Kelly Ripa, the 41-year-old hostess of ‘Live! with Kelly,’ recently revealed that she uses Botox every now and then. Some of you reading this may be thinking, “well, of course she has; cosmetic surgery is huge among celebrities.”
While, yes, stardom is a line of work that relies somewhat on keeping up appearances, and those in the field would certainly make the kind of money to afford frequent visits, you might be surprised to discover that celebrities are not the biggest backers of plastic surgery in the U.S.
Mommy Makeovers are a real hit
Rather than the Hollywood elite, doctors say that their most common clients are middle-class moms. Many moms find losing pregnancy pounds difficult, especially in certain pockets in the body, such as the stomach and thighs. Thus, Mommy Makeovers (usually a combination of breast lifts, breast implants, liposuction, and/or a tummy tuck) have become the hot-ticket item in plastic surgery.
Regional statistics suggest that California boasts no more plastic surgeries than anywhere else in the country. According to regional statistics provided by The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Pacific states (AK, HI, OR, WA and CA) accounted for 13.9 per cent of all plastic surgeries in the U.S. in 2011. While those numbers are higher than in most other regions, they’re beaten out by the Middle Atlantic (MD, NJ, NY, PA and DC) and South Atlantic (DE, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA, and WV) states; the Middle Atlantic saw 16.2 per cent, and the Southern Atlantic saw 18.8 per cent.
So there you have it. Plastic surgery is enjoyed by more people than just those whose lifestyles could be considered rich and famous.
- Photo Credit: Kelly Ripa by keithwills, on Flickr