The rise of ethnic plastic surgery: How do you define beauty?

The rise of ethnic plastic surgery: How do you define beauty?
The rise of ethnic plastic surgery: How do you define beauty?

By Ron Robinson

We’ve heard the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” But that “beholder” may not just refer to a personal preference, but the preference of an entire ethnicity.

Whether you’re from the USA, China or India, people all over the world base their definition of ideal beauty on certain facial proportions and cultural ideas. And, funny enough, it usually falls within the lines of: whatever you don’t have, you want.

Many Asians pine for big eyes with lots of lid room (a problem they refer to as “monolid” -- where there isn’t a lot of space to apply eye makeup). Other ethnic groups might not like their wide noses, round faces, etc.

In recent news, it has been recorded that there is an increase in plastic surgery among Hispanics, Asian Americans and African Americans. According to a recent study, facial plastic surgery among those ethnicities has increased by 10% as of 2013.

The increased demand for cosmetic procedures was different among each ethnicity – 80% of African Americans and 65% of Hispanics requested rhinoplasty, while 44% of Asian Americans requested blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

Even though minorities might want to alter their appearance, it may seem important that they enhance their look by also keeping principal, ethnic facial characteristics. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Julius Few, who has offices in New York and Chicago, says that “the biggest trend in the aesthetic industry today is the focus on making small changes to the appearance without significantly altering or masking ethnic traits.”

Strategically, Dr. Few uses a combination of Botox, fillers and skin-tightening energy treatments, which result in a powerful rejuvenation process that gets results with little risk or recovery time. By “stacking” these treatments, a person can improve his or her look without significant change to important ethnic features.

As the demand for plastic surgery from different minorities in the US increases, so has the “availability of less invasive and noninvasive approaches to reducing signs of aging, reducing unwanted fat and cellulite, and enhancing features,” Dr. Few predicts.

As more and more people look to plastic surgery to change the way some facial features look, maintaining an ethnic identity will surely be a major focus.