Plastic surgery procedures increase among Hispanic population

Plastic surgery procedures increase among Hispanic population
Plastic surgery procedures increase among Hispanic population

Despite the economic downturn that financially affected millions of Americans over the last several years, a recent report shows that the number of plastic surgery procedures is up in nearly every ethnic group, with the largest increase happening among the Hispanic population. There was an 18 percent nationwide increase for Hispanics, while Caucasians were the only ethnic group that did not experience a rise in plastic surgery procedures.

According to the report, the new data suggests that the Hispanic population fared better during the recession than other ethnic groups.

"The Houston economy has weathered the national recession better than the rest of the nation. The Hispanic ethnicity is the dominant ethnicity in Houston, and this is reflected in my practice," said one Houston-based plastic surgeon. "I have seen a steady increase in Hispanics seeking nonsurgical cosmetic surgery. Facial injectables, such as fillers and toxins, are the most common nonsurgical procedures requested."

This latest research is consistent with a 2010 report that also found a spike in plastic surgery procedures among Hispanics, as well as African-Americans and Asian-Americans. More than 3 million cosmetic procedures were performed on Asian, Hispanic and Black patients that year, accounting for 25 percent of all plastic surgeries and nonsurgical treatments done in the US. The Hispanic population also led the ethnic groups then, representing 11 percent of the nation's overall total of 13 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Nose reshaping, breast augmentation and injectables and fillers were among the procedures Hispanic patients commonly requested.

Earlier this year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported an overall 3 percent increase in cosmetic procedures nationwide since 2011, with 10 million nonsurgical and surgical procedures performed in 2012. Nearly 2 million of those procedures were surgical treatments.