India is slowly not just accepting the idea of cosmetic surgery, but welcoming it with open arms. This evident by the reports of India turning into a Mecca for tourist who come to India for visits but stay for the surgery. India’ history and relation to Cosmetic surgery goes way beyond anything that can be normally attributed to medical science. With the growth in science and technology, India is slowly emerging as a hub for cosmetic surgery with a surprisingly high number of men patrons. According to the 2016 report of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, India ranks at the top in hair transplant and Gynecomastia treatments. Nearly 1 in 4 hair transplants and 11 percent of all Gynecomastia procedures worldwide are performed in India. India was also ranked highest for tattoo removals.
Another astonishing fact was India ranking 4th in penile enlargement procedures, while vaginal rejuvenation ranked 2nd. India also ranked 2nd for chemical peel procedures and 3rd for liposuction, Rhinoplasty, lower body lift, hair removal and photo rejuvenation.India ranked 5th worldwide in general cosmetic surgical procedures, behind United States, Brazil, Russia and Mexico and 6th in non-surgical procedures. United States, Brazil, Russia and Mexico are well known for their prowess and fame in the world of cosmetic surgery. Head and face procedures make up for 45 percent of all plastic surgeries in India. Breast surgeries make up 22 percent and other body procedures count for the remaining 32 percent. Almost 15 percent of the breast augmentation procedures in India are performed on women under 17. Amongst non-surgical procedures, facial rejuvenation makes up for about 44 percent, injectables 22 percent and other procedures for 34 percent. Medical tourism accounted for 10 percent of cosmetic treatments in India, mainly consisting of patients from UAE, United States and African countries.
These facts show a promising trend of India becoming the global leader in the world of cosmetic surgery. It is also exciting to see Indians are shedding their inhibitions about cosmetic surgery and have accepted and embraced news means to have a better body.
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