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What Kind of Plastic Surgery Does Your Region Prefer?

Posted: February 18, 2010

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Although the statistics from realself.com and ASPS don’t always see eye to eye (the regions are divvied a bit differently), they’re definitely in alignment when it comes to rhinoplasty. Not only are nose jobs a big search item for the Northeast per realself.com, the ASPS data shows 30% of all nose reshaping surgeries take place in New England and the Middle Atlantic region (with the Pacific and Mountain region running a close second).

Why are noses so big in the Northeast and the West? “Some of it is related to the society and to the culture,” says McGuire, who has a private practice in the Los Angeles area. “In certain areas, it’s almost become a rite of passage to have your nose fixed and straightened when you’re a teenager,” he says. “It used to be teens would have their nose fixed during summer vacation or spring break, but now they want to go back to school with their splint on. It’s a sign their parents are rich enough to get their nose done.”

Ethnicity is part of it, too, says Shervin Naderi, MD, a rhinoplasty specialist with practices in both northern Virginia and Chevy Chase, Maryland. “A large group of rhinoplasty patients are ethnic patients — Asian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, African American — and the East Coast probably has more of a predominance of ethnic groups and minorities than you find in the central part of the country,” he says. “Also, people will cross the country to have surgery. Twenty to 25% of my patients aren’t from the east. There are just more rhinoplasty surgeons on the coasts.”

Weather may even have an influence, says Susan Kula, a 60-year-old teaching assistant from Ithaca, New York. “Around here, it’s so cold that your face and your nose are the only things that show,” she says. “I’ve even thought about a nose job, but I can’t spend that kind of money.”

In the hot seat

The temperature may certainly be the reason why people in the southwest are 2.5 times more likely to get permanent makeup procedures, such as tattooed eyebrows, lip liner and eye liner, than in other parts of the country. “It’s so hot down here that you sweat off all your makeup, plus everybody has pools,” says Rylee Bledsoe, a 29-year-old cosmetic laser instructor from Scottsdale, Arizona. “People are vain; they don’t ever want to be seen without their makeup.”