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(Zed Nelson / Institute)

PHOTOS: The Distressing Worldwide Boom in Cosmetic Surgery

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

Sally Walker

Sally Walker
(Zed Nelson / Institute)

Nelson sees the never-ending pursuit of youth as a driving cause behind the worldwide trend of appearance modification (Sally Walker, age undisclosed, at the Cosmetic Enhancement Expo in Dallas, Texas). “As our role models become ever younger and more idealized, we are so afraid of aging that the quest for youthful preservation generates an almost pathological obsession with our bodies,” he says.

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