PHOTOS: The Distressing Worldwide Boom in Cosmetic Surgery

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

(Zed Nelson / Institute)

Face Resurfacing

Face resurfacing
(Zed Nelson / Institute)
While exploring the world of cosmetic surgery, Nelson was amazed by how ubiquitous it has become in modern culture (Laser face resurfacing, Bare Necessities clinic, London). “Banks now offer loans for plastic surgery. American families with annual incomes under $25,000 account for 30 percent of all cosmetic surgery patients,” he says. “Americans spend more each year on beauty than they do on education.”

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