Facial Cosmetic Surgery is Popular in Japan

In recent years, there has been less and less resistance to cosmetic surgery in Japan, and more and more celebrities and influencers are speaking out publicly about it. In particular, the number of people who have had cosmetic surgery is on the rise due to the influence of having more time to spend at home under the COVID-19 situation, especially those who had to work and could not take time off. 1.9 million plastic surgery procedures have been done as of 2017, which is quite a large number. Here are the top three most popular among them.


double eyelid surgery

In a survey of 500 people in 2019, over 40% of women said that the most complex part of their face was their eyes. The actual number of those who had the procedure done was one in three, although the actual number is probably a little lower, it shows that double eyelid surgery is quite a popular procedure. Among them, the investing method of double eyelid surgery is the most popular. The investing method of double eyelid surgery is a method to form a double eyelid using a special medical thread without using a scalpel. It is popular for its low risk, inexpensive price of 50,000 to 100,000 yen($500 to $900), and ease of procedure.

Nose job

It is a procedure to cut the cartilage and make the tip of the nose clearly marked and thin. There are many people who want to make their round nose pointed and beautiful. The cost is a little expensive, with an average of 200,000-500,000 yen ($1800-4500), and the nose can swell strongly for a week or two, which is why it is ranked second. The reason for its popularity over the last year is that in a COVID-19 situation, the nose can be hidden with a mask so you can work during the period of swelling.

Liposuction of the face

This is a procedure that can improve the sagging of the cheeks and jowls, and the average cost is about 200,000 yen ($1,800). Recent liposuction can be done in a short time with less bleeding, swelling and pain. This procedure is also popular because you can use makeup from the next day, although you may bleed internally for a week or two. Liposuction is often used by people who cannot lose weight in only their face even after dieting, or by people who want to have a smaller face but are afraid of cutting their bones.

The face is important in Japan

In Japan, 92% of surgeries are done on the face and head, while in the rest of the world, surgeries are done on the body, including the breasts and buttocks. Eyelid surgeries in particular accounting for 60%. While breast augmentation and liposuction are more than a dozen percent of surgeries in the world, they are only three percent in Japan. In other words, while many people in the world are trying to fix their body lines, many Japanese are trying to fix their faces, not their bodies.

Some people say that while many people in the West want to be seen well by the different gender, many Japanese want to be judged well by the same gender, which is why they tend to have facial surgery.

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