Once mostly confined to rich Caucasian women, cosmetic plastic surgery is increasingly crossing racial boundaries. More African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American individuals are undergoing plastic surgery. 1,047,420 cosmetic procedures were performed on African-Americans in 2010. This was an increase of six percent from 2009.
At the beginning of every year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) publishes a report of the prior year’s procedure statistics. The most popular surgical cosmetic procedures for African-Americans in 2010 were as follows:
Liposuction involves removing unwanted localized fat deposits to reshape and redefine the contours of the body.
2. Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
Rhinoplasty involves surgical reshaping of the nose.The goal of African-American rhinoplasty surgery is not to create a Caucasian nose, but to create a nose that is compatible with the African-American face. Among Blacks, there is a wide variety in nasal appearances. However, African-American rhinoplasty typically involves increasing the nose’s projection and narrowing the nostrils. while the purpose of Caucasian nose surgery is usually to make the nose smaller.
3. Breast Reduction
Breast reduction also known as reduction mammaplasty, reduces the size and volume of the breasts by surgically removing breast tissue. It often simultaneously involves creating the effect of a breast lift. Breast reduction is more common among African-American women, while breast augmentation is more common among Hispanic, Asian-American, and Caucasian women.