Perfection draws a crowd.
The best plastic surgeons congregate in certain U.S. states and cities over others.
That natural migration has given rise to such plastic surgery sweet spots as Beverly Hills, CA, the beauty capital of America, Miami, FL, as the BBL capital, and New York City, NY as a destination for high-end (and high priced) facial plastic surgery.
These are the Top 10 states with the highest concentration of the best plastic surgeons in America.
This list is based on an extensive survey conducted by Newsweek magazine in 2022.
Plastic surgeons and other medical industry peers were asked to provide open-ended recommendations of the “best plastic surgeons.”
Here are the top 10 states in America with the highest concentration of the best plastic surgeons:
- California: 66 (19%)
- New York: 48 (13.7%)
- Florida: 34 (9.7%)
- Texas: 25 (7%)
- Pennsylvania: 23 (6.5%)
- Ohio: 18 (5%)
- Illinois & North Carolina: 16 each (4.5%)
- New Jersey: 12 (3.4%)
- Missouri: 10 (2.8%)
- Indiana & Maryland: 9 (2.5%)
- Home to 66 of the best U.S. plastic surgeons.
- The original plastic surgery capital of America.
- Most celebrities that do get plastic surgery do it locally in Beverly Hills.
- Once calculated to have 200 plastic surgeons per 100,000 residents in Beverly Hills.
- Generally well-regulated, but a cap of $250K was placed in 1975 on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.
California is home to Beverly Hills and Los Angeles as the beauty and plastic surgery capitals of America, and to 66 of USA’s best plastics surgeons as voted by fellow plastic surgery and medical peers in 2022.
2. New York
- Priciest facial plastic surgery available.
- Home to 48 of the best U.S. plastic surgeons.
- Rhinoplasty is more popular than breast augmentation.
Next up is New York, where nose job surgery is more popular than breast augmentation, and where the highest prices are paid out for plastic surgery. Plastic surgery in New York isn’t much more expensive than it is in other states, but New York has earned its reputation as having some of the highest priced plastic surgeons, some of whom charge $200,000 for facial plastic surgery. New York state is home to 48 of America’s best plastic surgeons, making it the state with the second-highest number of the best plastic surgeons in the U.S.
- BBL capital of America.
- Home to 34 of the best U.S. plastic surgeons.
- Sometimes considered the “plastic surgery capital of America.”
- The unregulated parts of the industry here often make news headlines.
- Miami was once calculated to have 3.9 plastic surgeons for every 100,000 residents.
When Florida is in the news for its plastic surgery empire, it’s usually because a patient has met their demise after undergoing Brazilian butt lift (BBL) surgery, or liposuction.
In either procedure, organs can be punctured, and in the BBL, fat can be injected incorrectly and cause almost instant death. That prompted the state to set a rule limiting its surgeons to doing no more than 3 BBLs per day. Within a week of the order’s issue, a safety group was already appealing what some say were perfectly sensible guidelines.
If you can weave your way through the labyrinth of Miami chop shops whose doctors “don’t care at all” about patient safety, Florida isn’t a bad pick for a great place to go for breast augmentation surgery, liposuction, or even the BBL.
Just be sure your surgeon is board-certified, that you never pick him or her based on price alone, and always research their case history.
Like all surgery, invasive plastic surgery always involves at least the possible risk of serious bodily injury or death. Every single time. Patients acknowledge that when they go under the knife, and sign legally binding consent forms that may limit their recourse options.
Great surgeons know the risks of plastic surgery and do everything possible to make safety a priority.
Rogue surgeons that gamble with patient’s lives due to their own lack of training are, well, butchers of sorts. And Florida is home to them, too.
But it’s also the state with the 3rd highest concentration of the best plastic surgeons in America, and most of the procedures that come off looking natural and fantastic never make news headlines.
Coming in at third place, Florida is home to 34 of America’s best plastic surgeons, as voted by plastic surgery and medical peers.
- Birthplace of the first silicone breast implant (1961).
- Home to 25 of the best U.S. plastic surgeons (2022).
- Home to the #1 best breast augmentation and rhinoplasty surgeons according to peer votes.
Texas has a rich history in plastic surgery and is today the state with the fourth highest concentration of the best plastic surgeons in the U.S.A.
The first silicone breast implants were invented in Houston, Texas, in 1961 by Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow.
Today, Texas is not only home to 25 of the best plastic surgeons in America, but to the best-in-class breast augmentation surgeon (Dr. William P. Adams, Jr) as well as the best-in-class nose job surgeon for 2022 (Dr. Rod J. Rohrich).
Pennsylvania, the 5th most populous state is also the 5th most concentrated state of the best plastic surgeons in the U.S. Pennsylvania is home to 23 of the best surgeons in America.
Ohio is home to 18 of the best plastic surgeons in America.
7. Illinois and North Carolina
Illinois and North Carolina are each home to 16 of the best plastic surgeons in America.
8. New Jersey
New Jersey is home to 12 of the best plastic surgeons in America.
Missouri is home to 10 of the best plastic surgeons in America.
10. Indiana and Maryland
Indiana and Maryland are each home to 9 of the best plastic surgeons in America.
For the smoothest surgical experience and best outcome, patients are usually advised to seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon, and to do their own research and due diligence on that surgeon.
Due diligence can include reviewing a surgeon’s website, and reading the reviews of past patients as found on Google, Yelp.com, and RealSelf.com.