African-American Community More Accepting of Plastic Surgery

Reality TV shows including “Extreme Makeover” and the drama series “Nip Tuck” have influenced many Americans over these past few years, and put the spotlight on some of today’s most sought-after procedures including facelift surgery, liposuction and Botox.

The overall attitude towards plastic and cosmetic surgery in the United States has become more lax in recent years, and researchers report that many people are more accepting of going under the knife. A recent report in the Louisiana Weekly reports that plastic surgery is also gaining acceptance in the African-American community.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that more than 900,000 African Americans underwent some type of cosmetic or plastic surgery in 2008, which translates to a 145-percent increase since the year 2000.

According to Dr. Michelle Hardaway, an African-American plastic surgeon in Farmington Hills, Michigan, “makeover shows have made cosmetic surgery more acceptable...TV programs have made it more normal.”

Other plastic surgeons and researchers point out that the stigma of going under the knife has gone, and that television shows have taken the mystery out of plastic and cosmetic surgery, making it more socially acceptable even in minority communities.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the most commonly-requested procedures for African-American cosmetic patients include nose reshaping surgery, liposuction and breast reduction. Patients that do not want to undergo extensive surgery are turning to Botox, hyaluronic acid fillers, and chemical peels to improve their appearance. Another emerging trend for African-American patients is an increased demand for eyelid procedures among male patients. Eyelid lifts and upper eyelid tightening procedures help to create a more rejuvenated appearance, and can also help to reshape the upper facial area.

Dr. Sha Perrault, an African American psychologist from Maryland, reports states, “There was a time when we didn’t do things because it felt like we were selling out. That mentality is gone now and we have a more glamorized, mainstream focus.” (Source: Louisiana Weekly)

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