INTRODUCTION Practices designed to enhance appearance by making a physical change has a long and

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INTRODUCTION
Practices designed to enhance appearance by making a physical change has a long and distinguished history. These practices date back to the time of the Pharaohs and are described in most primordial groups and essentially all of the higher cultures.[1] Tribesmen in Brazil wear disks and plugs as jewelry in perforated and progressively stretched lips and earlobes. Scarification of the skin as a method of beautification or a mark of distinction is popular amongst several African tribes. In ancient Athens, women bound their chests tightly to produce atrophy of the breasts because the small, firm breast was associated with poise and grace. [2] With the advent of technological civilization and culture, a widespread wish to improve
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[12] In line with global trends, there is a surge in the demand for cosmetic surgery in most developing countries including Nigeria. Despite this, there is a paucity of research on cosmetic surgery in most low resource settings. Such research is essential because there may be cross-cultural differences in attitudes or reasons for considering cosmetic surgery. [8] Additionally, in an era characterized by significant health care and social reform, public perception or misconception, may have a substantial impact on this specialty.[13] Understanding these issues is also important for the plastic surgeons, as there may be pertinent psychosocial outcomes in terms of the delivery of quality cosmetic surgery care and patient satisfaction (self-esteem and social functioning).[8] [14] [15] This article explores the perception of cosmetic surgery and its correlates among university students in Nigeria.
MATERIALS AND METHOD
This is a cross sectional descriptive study of students selected from five Nigerian Universities from different regions; Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Imo state University, University of Ibadan, Lagos state University and University of Abuja. These universities were selected to provide a geographically diverse sample. Data was collected between September 2011 and March 2012. A Multistage sampling technique was used to recruit participants: In the first stage, five universities were selected from a list of tertiary institutions with plastic

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