Half Million Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures for Hispanics in 2004
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.