I spent a large portion of my life living in Asia, so I can tell you first hand that superstitions are no joke over there. Numbers, dates, words, and everyday objects can all mean something, and fortune telling in all forms facial reading, palm reading, numerology, and the like are common. For that reason, I was not surprised to read this article about how patients in Japan are paying for plastic surgery to alter the lines on their palms to change their fates. The procedure, which costs around $1,000 and takes 10 to 15 minutes, involves using an electric scalpel to create a scar line, all in hopes of altering or extending the palm lines that determine their destinies in love, life, and fate.
Procedures like this one have gotten a lot of media attention lately, highlighting the obsession with plastic surgery; more recently, Korea's plastic surgery craze was in the spotlight after photos of Korean beauty pageant contestants went viral, with many criticizing plastic surgery as the culprit behind the virtual look-alikes. Asian patients are not alone a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery found that there was a 31% increase in patients who wanted cosmetic treatments to improve their image on social media, highlighting the growing list of reasons for undergoing plastic surgery.
While this has raised questions about self-esteem, body image, and body dysmorphia, there's no denying that more and more people will look to cosmetic surgery to improve some aspect of their lives and destinies. And with almost 15 million cosmetic procedures performed in the US alone and a global cosmetic industry worth $6 billion in 2012, the fates (and fortunes) of plastic surgeons and the aesthetics industry are looking pretty good too.

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