Excerpts of Utah No. 8 in the U.S. in numbers of plastic surgeons per capital, KSL.com (see also Salt Lake leads nation in breast implant inquires)
...The numbers used to calculate the ratios were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Board of Medical Specialties. The Census Bureau's website provides the most recent population counts for each state (2010), and the ABMS publishes a booklet each year that breaks down the numbers of doctors board certified in each medical specialty in each state.
In any state, other doctors in a variety of specialties may be performing some types of plastic surgery, namely cosmetic procedures, but it is difficult to assess exactly how many because it is not necessary for them to be board certified in plastic surgery to perform these aesthetic procedures. ... Breast augmentation was the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery in 2010, with 296,000 procedures done nationwide, according to the ASPS. Again, the society does not keep track of how many of these are done state by state, but 38 percent of these procedures were done in the western region
... Brzowski noted that the "strong community that's definitely a hallmark of Utah, the (LDS) Church, plays a role" in the numbers of procedures being done here. "Patients who have a positive experience with plastic surgery, with such a good community, they share and spread that information. You learn from your neighbor, 'Oh, my gosh, this problem I had was taken care of; it works.' The word spreads faster than a lot of other spots."
"I think it fits in with the (culture's idea of) taking care of yourself," Brzowski said. "That to me is absolutely the answer and the explanation for why such a devout group of people here are so accepting of plastic surgery. They're doing it for appropriate reasons, not for some vulgar type of motivation."