It has been determined that, the top four causes of uneven skin tone are hyperpigmentation, sun spots, hormones, and discoloration due to acne scarring. Beauty is something that everyone, on some level, desires. They want to look good. And if there is a way to reverse the damage of an uneven skin tone, people will readily take advantage.
That is precisely why plastic surgery continues to grow as an industry despite the costs associated with it. Some cities have hundreds, if not thousands, of surgeons. Salt Lake City, for example, had more plastic surgeons in 2015 than any major city besides Miami, according to RealSelf. There were three surgeons per every 100,000 individuals.
If national estimates are correct, the number of Americans seeking the aid of a plastic surgeon is only going to continue to rise.
The global cosmetic surgery market is believed to be on the path to grow to $12 billion from 2015 to 2022, according to Grand View Research, Inc.
Although Utah does not currently lead the country for plastic surgeons per capita, fierce competition drives down prices for in the Beehive State. According to an article by Salt Lake City plastic surgeon York Jay Yates, procedures like tummy tucks, which cost somewhere between $8,000 and $15,000 in states like California, only cost $5,000 to $7,000 in Utah. Similarly, other procedures related to plastic surgery, like breast augmentation, scar removal, and more are significantly lower.
It is estimated that somewhere around 20% of the individuals most surgeons in Utah see are from out of state, and out-of-state patients and “mommy makeovers” make up a large portion of patient groups.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Jensen agrees with this statement, stating that “mom” demographic are one of the largest demographics he sees.
“Young moms who are done having children want to have their bodies back,” Jensen said. “They still feel young and vibrant and want their bodies to feel that way, too.”
Jensen believes this is because Utah has a lot of women who get married and have children at a young age, and thus they feel like they can have a way back to their youth.
“(Childbearing) changes their self-image and the way their body functions,” he said.
Jensen, however, stated that plastic surgery is not just for cosmetic purposes, and it has several real, and important, medical purposes. It can be reconstructive to improve both appearance and function. It is commonly performed due to birth defects, disease and other types of trauma.
“These are normal people; many of them are scarred by accidents, cancer, congenital deformities and things like that,” Dr. Jensen said. “The only thing they really see is the scar.”
Dr. Jensen said he likes knowing that he can restore rather than remove the problem for his patients, and that plastic surgery can be a source for emotional and mental relief for them.