The global cosmetic surgery market is expected to grow to $12 billion from 2015 to 2022, according to Grand View Research, Inc. The trend could benefit surgeons in the U.S. — the worldwide leader in cosmetic surgery — the most. U.S. physicians performed 18.6 percent of the world’s plastic surgeries in 2015, based on the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery International Survey on Aesthetic/Cosmetic statistics.
Americans had more than 17 million cosmetic surgical and noninvasive procedures in 2016 — a 3 percent increase from 2015 and a 132 percent increase from 2000 — according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Salt Lake City not only had the most practicing plastic surgeons per capita in 2007; it was also ranked America’s most vain city by Forbes. The city has carried that stigma ever since, and billboards advertising cosmetic procedures along I-15 add to the state’s national reputation.
In 2015, Salt Lake City was second to Miami for the most surgeons per capita at 3.12 and 3.9 respectively, according to RealSelf. Although Utah no longer leads the country for plastic surgeons per 100,000 people, fierce competition drives down prices for plastic surgery procedures in the Beehive State.
According to an article by Salt Lake City plastic surgeon York Jay Yates, tummy tucks cost $5,000 to $7,000 in Utah compared to $8,000 to $15,000 in places like California. Additionally, breast augmentation costs about $4,000 in Utah, compared to $6,000 to $10,000 in many other states.