Ethnic Groups Seeking Plastic Surgery
A recent study is showing a rising demand for cosmetic surgery among ethnic groups, with the Hispanic segment of the population taking the lead.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently reported that while cosmetic surgery in the white population decreased by 3 percent in 2008, surgery in the Hispanic segment has increased by 19 percent.
More than 1.3 million Hispanics have had work done in the past year.
The most common procedure among this segment has been liposuction, with breast enlargement and nose reshaping next on the list.
A growing number of these procedures are intended to preserve ethnic features rather than change them.
The Rodeo Drive Rhinoplasty center in Beverly Hills, California, for example, who has a clientele that is less than half Caucasian, offers a service that includes an “ethnic” nose reshaping.
The study showed that the American cosmetic surgery industry took in more than $12 billion in 2007, which then decreased to $10 billion in 2008.
However, the study also noted that cosmetic surgery among African-Americans has increased by 10 percent this past year, and Asian-Americans are up by 5 percent.