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Cosmetic Surgery Is On The Rise Worldwide

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Body positivity might be on the rise, but it turns out plastic surgery is too. IMCAS, a group of plastic surgery and dermatology professionals, released new statistics at its World Congress exhibit in Paris this week, reports French news agency AFP.

According to the organization, the market grew 8.3 percent worldwide last year to an estimated $8.9 billion. That figure is expected to increase to 9.8 billion this year and projected to reach nearly 12.8 billion by 2020.

This growth is attributed to a more open mindset about body altering. “There’s a general acceptance that doing, whether it’s surgery or less invasive procedures… to make you feel better, look better, it’s much more accepted,” said New York surgeon Nolan Karp to the AFP.

Another reason for the boon is the popularity of plastic surgery in Asian countries, particularly South Korea. The New Yorker has dubbed the country the world’s plastic surgery capital, and Business Insider reports the affluent Gangnam district has roughly 500 places to get a procedure.

But, South Korea still lags behind the United States, according to research from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  In 2015, the U.S. had the most surgical procedures (1.4 million), followed by Brazil at 1.2 million and South Korea with 445,144.

According to AFP, IMCAS data indicates Asia Pacific to be the fastest growing region at 12 percent in the next four years, beating out Europe for the first time.

Breast augmentation and liposuction are the most popular in the U.S. and Brazil, while South Koreans opt for face altering procedures like eyelid and nose surgeries.

Also growing are non-surgical procedures like botox, chemical peels, and fat freezing as people are choosing safer options that have little recovery time.  

“The growth of non-surgicals is pretty much exponential,” ISAPS president Renato Saltz told the AFP.

Doctors also expect an increased interest from males who will resort to cosmetic procedures to stop the signs of aging by opting for hair growth treatments.

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Tanzania: officials summons WHO over Ebola claims

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Tanzania’s government has summoned the World Health Organisation’s local representative over claims that they’re concealing information on Ebola virus infections in the country.

On Saturday, WHO said in a statement that it had learned of one suspected fatal case in the main city, Dar es Salaam, and two other infections but, despite repeated requests, was given no information.

Last week, Tanzania said it had no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola.

Government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said on Twitter that the ministry of foreign affairs had summoned the WHO’s Tigest Ketsela Mengestu to obtain “in-depth details from the agency on reports circulating in the media”.

A short video clip has also been posted on the ministry’s Twitter account, showing Dr Tigest clarifying at a meeting with Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Damas Ndumbaro that the WHO did not say there was Ebola in Tanzania:

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More than 2,100 people have died during the current Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

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WHO accused Tanzania of hiding information on Ebola victims

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Ebola virus has cause major loss of life and socioeconomic disruption in Africa.

The number of cases has began to decline gradually, following the commitment of substantial international resources.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has rebuked Tanzania for failing to provide information about possible Ebola virus infections.

The WHO said it had learned of one suspected fatal case in Dar es Salaam and two others but, despite repeated requests, was given no information

Tanzania has said it has no suspected or confirmed cases.

The latest outbreak has killed more than 2,000 in eastern DR Congo, with Uganda battling to stop any spread.

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