One fear that many plastic surgery patients profess is loosing their ethnic identity following a procedure. Rhinoplasty, browlifts and other cosmeticprocedures can mask ethnic facial features if not done properly, but as technology and techniques improve, this worry is becoming less commonplace.
According to The Plastic Surgery Group, the number of minority patients that plastic surgeons treat has been steadily rising since 2005, but ethnic identity is one of the top concerns voiced by African- and Asian-American customers.
"There has been a lot of recent talk in the media and in the industry about how plastic surgery promotes a Westernized standard of beauty," one plastic surgeon noted in a press release. "But experienced surgeons work with patients to develop surgical plans that meet their specific goals, and that usually involves maintaining their cultural identity."
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that the number of African-American patients receiving plastic surgery has risen 56 percent since 2005, while the number of Asian-Americans has risen more than 126 percent in the same period. The two most popular procedures for each group are rhinoplasty andblepharoplasty, respectively.
More often than not, ethnic patients are looking to correct a facial feature that has bothered them for a long time, rather than eliminate a defining feature. The cultural sensitivity of these procedures requires careful consideration not only for aesthetic beauty, but also the patient's identity.
Anyone considering cosmetic enhancements that will enhance, rather than mask, ethnic features,should contact the best plastic surgeon on Long Island, Dr. James Marotta. As a dual board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Marotta has the expertise needed to meet any and all beauty goals without changing the features that provide ethnic identity.