As scientific technology and medical research continue to advance, cosmetic plastic surgery continues to grow more accessible, and in some cases even more culturally acceptable on a world-wide scale. In 2010, more than 3.2 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed on Asian, African-American, and Hispanic patients, an increase of 243% since 2000.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein often performs surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures for patients of all ages and ethnicities. As with any elective procedure, patients often want to enhance or minimize specific features without sacrificing their individual identity. While not all procedure results are indicative of a patient’s specific ethnicity, facial procedures require a special type of finesse to provide the desired outcome.
Each patient has unique facial features and bone structure. Due to the inherent intricacies of the face, it is necessary for a surgeon to fully understand the unique characteristics of each patient’s facial features whether performing a surgical or non-surgical facial procedure. Certain ethnicities, specifically those with elevated levels of melanin in the skin, may be more susceptible to keloids and hypertrophic scars. For example, ethnic patients may run the risk of experiencing hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) or hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) when undergoing certain minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, laser hair removal, and dermabrasion. While hyperpigmentation may be reversed in six to eight months with various treatments, hypopigmentation is more difficult to treat and may be, in some cases, irreversible.
Prevalent surgical trends can be seen among each diverse ethnic group. For example, an Asian patient may desire wider eyes, but may not necessarily want to lose the almond shape that is natural to their face and instead want to accentuate what they already have. For many of Dr. Burstein’s Asian patients, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is commonly performed to create a more defined crease of the upper and/or lower lids. For African-American and Hispanic patients nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) is popular. The skin, bone, and cartilage structure among both groups varies, as does their proclivity for scarring. By employing highly-specialized techniques, Dr. Burstein sculpts and shapes the nose to naturally fit with each patient’s unique aesthetic.
It is important that such patients consult closely with a plastic surgeon that will combine their understanding of facial features and bone structure with the patient’s specific desires to reach an outcome that is consistent and harmonious with the facial features as a whole. If you are interested in learning more a facial procedure that Dr. Burstein performs, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also be sure to connect with Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.