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Survey Reveals Cosmetic Surgery Is Becoming More Popular For Women of Color

Cosmetic Surgery Is More Popular Among People of Color

The recession may have sliced into cosmetic surgery profits, but, according to a recent survey released by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), more people of color are going under the knife. More than half of those surveyed said cosmetic surgery has become more popular in their racial or ethnic group over the past five years. (The study measured perception of popularity, not actual numbers of patients.)

Naturally, the AACS is pleased by these results. "Cosmetic surgery is en vogue no matter who you are," said Mark Berman, MD, president of the AACS. "Feeling better about yourself and making improvements to your looks is thankfully not limited to a specific race or culture," he added.

Thankfully? Sigh. While yes, people of all shapes, sizes, and appearances can feel better about themselves, doing so doesn't require cosmetic surgery. We take a to-each-her-own approach at BellaSugar, but I wonder why surgery is perceived as more popular. (When Asian-American women have eyelid surgery, for instance, it's sometimes done to make the eyes look more Caucasian — not exactly the most self-loving reason to go under the knife.) What's your take on the study's findings?

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Beauty Beauty 7 years
Thanks for your comment, anon. I think different cultures have different beauty ideals, though, don't you? They're often narrow, but, for instance, in France, there isn't the same kind of pursuit of a youthful face via Botox, etc. Yeah, there's anti-aging stuff and some people use Botox, but I don't get the same sense of fear re: aging process. Or look at that famous study about Fijian girls; when they started watching Western TV shows, they went from idealizing a larger/thick body type to developing a higher rate of eating disorders in just a few years. My point is, these strict and largely unattainable ideals make girls and women feel bad about themselves -- and there's no reason to. I'm not a woman of color, so I can't speak to that experience. I can only listen and try to understand and be an ally (and part of that is knowing when to shut up). But I do have lots of friends who grew up feeling ugly because they weren't white/blue-eyed/thin/tall -- and that always upset me, because they were (and are) beautiful. It's getting better, at least compared to when I was 16, but there's still a lot of progress to be made. I feel like people don't hear as many "Black is beautiful" (or Latina is lovely, or mixed is marvelous) messages as we should, and I wonder... if we did, would more girls grow up feeling beautiful as a default state of mind?
marcied23 marcied23 7 years
^^very true pitsil, plastic surgeons aren't setting up shop in rural areas, but in big cities where people feel that in order to compete they have to look younger or fit in with the mainstream vision of beauty, which for the most part is the "barbie" idea blonde hair, blue eyes and a slim nose. it's just sad. beauty is in the eye of the beholder, i just wish people would think twice before getting these very invasive surgeries. in my opinion cosmetic surgery is only necessary when there is some type of reconstruction involved due to some type of serious accident.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
The first thing I thought of was the eye-lid surgery. I mean, I would consider that on par with skin bleaching. Honestly, no one cares about your self-esteem. You're only fit to feel good about yourself when you have the cash to dole out to the surgeons.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Exactly, Bellasugar! What bothers me is the faux justification for such surgeries, especially when it's so evident the motive.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I agree, people should do what makes them happy, as long as it's healthy and doesn't hurt anybody. But I think that in some instances, people get surgery when they don't need it. And in a culture that often values a verrrrrry narrow beauty ideal, some women wind up feeling like they aren't attractive -- simply because they don't fit that idea. And yes, obviously many Asians have eyelids, but it bothers me that those who have differently shaped eyes sometimes feel like theirs don't look good. Both ways are beautiful.
catty114 catty114 7 years
Asians doing eye-lid surgery---many of my family members have natural double eye lids...does that mean they look Caucasian, or they were born looking Caucasian? I believe you should do whatever makes you happy, within reason. Clearly, someone like Heidi Montag has some psychological problems, but i don't see anything wrong with well-adjusted and emotionally stable people getting a little tuck here or there.
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