The New York Times recently reported on experts in Hispanic, Asian, African-American and Middle Eastern plastic surgery to uncover what is behind a ten-year increase of 243 percent more ethnic cosmetic surgery patients since 2000.
The last time statistics on ethnic cosmetic plastic surgery were released in 2010, some 3.2 million patients ethnic patients had gone under the knife.
Findings? It wasn’t rocket science – researchers declared that ethnic patients want pretty much what every other patient wants:
• Halting the effects of aging
• Looking refreshed and energized
• To enlarge, reduce or better balance their facial features
Most importantly, they want to keep their ethnic identities. Nobody said they wanted to look like Europeans or Anglo-Saxon descended Americans.
The most helpful example came en masse from black patients who said they did not want a tiny, delicate, effeminate nose like Michael Jackson’s. Maybe a nose that is a less wide, but clearly, an identifiable black nose that fits a black face.
(Read more about cosmetic surgery for all ethnicities.)
Most Asians said they not want round eyes, their almond-shaped eyes are just fine, thank you very much. Just attend to the single eyelids and make the eyes appear more open and less sleepy-looking. Many Asian-background people also want a slightly raised nasal bridge, slightly reduced oval nostrils with perhaps a slightly larger nose.
The Middle Eastern, or Mediterranean nose is yet another sub-set of special needs. Often, those noses are long and tend to droop so that in many cases, the nose touches the lips when smiling. Many such noses also have a nasal hump that requires shaving down.
(Learn more about Middle Eastern rhinoplasty.)
A Master Surgeon is generally required for any ethnic cosmetic surgery because he or she must weigh in varying skin thickness, bone and cartilage strength common to various races while dealing with problem scarring in darker skins.
Above all, that surgeon operates with a philosophy of “Less is More.” That means overly aggressive changes only call attention (if not shout) that this person has just had surgery.
The next question: how to find a Master Surgeon? Your best guide will be his or her before or after cosmetic surgery pictures.
If the surgeon has done natural looking surgery on patients of your ethnicity, you are likely in safe hands and will have a great outcome.
(Look at an ethnic cosmetic surgery before and after picture.)