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Floridians are obsessed with fat-sucking surgeries, but nose jobs? Not so much

Sun Sentinel logoSun Sentinel 11/13/2019 By Lois K. Solomon, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Botox or Brazilian butt lifts, anyone?

You can’t hang out at the pool or the beach and not get a little neurotic about how your tummy looks. Or your thighs. Or your tan.

So it’s no surprise that Florida is the state most obsessed with cosmetic surgery, according to an analysis of Google searches by YesStyle.com, a fashion trends website.

Florida ranks first in searches for liposuction, second for eyelid surgery, fourth for tummy tucks and fifth for breast augmentation. For reasons the site didn’t explain, we ranked only ninth for nose jobs.

Plastic surgeons have developed lucrative businesses in Florida that cater to the aging, the wrinkled, the flabby and the obsessive. And the wealthy, of course. South Florida’s plastic surgeons make house-and-yacht calls to cater to this subset.

They also post their surgeries on social media in real time in an effort to attract a new generation of procedure enthusiasts.

But patients beware: A USA Today/Naples Daily News investigation published earlier this year found that at least 13 women have died and another dozen were hospitalized with critical injuries at high volume clinics in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The clinics were run by four convicted felons, whose rap sheets included Medicare fraud, mortgage fraud, bank fraud and tax evasion.

Still, it doesn’t look like we’ll lose our place at the top any time soon. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the annual tally of minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures exploded by almost 200 percent between 2000 and 2017.

Florida was followed by Nevada and California as the states with the highest interest level in cosmetic surgeries. Last place went to Vermont, Maine and Iowa, where bodies are covered up to protect from the cold for most of the year.

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