Thursday, March 15, 2007

Hispanics lead minority groups in cosmetic surgery!

This week, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) released their 2006 Plastic Surgery Statistics. This survey highlighted several interesting trends in American plastic surgery.

The study noted that the number of cosmetic procedures in this country is at an all time high at 11.5 million! And that women receive 92% of these procedures. The study also showed that across the nation, Hispanics accounted for 9.7% of these procedures, African-Americans for 6.6%, and Asians at 4.7%.

Although, I think that the exact numbers may vary depending on where you are located, I think that the overall trend is correct. In my Miami plastic surgery practice, we are seeing a growing demand in cosmetic surgery and non-invasive procedures, especially from the Hispanic and the African-American communities.

I think that part of this is cultural- plastic surgery is VERY popular throughout South America and we are blessed to have many Latin Americans live here in South Florida. We also have patients who fly in for their procedures and to enjoy beautiful South Florida while they recover. Lastly- the word is out- cosmetic techniques have proven to be safe and effective! As these procedures have evolved, they have produced better, longer-lasting results with minimal down time. I think that this has opened the doors to busy professionals and other people who in the past would not have considered themselves candidates for cosmetic surgery.

It's important to note that these communities do have very particular needs- every procedure (esp those for skin tone correction and tightening) need to be approached with the individual's skin type, color, and thickness in mind. Educating patients on their options is as important as always- that's why all our staff and all our office literature is multilingual! Thank God I'm from Ecuador. Adios!

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