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PHOTOS: The Distressing Worldwide Boom in Cosmetic Surgery

Photographer Zed Nelson traveled the world documenting how body improvement has practically become a new religion

Plastic surgeon

Plastic surgeon
(Zed Nelson / Institute)
In Nelson’s book, plastic surgeons are particularly potent emblems of the global obsession with beauty (Ox, a Brazilian plastic surgeon, and his wife Angela). “Plastic surgery and beauty industry professionals are an inevitable part of the phenomenal obsession with body improvement,” he says. “If you can sell the idea of one prescriptive ‘look’, then you can sell people the products and services to help them attempt to achieve this ideal.”

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