Acceptance of Cosmetic Surgery Grows Among Minorities

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery has released a new survey about minorities’ attitudes toward plastic surgery, which revealed that over half of the respondents think the popularity of cosmetic surgery has grown among members of their racial/ethnic group in the last five years.

Cosmetic surgery is most popular among Asians (31.4 percent of respondents), followed by Hispanics (27.4) and African-Americans (18.8). About a quarter of respondents said they knew someone of the same racial/ethnic background who has had cosmetic surgery.

“Cosmetic surgery is en vogue no matter who you are,” said Dr. Mark Berman, President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. “Feeling better about yourself and making improvements to your looks is thankfully not limited to a specific race or culture.”

The survey found the top invasive procedure for Asian respondents was facelift; for Hispanics it was tummy tuck; and African-Americans surveyed chose liposuction as their top procedure.

More than 30 percent of those surveyed said they would look for a cosmetic surgeon of the same race/ethnicity as themselves; however, over half (56.6 percent) said they thought it would be difficult to find such a surgeon.

When asked to identify reasons that would affect their decision to get cosmetic surgery, cost was the most-cited reason by Hispanics. Asians were more likely to say because of “stigma” or “not interested.” African-Americans were more likely to select “don’t need it” as a reason.

Dr. Will is is a Fellow and Trustee of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and performs cosmetic surgery at his practice in Frederick County, Maryland.

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Dr. Michael J. Will cosmetic surgeon Maryland received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College, his dental degree from Georgetown University and his medical degree from the University of Texas.

He completed his General Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Will also completed a General Cosmetic Surgery fellowship at the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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