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
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:
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.