Cosmetics Surgery figures and stats

07 May

We’ll have a lot to discuss about cosmetic surgery in class tomorrow, so here is some background information that we think will be helpful for the discussion, or at least just interesting.

-Kelsey, Nikki, Skylar, Lauren, Raina

Screen shot 2013-05-07 at 6.01.54 PM

Check out the 2012 Plastic Surgery Procedural Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons!

Here are the top five surgical procedures of 2012:

1. breast augmentation (286,274)

2. nose reshaping (242,684)

3. eyelid surgery (204,015)

4. liposuction (202,128)

5. facelift (126,320)

In the United States, 91% of cosmetic surgery patients are women. This handy chart breaks down the ethnicity of cosmetic surgery patients overall and in the most common procedures:

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Let’s compare the bust, waist, and hip measurements of a life-size Barbie with real-life averages:

Barbie (on the right in the image below): 36-18-33 inches

average 19-year-old female (on the left in the image below): 32-31-33

average adult female: 38-34-40

average female model: 34-24-34


Nevertheless, you may have heard of the “living Barbie, a Ukrainian woman in her early 20s named Valeria Lukyonova. She has gone through multiple surgical procedures to progress towards the proportions of a Barbie doll:


But of course she can never achieve those proportions, because then she wouldn’t be able to function as a human being (her neck wouldn’t support her head, she’d need to crawl because her feed wouldn’t support her body, etc.):



Sure, Barbie’s “just a doll”, but her overall aesthetic (if not her specific measurements) has definitely pervaded the general American conception of beauty.


Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Cosmetics Surgery figures and stats

  1. harveymr

    May 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    My roommate shared this link with me a few days ago. Similarly to the woman above wanting to look like Barbie, this Japanese woman has had over 30 surgeries in order to look like a French doll. The pictures showing her transformation over time are crazy.

  2. kelseyjk

    May 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

    This article discusses the perception of some types of human enhancement as “cheating” and the acceptance of other types, from steroids to surgical procedures to cosmetics to vaccines:


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