15 million people worldwide had plastic surgery in 2011… with South Koreans most likely to go under the knife
Study polled 20,000 licensed plastic surgeons worldwideU.S had most procedures but South Korea had the highest proportion of its population having surgery
One in 77 people in South Korea had a cosmetic procedure in 2011UK came 16th in the table, with breast enlargement most popular procedure

, Kim Yu-Mi, admitted
she went under the knife to achieve her pageant-winning good looks.

The
student revealed the secret after photos emerged of her looking very
different at school, but she said she hadn't misled anyone.

'I never said I was born beautiful,' she told Korean media.

Meanwhile, as obesity rates rise a growing number of overweight adults are turning to surgery for a quick fix.

Lipoplasty – a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to liquefy fat beneath the skin's surface before sucking it out – was the leading invasive procedure worldwide. There were 1,268,287 procedures, which was just a fifth of the total.

It was followed by breast enlargement
surgery, with 1,295,251 boob jobs. Third was blepharoplasty, otherwise
known as eyelid surgery, with 703,610 cases and fourth was
abdomnioplasty, otherwise known as tummy tucks, with 553,399 cases.
Finishing the top five list was rhinoplasty, with 478,023 people having
nose jobs.

Britain came 16th terms of the numer of cosmetic surgery procedures

Britain came 16th terms of the numer of cosmetic surgery procedures

More unusual procedures that made the top 20 were buttock implants at number 13, with 75,591 pursuing a more prominent derriere. Meanwhile just over 60,000 opted for chin implants and a further 47,000 or so went for a thigh lift.

There were also regional variations in the popularity of different procedures.

Brazil, known for its beach culture, performed the most male breast reductions, bottom implants and 'vaginal rejuvenations' – where tissue in the area is 'firmed up for a youthful appearance'.

Meanwhile, nose jobs are popular in Asia, with China, Japan and South Korea among the top five nations for rhinoplasty.

In the U.S, licensed plastic surgeons
performed more than one million surgical procedures such as breast
enlargements and more than two million nonsurgical procedures including
Botox to smooth out wrinkles.

Figures released earlier this week by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) show our lust for cosmetic surgery finally seems to be cooling.

Demand for procedures plateaued last year – the first time there hasn’t been a large increase in more than a decade.

Experts say the PIP breast-implant scandal and Wild West approach of some High Street providers – the two-for-one offers, hard-selling and rock-bottom prices may be to blame.

But the PIP scandal aside, the most popular cosmetic procedure was still traditional breast augmentation, with numbers dipping by just 1.6 per cent to 9,854.

BAAPS president Rajiv Grover said: ‘The desire for larger breasts is centuries-old. Scandals come and go – in this case, the cause was an isolated case of criminal manufacturing practices. This has made women anxious but breast augmentation remains a very safe operation.'