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For Asian Americans, the eyes have it

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has released statistics from a survey of its members for year 2009. All but 2% of respondents practice in the United States. Participants were asked for their opinions about the most frequently performed facial cosmetic surgery procedures among several different ethnic groups.

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Not surprisingly, the most popular procedure among Asian Americans was eyelid surgery (53% of respondents) followed by rhinoplasty (39% of respondents).

The Asian American emphasis on eyelid surgery was especially pronounced compared with Caucasians, Hispanics, and African Americans.

Facelift and chin augmentation were much less popular. Other well-known Asian facial operations such as cheek reduction and jaw reduction were performed too seldom by AAFPRS members to be considered.

Asian Americans accounted for 6% of cosmetic surgery patients in 2009, a drop from 8% in 2008. However, more than 80% of surgeon respondents felt that ethnic plastic surgery was likely to increase noticeably in coming years.

Most members of the AAFPRS have completed a residency in otolaryngology-head-and-neck surgery (commonly known as ENT), although membership is also open to general plastic surgeons. Member surgeons focus primarily on plastic surgery of the face and neck.

The full report can be downloaded here.


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