According to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 2.6 million aesthetic plastic surgery procedures were performed on ethnic patients in 2007, a 13% increase from 2006.

“A key take-away from this data is that the plastic surgery patient profile is changing,” says Richard A. D’Amico, MD, ASPS president. “The majority of patients remain Caucasian women, but it is noteworthy that cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed on almost as many Hispanic patients as male patients.”

The statistics show that plastic surgery procedures increased in the following demographic categories: Hispanics—up 8%; African Americans—up 8%; Asian Americans—up 26%.

According to the report, the most commonly requested surgical procedures for ethnic patients are consistent with last year. African-American patients requested nose reshaping, liposuction, and breast reduction; Asian-American patients requested nose reshaping, breast augmentation, and eyelid surgery; and Hispanic patients requested breast augmentation, nose reshaping, and liposuction.

ASPS procedural statistics are collected through Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons, an online national database.

[ASPS, March 25, 2008]