Plastic Surgery and Hispanics
Hispanics had nearly 553,000 cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in 2004, an increase of 49 percent from 2000 and a 7 percent increase from 2003, according to statistics released today by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Hispanics led all minority groups in the number of procedures performed, comprising 6 percent of the 9.2 million cosmetic surgery procedures performed in 2004, followed by African Americans with 5 percent (461,000 procedures), and Asians with 3 percent (276,000 procedures).
"This tremendous growth shows that Hispanics have adopted and adapted to many U.S. cultural norms," said ASPS Past President James Wells, MD, a bi-lingual plastic surgeon. "Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group in America and body image is increasingly important to them as they move up the socio-economic ladder."
According to ASPS statistics, the most commonly requested surgical cosmetic procedures for Hispanics in 2004 were nose reshaping, breast augmentation, and liposuction. The most commonly requested minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures for Hispanics were Botox(R), microdermabrasion, injectable wrinkle fillers, and chemical peel.
In addition, the most commonly requested surgical procedures for African Americans in 2004 were nose reshaping, breast reduction, and liposuction. The most commonly requested surgical procedures for Asians were nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and breast augmentation. The most commonly requested minimally-invasive procedures for both ethnic groups were Botox, injectable wrinkle fillers, chemical peel, and microdermabrasion. Both African Americans and Asians had a 24 percent increase in cosmetic surgery procedures from 2000.
"We see younger Hispanic baby boomers and patients in their 20s and 30s coming in for minimally-invasive procedures and surgical procedures like liposuction and breast augmentation most often," said Dr. Wells. "These generations tend to be more accepting and open about cosmetic surgery."
Reality TV shows are also creating a greater public awareness for cosmetic surgery in the Hispanic community.
"Hispanics are getting more exposure to cosmetic surgery through TV programming shown in South America, Central America, and in the United States," said Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons President Onelio Garcia, MD, who estimates 50 percent of his patients are Hispanic. "These shows are helping Hispanic patients become more comfortable with cosmetic surgery by discussing procedural options and showing Hispanic patients and plastic surgeons."
With the number of Hispanics opting for cosmetic surgery increasing, it is ever important for patients to learn what to look for when choosing a plastic surgeon and operating facility.
"Hispanic patients need to be aware of the importance of choosing an ASPS Member Surgeon to ensure quality, training and board-certification in plastic surgery," said Dr. Wells. "There are physicians and non-physicians who may prey on Hispanic patients because of language barriers