New Yorkers tend to want the most and the best of everything — except when it comes to wrinkles. But it turns out New Yorkers are in fact the most wrinkled folks in the U.S., according to a recent skincare study by ROC, a skincare company.
So perhaps unsurprisingly, this week the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that injections of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin (oh my!) to minimize wrinkles grew 21 percent in the past year, according to the New York Daily News. Overall, cosmetic procedures increased from 2014 to 2015, with a 7 percent jump in surgery and a 20 percent leap in nonsurgical procedures, according to the association comprised of 2,600 plastic surgeons.
A data expert and president of the website Sperling’s Best Places, Bert Sperling, ascertained by examining scientific literature on skin damage from sun and environmental damage from stress, that in terms of unusual factors that went into awarding New Yorkers wirh the title of “most wrinkled state” was our area’s dew point, latitude and elevation. Because we are in a fairly non-humid area, it is worse for the skin. New Yorkers also tend to be out and about in all weather extremes and have a longer commute time — at 31 minutes average — than other states. Add to that the high level of stress city dwellers tend to experience and it is the perfect storm of facial lines, folds and creases.
But it would appear that instead of reaching for their humidifiers, New Yorkers are reaching out to cosmetic surgeons to intervene.
Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc, a Park Avenue plastic surgeon and lifelong New Yorker explains that at least half of all his practice concerns fixing wrinkles and that winter is his peak time of year.
“There is a certain amount of stress we do to ourselves,” he says, citing New Yorkers’ angst over everything from preschool applications to job promotions.