African American Patients and Plastic Surgery - Items to Keep in Mind

Posted July 19, 2022
Things to know about plastic surgery if you are African American

The desire for plastic surgery among female patients continues to grow thanks to social media and the appearance of celebrities on the red carpet. In a 2020 survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, some of the women who were surveyed admitted to being open to the idea of having cosmetic enhancements performed on their bodies. Even with the increasing push for more inclusive body representation in the media, the performance of plastic surgery is increasing, and this includes many African American patients.

Even though there are some celebrities who are open about their cosmetic enhancements, the changes they made to their appearance will not necessarily work for all women. African American patients have unique ethnic features that need to be kept in mind when considering cosmetic surgery. In addition, they need to make sure their cosmetic surgeon of choice is experienced in performing modifications to the body on African American women.

To try and make the process easier, this article will cover some of the items to consider when inquiring about plastic surgery procedures for African American women as well as some of the procedures they request on a regular basis.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Instead of just asking about traditional rhinoplasty, patients should ask if the surgeon is experienced in ethnic rhinoplasty for African American patients. The nose of a patient has a unique shape and size which means the surgeon needs to have experience performing a nose job as well as possess an artistic eye. Plastic surgeons who are experienced in performing African American rhinoplasty are skilled in giving the nose a natural balance and appearance while making sure it is proportional to the rest of the facial features


The cosmetic procedure known as labiaplasty is a surgery that is performed for the purpose of vaginal rejuvenation through the removal of excess skin. The removal of this skin gives the treated area a more youthful and rejuvenated look.

There are multiple reasons female patients want to have this surgery. Some of them want to gain a more aesthetically pleasing look to their private area while others want to ease or eliminate any discomfort or irritation, they feel due to a medical condition.

Labiaplasty can be a minimally invasive treatment where the doctor injects fillers in the area to gain the desired look. In addition, labiaplasty can be performed using a laser to address any issues and this often results in a minimal amount of bleeding in the targeted section of the body.

Fat Removal

African American Plastic SurgeryLike women of all races and ethnicities, African American patients want to have a positive feeling about their body. In some cases, they will want to remove fat through procedures such as liposuction or a tummy tuck.

The definition of the “perfect body” can vary per person and this hold true for anyone wanting to remove excess and unwanted fat from their body. Some beauty standards promote a slim, delicate, and toned body as the ideal look while other promote an appearance considered to be feminine and natural. There are also many women who enjoy having curves and this can be viewed as a body with a thick shape that is compared to an hourglass.

Talk to the Surgeon in Advance

No matter what type of cosmetic surgery a patient wants to have performed on their body, it is important to schedule a consultation appointment with a surgeon who understands and acknowledges that all patients are different. The difference in body types and goals must be part of the consultation process so the surgeon will know the individual desires of each person.

In addition, the specific needs of the skin of African American patients needs to be considered when planning a treatment. For example, microdermabrasion rejuvenates the skin by using a tool that removes the outer layer of the skin to reveal a new, healthy layer of skin. Microdermabrasion can also reduce or eliminate scars, skin discoloration, and stretch marks.

On the other hand, dermabrasion is not an ideal treatment because it can damage darker skin tones and cause discoloration if the skin is damaged and not able to properly produce the skin pigment known as melanin.

It is also important for the surgeon to discuss the reasons the patient wants to make the desired changes to the body. Cosmetic surgery should be performed because the patient wants to alter, enhance, and improve their body as opposed to requesting a procedure to make someone else happy with their appearance.

Finally, women of all races and ethnicities often feel pressured to conform to the latest beauty styles and trends. Since not all trends last for a long time, patients need to remember that the changes they make today might not be the desired look or style in the near future. They need to consider their options before making the final decision to have plastic surgery.


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