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20 nations where plastic surgery is booming business

Last updated on: December 20, 2012 08:24 IST

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Having cosmetic surgery to enhance what nature gave you (or to keep her at bay) is increasingly common, according to The Economist.

Millions of procedures are performed around the world every year, according to a report from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Let's take a look at 20 countries where plastic surgery is a booming business.

Source: The Economist

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Image: A view of the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Photographs: Tony Gentile/Reuters

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South Korea

Procedures per 1,000 population: 16

Total procedures per year: 770,000

Global rank: 1

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Image: Part of Gangnam area is seen down the Han River in Seoul.
Photographs: Lee Jae Won/Reuters
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Greece

Procedures per 1,000 population: 14

Total procedures per year: 160,000

Global rank: 2

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Image: Tourists sit on a hill overlooking Athens outside the Acropolis.
Photographs: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
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Italy

Procedures per 1,000 population: 13

Total procedures per year: 820,000

Global rank: 3

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Image: A view of Rome's ancient Colosseum.
Photographs: Tony Gentile/Reuters
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Brazil

Procedures per 1,000 population: 12

Total procedures per year: 2.52 million

Global rank: 4

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Image: Brazilian National Congress in Brasilia.
Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
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Colombia

Procedures per 1,000 population: 11.7

Total procedures per year: 490,000

Global rank: 5

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Image: A view of illuminated Christmas decorations at Monserrate church in Bogota.
Photographs: John Vizcaino/Reuters
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The United States

Procedures per 1,000 population: 11

Total procedures per year: 3.31 million

Global rank: 6

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Image: Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge is seen from the 90th storey of One World Trade Center in New York.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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Taiwan

Procedures per 1,000 population: 9

Total procedures per year: 220,000

Global rank: 7

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Image: Taipei 101 in Taiwan.
Photographs: Pichi Chuang/Reuters
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Japan

Procedures per 1,000 population: 8.8

Total procedures per year: 1.8 million

Global rank: 8

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Image: Mt Fuji looms over skyscrapers in Tokyo's Shinjuku district.
Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters
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France

Procedures per 1,000 population: 8.3

Total procedures per year: 510,000

Global rank: 9

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Image: Skaters on a giant ice rink at the Grand Palais exhibition hall in Paris.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters
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Mexico

Procedures per 1,000 population: 8.1

Total procedures per year: 920,000

Global rank: 10

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Image: Hot-air balloons fly over the Metropolitano park in Leon, Mexico.
Photographs: Mario Armas/Reuters
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Canada

Procedures per 1,000 population: 7.9

Total procedures per year: 260,000

Global rank: 11

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Image: A worker cleans away snow around the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Photographs: Christopher Pike/Reuters
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Venezuela

Procedures per 1,000 population: 7.8

Total procedures per year: 210,000

Global rank: 12

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Image: People have a drink at 360, a three-tiered rooftop bar, in Caracas.
Photographs: Jorge Silva/Reuters
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The Netherlands

Procedures per 1,000 population: 7.7

Total procedures per year: 110,000

Global rank: 13

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Image: Cyclists visit a Dutch tulip field in Noordwijk.
Photographs: Michael Kooren/Reuters
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Spain

Procedures per 1,000 population: 7.5

Total procedures per year: 300,000

Global rank: 14

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Image: Tourists stroll along Barcelona's harbour in Barcelona.
Photographs: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters
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Australia

Procedures per 1,000 population: 6.3

Total procedures per year: 140,000

Global rank: 15

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Image: Shoppers at an outdoor shopping mall in Melbourne.
Photographs: Mick Tsikas/Reuters
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Turkey

Procedures per 1,000 population: 5.9

Total procedures per year: 430,000

Global rank: 16

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Image: A view of Istanbul's financial district.
Photographs: Murad Sezer/Reuters
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Germany

Procedures per 1,000 population: 5.8

Total procedures per year: 450,000

Global rank: 17

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Image: Hat designer Fiona Bennett and her assistants work in Bennett's studio at Potsdamer Street in Berlin.
Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters
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Saudi Arabia

Procedures per 1,000 population: 5.7

Total procedures per year: 140,000

Global rank: 18

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Image: A view of the Kingdom Tower in Riyadh.
Photographs: Ali Jarekji/Reuters
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Argentina

Procedures per 1,000 population: 5.6

Total procedures per year: 290,000

Global rank: 19

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Image: Overview of Buenos Aires' 9 de Julio Avenue.
Photographs: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters
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Romania

Procedures per 1,000 population: 5.6

Total procedures per year: 110,000

Global rank: 20


Image: A woman rides her bicycle past Romania's National Library in Bucharest.
Photographs: Bogdan Cristel/Reuters
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