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Americans love cosmetic surgery.

Last year in the U.S., there were 1.8 million plastic surgeries and nearly 16 million nonsurgical procedures, like Botox — about one for every 20 Americans.

The $8 billion industry now has entire beauty magazines devoted to them, along with TV shows like “Nip/Tuck” and “Botched” that explore the industry in all its gory glory. There are apps for your phone that let you see your face or body modified by surgery and even children’s books to explain why mommy looks so different now.

As someone who’s written a book about the economics of plastic surgery, none of this comes as a surprise.

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