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What Kind of Plastic Surgery Does Your Region Prefer?

Posted: February 18, 2010

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The Web site was even able to break down search information city by city.

What are the people in Washington, D.C., concerned about? Scar removal, it would appear, followed closely by straight teeth. When it comes to Houston and Atlanta, however, the problem lies further south, with the top slot going to mesotherapy, an experimental “fat-melting” technique used for small areas of localized fat, such as saddlebags.

In Miami, tummy tucks were the No. 1 procedure being investigated. As for Los Angeles? Not surprisingly, it was all about augmentation; lip augmentation, that is.

“We call it the trout pout,” says Jim Cherry, a 51-year-old writer and style blogger from Los Angeles. “When I travel up to Seattle, I never see women who look the way they do here, with those big inflated lips. But with Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts being held up as the bombshells of the age — the ideal — it’s no surprise women go and have their lips inflated like that.”

Land of the plastic fantastic

Of course, just because people are searching for information about a certain procedure doesn’t mean they actually have it done, says Michael McGuire, MD, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). But he admits regional cosmetic trends do seem to exist (the ASPS keeps track of procedures by region, as well).