Salt Lake City is vainest place in America

22 February 2011

International news hub Forbes has named Salt Lake City the vainest place in America, ahead of previous title holder New York City. According to recent figures, Salt Lake City in Utah is home to 45 plastic surgeons, which equates to six surgeons for every 100,000 residents. New York City boasts an incredible 590 cosmetic surgeons, but this only equals four per 100,000 people. Experts put the growth in numbers down to the pressure that the recession puts on older jobseekers to compete with younger rivals. In an interview with online newspaper Utah Business, Dr Renato Saltz, former president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) said: “In a recession it’s even more critical to remain competitive. I’ve had people tell me they have an important interview and need to look better. I haven’t seen that in the past.” Experts also attribute the rise in demand for cosmetic surgery procedures such as face lifts and non-surgical solutions such as Botox and laser hair removal, to the advances in technology that have significantly reduced recovery and down time.