The number of ethnic minorities going under the knife for aesthetic procedures continues to climb, with African American aesthetic surgery patients increasing nearly 10% last year, according to a recent study released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Approximately 847,000 African Americans underwent plastic surgery procedures in 2007, up 8% from 2006, compared with 1,011,000 Hispanics and 767,800 Asians, whose numbers increased by 8% and 26%, respectively, the study reports.

Nose reshaping, liposuction, and breast reduction were among the top aesthetic procedures African American patients requested. Hispanic patients requested breast augmentation, nose reshaping, and liposuction; and Asians requested nose reshaping, breast augmentation, and eyelid surgery.

In general, 91% of all patients are women, with the average age of those receiving invasive and noninvasive procedures around 42 years.

[Source: Black Enterprise]