide a refined, more youthful looking appearance.
Sculptra can restore facial contour and get rid of lines and wrinkles without surgery. Sculptra is a synthetic, injectable material that contains skin-smoothing micro particles to help lift and smooth sagging skin, severe wrinkles, creases, dark circles, and scars. Poly-L-lactic acid, the main ingredient of Sculptra, has been used successfully in surgical procedures for bioresorbable sutures, in bone plates and screws, and as a medium for medication, among others for more than 35 years.
You wouldn't believe the number of celebrities that prefer to use Sculptra over any other type of injectable. Heidi Montage from MTV's "The Hills," Jenny McCarthy, Jennifer Aniston, Megan Fox, and even American Idol's renowned judge Simon Cowell are all big fan of Sculptra Aesthetics!
The result? Sculptra Aesthetic is different because it gradually and subtly corrects these facial wrinkles. This can provide a refined, more youthful looking appearance that can last up to two years.