Quoting stats from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the Economist reports—and sit down for this—that Korea leads the world in popularity of cosmetic surgery:
Non-invasive treatments to plump out wrinkles, smooth lines and remove hair account for more than half of all procedures: over 3m of these are for botox alone. America is home to more cosmetic enhancement than anywhere else, but accounting for population reveals a different story. On that measure, more primping and preening goes on in South Korea, Greece and Italy, as the chart below shows.
Some 13.5 Koreans out of 1,000 undergo a cosmetic procedure. In the No. 2, Greece, 12.5 out of 1,000 get procedures.
Most of these are non-evasive procedures like Botox. As far as operations are concerned, nose jobs are the most common in East Asia.