Plastic surgery and liposuction
are not just for the rich and famous anymore and is growing in popularity among
the nation’s minorities and middle-class.
As social acceptance of plastic surgery has increased so has
the affordability of invasive procedures like liposuction or breast augmentations and non-invasive procedures
like Botox. People, who would be considered middle-class, are seeing the
benefits that plastic surgery offers and spending their hard earned money on
these cosmetic enhancements.
Minorities are also a growing demographic of patients
seeking cosmetic surgery. According to statistics from the American Society of
Plastic Surgeons, the number of minorities seeking plastic surgery increased 65
percent between 2000 and 2005.
Hispanics comprised the largest minority group undergoing
plastic surgery and the most commonly asked for procedure is breast
augmentations. African-Americans were the second largest minority group with
Asians coming in third and nose reshaping is the most
popular invasive procedure for the two groups.
Botox is popular among all minorities and even men. Between
2004 and 2005 Botox injections in men increased 233 percent.
still a popular procedure and ranks in the top ten cosmetic surgeries year
after year. This minimally invasive procedure allows a patient to have fat
removed from areas of the body that are resistant to exercise.
Despite a person’s race or economic status, plastic surgery
has become more affordable and socially acceptable as people realize the
benefits that a cosmetic enhancement can offer.