An article by The San Francisco Chronicle shows that the United States is the current global leader in the tummy tuck procedure. In addition to this distinction, America is also the leading place for a number of other cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical.

As the United States is the number one consumer of cosmetic surgery procedures and non-surgical procedures, it stands to reason that they would also lead in the tummy tuck, one of the most popular procedures. The other surgical procedure that the United States favors highly is breast augmentations, with more of these surgeries performed in America than anywhere else.

United States Number One in Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck

In addition to these surgical procedures, the United States leads the world in four out of the top five non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including:

  • Botox
  • Hyaluronic Acid injections
  • Laser hair removal
  • Laser skin rejuvenation

Much of these statistics may be attributed to the relatively stable and extensive healthcare infrastructure in the United States. The overall standard of living is also much higher than other countries with greater populations, which is a significant contributor to the popularity of cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, eye surgery and liposuction.

However, when the statistics are broken down on a per-capita basis, the US falls to sixth overall. The new leaders then become Colombia, Brazil, South Korea, Greece and Italy. China, the second largest overall consumer, falls out of the top ten.

Another interesting fact that was noted was that Brazil has about seven times as many buttocks procedures as the average, and was also noted to be one of the world’s largest consumers of procedures involving reinjected fat. South Korea and China lead the world in blepharoplasty procedures, with the “Westernization” of the eyelids noted as a common part of the procedure.