In a survey released Monday by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), more than half of respondents say they think the popularity of cosmetic surgery has grown among members of their racial/ethnic group in the last 5 years.
Among racial/ethnic groups, Asians reported that cosmetic surgery is most popular (31.4% of respondents), followed by Hispanics (27.4%) and African Americans (18.8%) in cosmetic surgery popularity.
About one quarter of respondents surveyed indicated they knew someone of the same racial/ethnic background who has gotten cosmetic surgery.
For invasive cosmetic surgery procedures, the most common surgery for Asian respondents is a facelift. Among black respondents, the top procedure is liposuction. And for Hispanic respondents, the most popular procedure is abdominoplasty.
More than 30% of respondents say they would seek out a cosmetic surgeon of the same race/ethnicity as themselves. And over half of respondents (56.6%) said it would be difficult to find a surgeon of the same race/ethnicity as themselves.
[Source: American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery]