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Plastic nation: Australia overtakes the U.S. as country with highest rate of cosmetic surgeries with 500,000 operations performed last year – including 20,000 boob jobs

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 15/05/2018 Nicole Pierre

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With 500,000 cosmetic procedures in the last year from lip fillers to botox and boob jobs, Australia has officially overtaken America as the country with the most cosmetic surgery operations per capita.

The nation has paid a staggering $1 billion a year for cosmetic procedures.

Australians underwent 20,000 boob jobs and 30,000 liposuction procedures last year, according to the Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS). 

Courteney Cox smiling for the camera: Courtney Cox (pictured) had admitted she regrets getting too much cosmetic surgery © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Courtney Cox (pictured) had admitted she regrets getting too much cosmetic surgery

And the nation may have to thank it's reality TV stars and Instagram influencers for the recent cosmetic surgery boom.

a close up of a womans face: With 500,000 cosmetic procedures in the last year, Australians have officially overtaken Americans in the most cosmetic surgery operations per capita © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited With 500,000 cosmetic procedures in the last year, Australians have officially overtaken Americans in the most cosmetic surgery operations per capita Daily Mail Australia have compiled a list of our most renowned Aussie TV starlets who have admitted to undergoing 'a small enhancement here and there' - with some not-so-subtle nip and tucks.

Tracey Jewel   

Lana Del Rey wearing a dress: Married At First Sight star Tracey Jewel, 35, has confessed to having a face full of $9,000 worth of filler © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Married At First Sight star Tracey Jewel, 35, has confessed to having a face full of $9,000 worth of filler

Married At First Sight star Tracey Jewel, 35, has confessed to having a face full of filler. 

'I got filler in my cheeks, lips and under my eyes,' Jewel has told Women's Day.

The 35-year-old mother first got cosmetic surgery as a confidence boost after her messy divorce. 

Since then she has had countless appointments from lip fillers and botox, to more extreme procedures including liposuction and even a boob job. 

Yet after her debut on reality TV, Tracey decided to get a dramatic transformation - reversing her $9,000 worth of facial procedures.

'He's (cosmetic surgeon) dissolved all my fillers and it feels amazing. 

'My lips are more liberated and I feel like I've got my eyes back, now the puffiness has gone,' Tracey said.

Davina Rankin

a person posing for the camera: Davina Rankin, 26, is a true believer that a little lip-filler goes a long way © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Davina Rankin, 26, is a true believer that a little lip-filler goes a long way

Tracey's Married At First Sight co-star Davina Rankin, 26, is a true believer that a little lip-filler goes a long way. 

Rankin has reportedly had her lips plumped every six months since she was 18, The Daily Telegraph reports. 

Keira Maguire 

a person smiling for the camera: Keira Maguire, 31, said: 'I was devastated. Not only couldn’t I move my face when I was on the show, it actually made me have a permanent pout' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Keira Maguire, 31, said: 'I was devastated. Not only couldn’t I move my face when I was on the show, it actually made me have a permanent pout'

Keira Maguire, 31, admitted to undergoing a huge transformation before starring on the recent Bachelor in Paradise. 

The 31-year-old who recently fell in love with Jarrod Woodgate on the TV drama said she underwent a boob job after her first performance on the Bachelor a few years ago. 

Yet Keira has also backed away from cosmetic surgery since watching herself on TV. She has since got her lip fillers reversed. 

'I was devastated. Not only couldn’t I move my face when I was on the show, it actually made me have a permanent pout,' Keira told Woman's Day.

Megan Marx 

a man and woman posing for a photo: Bachelor in Paradise star Megan Marx, 29, said she has spent a staggering $47,000 on cosmetic procedures including two nose jobs © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Bachelor in Paradise star Megan Marx, 29, said she has spent a staggering $47,000 on cosmetic procedures including two nose jobs

Bachelor in Paradise star Megan Marx, 29, said she has spent a staggering $47,000 on cosmetic procedures. 

Her most recent procedure was a nose job she underwent in March this year to reduce the size of her nose. 

'I like to eat healthy and work out, but no matter how much of that you do, your nose doesn't get any smaller,' she told NW.

a man wearing a suit and tie: NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says he intends to restrict the use of the title 'cosmetic surgeon' in a crackdown on patients being misled and abused to botched procedures © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says he intends to restrict the use of the title 'cosmetic surgeon' in a crackdown on patients being misled and abused to botched procedures

'What we’re noticing is that younger and younger kids are having fillers

'And that’s not to correct the effects of ageing, that’s to structurally and fundamentally change the way they look,' professor Ashton told The Daily Telegraph.  

The cosmetic surgery industry has recently come under attack over the interchangeable use of the phrases 'plastic surgeon' and 'cosmetic surgeon'.

Despite most Australians not knowing the difference, the two types of surgeons are very different in terms of their accreditation.

While a plastic surgeon is a doctor who has trained to perform cosmetic procedures, a cosmetic surgeon refers to anyone who has received a basic medical degree in university. 

No specific surgical training is required to be given the title as a cosmetic surgeon which has medical experts worried about unlicensed procedures being performed on unsuspecting patients. 

Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery - Australia's peak body for cosmetic surgeons has recently called on the government to restrict who can perform cosmetic procedures. 

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says he intends to restrict the use of the title 'cosmetic surgeon' in a crackdown on patients being misled and abused to botched procedures. 

He has previously said the crackdown would focus on doctors who 'dressed themselves up as cosmetic surgeons' without the proper qualifications, SMH reports.

NSW Health has recently finalised a review on the regulation of cosmetic procedures in the state. 

It comes after the death of a woman who underwent a non-surgical breast augmentation procedure at a beauty clinic in inner-Sydney late last year. 

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