Cosmetic procedures have been around since the times of Ancient Egypt. Over the past 50 years, plastic surgery has grown in both technique refinement and the number of available procedures. It has also become a culture of its own that has become integrated in modern society. In some Asian countries, such as Korea, it has become so commonplace that it is almost expected that the stranger on the street has undergone some form of cosmetic surgery. The phenomenon has contributed to the growth of plastic surgery among Asian-Americans, especially as a way to preserve their cultural heritage.
Common Procedures Among Asians
By far the most popular procedures performed on Asians are those that target the face. Blepheroplasty is the number one choice, with rhinoplasty coming in as a close second. The former procedure is designed to create a particular eye shape by reconstructing the eyelids. Typically, Asians have eyes that lack a fold in the upper lid. Blepheroplasty can preserve that cultural trait by creating a double eyelid effect and giving the eyes a brighter, younger-looking appearance.
Ethnic rhinoplasty focuses on preserving the cultural traits of the individual. For Asians, this means a nose that is a little wider at the base with a lower bridge and a rounder nasal tip.
The Plastic Surgery Influence in Modern Asian Cultures
In countries like Korea and Japan, plastic surgery is extremely common. About one in five Koreans have had at least one procedure performed in their lifetime. In fact, plastic surgery is so readily available that there are shopping malls dedicated solely to cosmetic procedures. An individual can comb through catalogs of plastic surgeons. For the past 10 years, there has even been a Miss Plastic Surgery pageant.
The prevalence of plastic surgery overseas has caused many Asian-Americans to partake in “medical tourism.” Patients will travel to these countries for the sole purpose of getting discount rhinoplasty and blepheroplasty procedures. For many years, it was one of the few ways to obtain a cosmetic procedure that allowed Asians to preserve their cultural features, rather than getting a Caucasian nose from doctors in America.
In the past decade, however, plastic surgeons in America have realized the importance of staying true to the individual patient’s unique features. No two faces are exactly the same. Instead of creating the same cookie-cutter nose on every patient, doctors refined their techniques to cater to the individual. The result was the development and growth of ethnic blepheroplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty. Many plastic surgeons around the country now have the expertise and the knowledge to cater to different cultures, including Asian cultures.
The Asian Rhinoplasty Expert
Dr. Paul Nassif is a board-certified plastic surgeon and one of the world’s leading experts on rhinoplasty. He specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty and has traveledaround the globe to help patients. His 20 years of experience give him the knowledge and skills to create a natural-looking nose for patients while maintaining their ethnic culture in their features.
Dr. Nassif has his own private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, and sees patients from around the country. To schedule an initial consultation with him, contact Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery at (310) 275-2467 or send us your information through our patient contact page.