What Some Women Will Do for Beauty
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MOST POPULAR COSMETIC SURGERIES BY ETHNICITY
In the past five years, the number of plastic surgeries performed on minorities jumped 65 percent compared with an increase of 38 percent for the overall population. Why the spike in minority candidates? Higher incomes and access to a wider range of ethnic-specific techniques.
A GLOBAL LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE KNIFE
In an attempt to preserve traditional Eastern looks, plastic surgery was banned in China until 2001. Now, it's a $2.4-billion-a-year business. Add Japan (which spends $18.4 million on plastic surgery annually) and India (where cosmetic surgery has experienced a 15 percent growth in the past three years), and Asia is now the world's second-largest plastic-surgery hub. The U.S. is still in the lead, with its whopping $8.4 billion industry.
THE QUEST FOR A SKI-JUMP NOSE
Unlike the rhinoplasties performed on Caucasians (often to straighten a bridge or remove a bump), nose reshaping for minorities generally leads to narrower nostrils, a higher bridge, and a pointier tip shapes typical of white noses.
TOP COUNTRIES FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION
Spain, Italy, U.K., Sweden, Finland, India, Norway, Slovenia. In the U.S., the procedure ranks #1 for Hispanics and #2 for Asian-Americans among minorities.