Once mostly confined to rich Caucasian women, cosmetic plastic surgery is increasingly crossing racial boundaries. More African-American, Hispanic and Asian 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 minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures for African-Americans in 2010 were as follows:
1. Botulinum Toxin Type A (BOTOX, DYSPORT) injections
Botox injections are used to reduce the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), forehead furrows, and lines at the outer edges of the eye, referred to as “crow’s feet.”
2. Soft Tissue Fillers
Dermal fillers are used to add volume to cheeks and lips, soften facial creases, fill wrinkles and improve the appearance of depressed scars.