In a recent survey from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), over 50% of those responding said they think the popularity of cosmetic surgery has grown among members of their racial/ethnic group in the last five years.
According to the survey, Asian Americans reported that cosmetic surgery is most popular (31.4 percent of respondents), followed by Hispanic Americans (27.4 percent) and African-Americans (18.8 percent) in cosmetic surgery popularity. About 25% of all those surveyed indicated they knew someone of the same racial/ethnic background who has gotten cosmetic surgery.
"Cosmetic surgery is en vogue no matter who you are," said Dr. Mark Berman, President of the AACS. "Feeling better about yourself and making improvements to your looks is thankfully not limited to a specific race or culture."
When it comes to invasive cosmetic surgery procedures, the most common surgery for Asian respondents is a facelift. Among African American respondents, the top procedure is liposuction and for Hispanic respondents, the most popular procedure is the tummy tuck. For non-invasive procedures such as injectables and other surface treatments, the most common procedures among Asian respondents were fat injections, dermabrasion and Botox. Among African Americans and Hispanics, the most common procedures reported were laser hair removal, Botox and chemical peels.
Over 30% of those surveyed said that they would seek out a cosmetic surgeon of the same race or ethnicity as themselves, however, over half of respondents said they believed it would be difficult to find a surgeon of the same race/ethnicity as themselves.