A New Type of Cover Up in Politics

Politicians from The US and China - two of the world's strongest economies - are increasingly drawn to plastic surgery. CosmeticSurgeryGuru wonders whether the UK will follow suit.

Jan 29, 2010, 07:18 ET from CosmeticSurgeryGuru

MANCHESTER, England, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- More politicians turning to cosmetic surgery.

CosmeticSurgeryGuru notes the rise in interest in cosmetic surgery among politicians in the US, often a trend-setter in the industry.

Dr. Ayman Hakki of the Luxxery Cosmetic Medical Boutique in Waldorf, Maryland, points out that Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have all had some form of surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic surgery procedures.

China: 500 government officials going under the knife

CosmeticSurgeryGuru reports that 500 government officials in China's Communist Party have are electing to undergo cosmetic surgery every year.

The various cosmetic surgical procedures performed at the Cosmetic Surgery Hospital at Beijing's Union Medical College are said by Dr. Chen, one of the in house doctors, to help the officials "have the strong features that government officials are supposed to have."

The most popular procedure in China for politicians was eyelid-lifting surgery or blepharoplasty, but botox, dermal fillers and other facial reconstructive surgery procedures also proved popular.

CosmeticSurgeryGuru believes that far more than the declared number of politicians may be going under the knife, with recovery time after procedures being improved greatly by leading cosmetic surgery clinics.

Beautiful politicians said to win more votes

CosmeticSurgeryGuru reports that research by the Australian National University has found that so-called 'beautiful' politicians win more votes.

The study, conducted by ANU economist Dr Andrew Leigh, quizzed an independent group of 'beauty raters' to assess the looks of 286 major party candidates who ran in Australia's recent federal election.

Factors such as age, race or political party were driving the results less than pure aesthetics, the researchers found.

Cosmetic Surgery no longer taboo

CosmeticSurgeryGuru marks the five-fold increase in cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK over the past decade as evidence that going under the knife is viewed increasingly as safe and socially acceptable.

A spike in cosmetic surgery sales in the US has historically had a ripple effect in Europe. Politicians in the UK, therefore - like their contemporaries to the east and west - are likely to follow the trend.






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