Park Ridge, IL (PRWEB) November 24, 2005
According to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 20% of all cosmetic procedures performed last year, an increase from 14% in 2000. Hispanics again led minority racial and ethnic groups in the number of procedures at 8.5% followed by African-Americans, 6.2%; Asians, 4.6%; and other non-Caucasians, 1.1 %.
Expertise in treating skin of color involves more than knowing how a certain laser or injectable might affect a Hispanic or Brazilian patient. A doctor's cultural sensitivity can also improve a patient's outlook. One size does not fit all – not only are techniques different for certain minority populations but the concept of what is beautiful is as well. For example, South American women typically want smaller breasts and larger buttocks than the average white American female. One must also recognize the potential economic force that ethnic populations represent.
Many plastic surgeons speak more than one language or have multi-lingual staff to aid in patient communication. However, being aware of cultural differences is more than just speaking the language. It's also about understanding how patients want to enhance their natural ethnic beauty. First generation immigrants are usually hard-working people who want to give their children every advantage, and those children are growing up very “Americanized.”
“Ethnicity has prevented some people from seeking plastic surgery for years, many fearing that their features would look ‘too white.’ Nowadays, many are realizing that plastic surgery can be done without feeling like you're trying to change your ethnicity," says Dr. Sam Speron, plastic surgery expert and consumer advocate. "New procedures and specific training in treating ethnic populations have opened new avenues for patients who previously were afraid to try any plastic surgery procedures.”
With increased awareness about ethnic concerns and new procedures that cater to the inherent differences in darker skin, people of all ethnicities can finally consider changing their nose or lips or eyes, without removing a piece of their heritage.
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