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October 5, 2007

What Some Women Will Do for Beauty

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Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

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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.


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