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Although nation-wide plastic surgery statistics are unavailable for Australia, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports a steady increase in ethnic (non-Caucasian) surgeries each year. In 2017, ethnic minorities accounted for 32.1% of the total cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in the US (up 7.5% from the previous year).

Ethnic plastic surgery also appears to be increasing at a faster rate. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that ethnic procedures doubled between 2005 and 2013, compared with a 35 percent increase in the Caucasian population.

Defining ‘ethnically appropriate’ surgery

Instead of aiming to erase ethnic differences, ‘ethnically appropriate’ surgery is informed by multiculturalism. It identifies differences in the needs and interests of different patients. It also determines variations in ethnic skin types in terms of likely reactions to different procedures. For example, patients with darker skin can be more susceptible to developing post-surgical pigmentation abnormalities and keloid (raised, reddish) scars. In such cases, fillers may be injected deeper into the skin to avoid hyperpigmentation. Dr Lee may also recommend pre-treating darker skin before other treatments are administered.

As a specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Mark Lee has a thorough understanding of different surgical and non-surgical techniques for patients with various skin types. He can manage any possible complications, and will always select techniques that will produce the most natural looking results. Choosing to have plastic surgery is a serious personal decision and undertaking. Please be mindful that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.

Book an appointment at our Skin Enhance clinic to discuss your skin concerns, or contact Dr Mark Lee’s office to arrange a no-obligation surgical consultation.