While the standards of beauty are subjective, where you live apparently triggers people’s choices when it comes to getting plastic surgery. If you think botox is as common as grabbing a cup of coffee in one American city, then this recent data from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) might spring a few surprises.
The report revealed that the popular choices for cosmetic augmentations vary greatly between locations. For instance, in the West, also known as the home of Hollywood movie stars who take pride in how they look, it’s breast augmentation that’s predictably the most coveted procedure. In contrast, people from the South prefer breast implant removals best since they’re more conservative about body exposure.
The difference in the choices is apparently influenced by factors like the location’s culture, climate, and available technology. Here is a breakdown of some of the most popular face and body enhancements that people in the area you live undergo.
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)
- Calf Augmentation: 29%
- Nose Reshaping: 29%
- Upper Arm Lift: 29%
- Lower Body Lift: 30%
- Male Breast Reduction: 33%
Male breast reduction procedure is the most popular choice in the Northeast region and it’s likely because of the pressure from New York’s corporate culture among the men. Gynecomastia or man boobs, which develop due to hormones, genetics and lack of exercise, can lead to self-esteem issues, emotional distress and intimacy problems hence many turn to surgery to correct this.
Lower body lift, which involves liposuction, helps trim and tighten the abdomen, waist, thighs and buttocks, where there’s usually excess fat. Along with upper arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, shaves off sagging and excess skin. It reduces the fat on the upper arms and defines its shape. Again, people who live in these cities seem to be very conscious about their body image.
Nose reshaping works to proportion and balance the face, thus improving a person’s appearance. It’s especially beneficial for the thousands of models who live in this region, who have to look perfect for the cameras.
Calf augmentation enhances the lower legs following an injury or a birth defect but many do it for aesthetic reasons to correct the legs’ shape and appearance.
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
- Buttock Augmentation: 28%
- Female Breast Reduction: 29%
- Dermabrasion: 30%
- Buttock Lift: 32%
- Lip Reduction: 36%
People from Kansas, Michigan and Minnesota, or the Midwesterners, are more likely to get lip reductions than other plastic surgery procedures. They aren’t as conscious about their body because they’re usually bundled up due to their cold climate, compared to those in the West or Southeast, who can visit the beach as often as they want. In fact, the leading procedures in the Midwest region are more about downsizing so perhaps most of them want a more “natural” look?
Buttock lift contours the butt area, as well as the thighs, groin and abdomen following a significant weight loss or due to age that results in poor skin elasticity. This is a rather popular procedure here.
Maybe cold weather has something to do with it, but many people get dermabrasion here as it brings back skin smoothness and removes the lines and even scars caused by acne. It’s an effective treatment for uneven skin tone, age spots, as well as skin that has undergone a tattoo.
Do females in this area have bigger breasts? More women are getting breast reduction surgery here compared to others. Perhaps they are looking to relieve back pain and improve the physical limitations that comes with big breasts? It could also be for aesthetic reasons.
Seems like a lot of women in this region want a bigger bottom though. Buttock augmentation can improve the roundness and fullness of the butt. At the same time, it serves to balance the figure and gives women a better image of themselves.
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
- Facelift: 23%
- Liposuction: 23%
- Pectoral Implants: 28%
- Calf Augmentation: 28%
- Buttock Implants: 28%
Locals from Southeast states, where they’re nearer the beach, have buttock implants as its top plastic surgery procedure of choice. Driven by a desire to look bootylicious, women in these regions want more pronounced bottoms, especially when wearing bikinis.
Calf augmentation is also popular in this region as with the Northeast locals because they expose their bodies most of the time. Correcting the shape of the legs can bring symmetry to the body, especially when it takes several years to develop the calf muscles through exercise.
Pectoral implants gives the chest a muscular and more defined appearance in men. Sometimes, even with regular exercise the pectoral muscles don’t turn out as some would hope, so many men turn to plastic surgery for the solution and get a better beach body.
Liposuction rids the excess fat on the abdomen, thighs and flanks, as well as contours the shape of lower body area for a more pleasing appearance. This cosmetic procedure is usually perform-end alongside a tummy tuck surgery or breast augmentation.
Facelift remains a popular choice for Southerners despite the arrival of fillers and other face augmentation procedures. Actually, it’s those who have been doing fillers who turn to facelift for a long-term and more permanent solution.
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN)
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX)
- Breast Implants Removal: 21%
- Breast Lift: 21%
- Buttock Implants: 23%
- Cheek Implant: 43%
- Hair Transplantation: 46%
People in the South region — in Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee for example — undergo less plastic surgery compared to their West, Southeastern and Northeast counterparts. Their top procedure of choice — the hair transplantation — doesn’t even come up on the Top 10 list for the other areas.
Hair transplant, the answer to male pattern baldness, thinning hair or bald spots, has been around for decades. The procedure is a permanent hair restoration solution that boosts the confidence of men and some women, too. It’s probably vital to the men in the South region because looking great gives them integrity, a characteristic that people in this region value.
A cheek implant gives a narrow and flat face more definition. Sometimes due to aging, the cheek’s contour diminishes but this helps improve the facial structure. People who live in this area really seem to care about their look from the neck up.
Buttock implants make use of silicone that’s inserted under the muscles of the bottom. It’s advisable, however, to undergo another round of surgery for this procedure to replace the implants after 12 years, as this isn’t a permanent solution.
Breast lift offers a variety of techniques to improve sagging breasts. Also called mastopexy, this surgery restores the breasts’ original shape and protrusion, or adds some fullness to the boobs.
Following a breast augmentation surgery, some women get a breast implant removal to correct what was done before. It appears more women in this area regret the decision. Usually, a breast lift is paired with this procedure as the boobs are likely to droop and sag with the implants gone.
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY)
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
- Full Facelift: 32%
- Eyelid Surgery: 34%
- Forehead Lift: 34%
- Chin Augmentation: 36%
- Breast Augmentation: 36%
Breast augmentation remains the top favorite in the West, the site of Hollywood and casinos in Nevada. But more women want a natural and athletic looking full-size B cups than D cups. Large breasts can really be problematic for women with voluptuous figures because it limits them from running at the beach, or going on long mountain walks, or performing on stage.
Chin augmentation involves enhancing or reshaping the chin so that the face shape becomes more defined. This procedure usually complements other cosmetic augmentations done on the face such as rhinoplasty (nose job) or facial liposuction on the neck. It might also be done after a surgery to correct the teeth’s bite.
People who seek a forehead lift want to achieve a younger look or give their face a fresh and perkier appearance, as opposed to looking tired and sleepy all the time. It works alongside a browlift or eyelid surgery. Incidentally, the latter is one of the top 5 most popularly-requested procedures in the West.
Eyelid surgery or blerpharosoplasty improves sagging and dropping eyes by creating a wider fold of the upper eyelids. It’s also done to remove eyebags and excess skin on the lower lids. Perhaps people who reside in this area really wants sparkling eyes?
Full facelift, also called rhytidectomy, traditionally covers the middle and lower part of the face, the corners of the mouth, as well as the neck and jaw. A full facelift can be combined with eyelid surgery and forehead lift procedures, and because many people in this region work in visual entertainment and performing arts, you can understand why these are top choices.