Ethnicity And An Increase In Cosmetic Procedures

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We told you earlier this year about the roller coaster ride that is demand for cosmetic procedures in the current economy: surgery is down and minimally invasive procedures are up. But when you look at the numbers from an ethnic perspective, demand appears to be robust and growing.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2008 saw an 11% increase in cosmetic procedures among non-Caucasians. Hispanics underwent more cosmetic procedures than any other ethnic group, showing an 18% increase.

“We’re seeing a rise in Hispanics opting for cosmetic procedures that coincides with the growth we’re seeing in the nation’s population,” ASPS President John Canady, MD, explains. “Less social stigma, as well as advances in procedures allow patients to maintain their ethnic look. While the majority of patients continue to be Caucasian, the profile of the typical patient is changing.”

In line with the overall rise minimally invasive procedures, non-Caucasians are requesting Botox, injectable fillers and chemical peels most. However, it’s imperative that these patients choose a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist with experience treating ethnic skin in order to decrease the risk of discoloration and scars.

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