cosmetic surgery

You may remember the plastic surgery infographic we ran a few months ago that detailed the most popular types of plastic surgery in the United Kingdom. Well, today, we have a graphic that examines surgery from a rather different perspective–and a fresh one. Just how much do celebrities influence people’s decisions to go under the knife, and which celebrities are people influenced the most by?

It’s safe to say that the planet has an addiction to plastic surgery–I mean, there were only 17 million procedures last year. This graphic first presents a comparison of the total number of procedures performed in each country.  The U.S. leads the way with 3.03 million in 2009, but Brazil is knocking down its door, with 2.4 million. Then the graphic points out that 90% of the operations were undergone by women. The most popular procedure? You guessed it. Breast augmentation surgery.

Now, here’s where this graphic gets interesting. Really interesting. In 2009, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery carried out a study of the most requested celebrity traits by patients in order to determine just how much our society has influenced people’s personal tastes. The study asked people what celebrity lips, nose, legs etc. they would prefer to have as their own. The results were predictable in some areas and surprising in others. Tina Turner, for instance, had the most desired celebrity legs despite being 71 years old.  It is now time for everybody’s favorite segment. The grading segment. Hold onto your nose. We wouldn’t want it falling off during the ride.

Design: B+

The design here is solid. I couldn’t find any problems with it. The color scheme is desirable, and it holds your attention all the way through. Given the set of data the creators had to work with, I’d say they handled the material very well.

Content: A

The creators took the intriguing results of polls and presented them in intriguing ways. It would have been easy for someone to take the lazy approach and just republish the information in standard charts (or sub-standard charts if you’ve seen the graphics we’ve had to put up with lately here). But they went the extra mile and created captivating graphics and charts to ensure that the interesting data they had to work with remained interesting.

So, has this graphic implanted any seeds in your mind? Will you break down and get plastic surgery anytime soon?

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