Closer to the equator, Asia-Pacific takes on a different face, both geographically and literally.
Facial features in people from the Southeast differ in subtle ways from those descended from farther north (Korea, China, Japan), and skin tones are distinctly darker.
Still, the most popular plastic surgery operations remain double eyelid surgery to create or enhance a crease and augmentation rhinoplasty to build up the nasal bridge and spine.
Over the past decade, the "Korean Wave" of celebrity-driven infatuation with plastic surgery has extended not just over mainland China but also into the southern countries where growth in technology and wealth have not always kept pace with the north.
Disposable income aside, the demand for cosmetic surgery has grown explosively. What has emerged out of such desire and circumstance is a spotty mix of cosmetic services that range from world-class good to world-class sad.
Cosmetic tourism, or the growing phenomenon of patients traveling to foreign countries for plastic surgery, is driven in large part by lower prices. That requirement is easy to meet in most of Southeast Asia.
It is also driven by quality, a metric that varies exponentially from country to country as well as within the same country or even same city, sometimes aided by help from the local government but too often hindered by regulatory neglect.
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Cosmetic Surgery in Southeast Asia
Introducing a mix of countries offering cosmetic services that range from world-class good to world-class sad
Plastic Surgery in Thailand
Thailand boasts one of the most highly-developed medical tourism programs in Asia
Plastic Surgery in Singapore
The World Health Organization ranked Singapore's health system the best in Asia
Plastic Surgery in Vietnam
While growing quickly, Vietnam suffers from minimal regulation and lax enforcement
Plastic Surgery in Malaysia
One big attraction is Malyasia's good value to quality ratio
Plastic Surgery in Indonesia
Most cosmetic surgery in Indonesia is performed by unlicensed practitioners
Plastic Surgery in the Philippines
Phiippines offers modern facilites, the latest technology, and well-trained plastic surgeons
Plastic Surgery in Cambodia
Cambodia's underdeveloped health care system trains almost no plastic surgeons of its own