Half Million Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures for Hispanics in 2004

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2005-10-15 22:49

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.

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