Survey Says Minorities Choosing Cosmetic Surgery

According to a recent survey released by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, more than 50 percent of respondents believed that demand for cosmetic surgery amongst minorities has increased significantly within the last five years.

Mark Berman, MD, President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery states, “Cosmetic surgery is en vogue no matter who you are…feeling better about yourself and making improvements to your looks is thankfully not limited to a specific race or culture.”

Survey results show that among all of the racial or ethnic groups, Asians were the most popular candidates, accounting for about 31 percent of respondents. Hispanics accounted for about 27 percent of candidates, and African Americans accounted for about 19 percent of cosmetic surgery candidates. Approximately one quarter of respondents surveyed indicated that they knew someone from a racial or ethnic group who had received cosmetic surgery.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is a professional medical society comprised of dermatologic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, general surgeons, head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons who specialize in cosmetic surgery. The organization conducts several surveys throughout the year to monitor trends and learn about the top procedures that are in demand each season.

Some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures among minorities include the facelift, liposuction, tummy tucks, fat injections, Botox, dermabrasion, laser hair removal and chemical peels. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery also reports that over 30 percent of those surveyed would seek out a cosmetic surgeon of the same race or ethnicity as themselves.

Patients of certain ethnicities may not be good candidates for surgery if they are of a certain skin type. The cosmetic or plastic surgeon needs to conduct a complete consultation to make sure that candidate is in good health for the procedure, and if there may be any contraindications associated with the procedure.

Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.

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