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Ethnic Groups Differ in Cosmetic Surgery Preferences

woman in picture for ethnic cosmetic surgery postA recent NY Times article explains the different cosmetic surgery preferences of ethnic groups in the area. Specific groups are choosing cosmetic procedures that are “tailored to their cultural preferences and ideals of beauty.”

“When a patient comes in from a certain ethnic background and of a certain age, we know what they’re going to be looking for. We are sort of amateur sociologists,” said surgeon Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh.

Doctors interviewed for the story reported seeing a demand for more facelifts among Egyptians, rhinoplasty for Iranians, buttock enhancement for Dominicans and breast augmentation in Russian women.

A survey last year from the American Academy if Cosmetic Surgery confirmed that cosmetic surgery has been increasing in popularity within ethnic groups in the U.S. Over half of their survey respondents believed that popularity of cosmetic surgery had increased among members of their ethnic group during the last 5 years.

According to Victoria Pitts-Taylor, a sociology professor at Queens College, motivations for ethnic cosmetic procedures seem to have changed. She said that in the early days of cosmetic surgery immigrants underwent procedures to try to look “more American.” Today it is different; many immigrants have procedures that reflect their home culture instead.

“My patients are proud of looking Hispanic,” said Dr. Jeffrey Yager, whose office is in a largely Dominican neighborhood. One of his 27 year old Dominican patients underwent breast augmentation in 2008. Now considering a buttocks lift, she reportedly said: “We Latinas define ourselves with our bodies,” and “We always have curves.”

Read the article in The New York Times
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