Although nation-wide plastic surgery statistics are unavailable for Australia, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports a steady increase in ethnic (non-Caucasian) surgeries each year. In 2017, ethnic minorities accounted for 32.1% of the total cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in the US (up 7.5% from the previous year).
Ethnic plastic surgery also appears to be increasing at a faster rate. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that ethnic procedures doubled between 2005 and 2013, compared with a 35 percent increase in the Caucasian population.
Defining ‘ethnically appropriate’ surgery
Instead of aiming to erase ethnic differences, ‘ethnically appropriate’ surgery is informed by multiculturalism. It identifies differences in the needs and interests of different patients. It also determines variations in ethnic skin types in terms of likely reactions to different procedures. For example, patients with darker skin can be more susceptible to developing post-surgical pigmentation abnormalities and keloid (raised, reddish) scars. In such cases, fillers may be injected deeper into the skin to avoid hyperpigmentation. Dr Lee may also recommend pre-treating darker skin before other treatments are administered.
As a specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Mark Lee has a thorough understanding of different surgical and non-surgical techniques for patients with various skin types. He can manage any possible complications, and will always select techniques that will produce the most natural looking results.
Book an appointment at our Skin Enhance clinic to discuss your skin concerns, or contact Dr Mark Lee’s office to arrange a no-obligation surgical consultation.
While women have traditionally dominated the market for cosmetic surgery in Australia, recent reports indicate a significant increase in cosmetic procedures among men – particularly those seeking non surgical or non invasive fillers and wrinkle relaxants.
Interestingly, men appear to have entered the market for slightly different reasons to women. They also opt for different procedures. Some commentators note that, in an economically competitive environment that is increasingly concerned with physical appearance, men are seeking non surgical treatments to maintain an advantage in the job market. While women tend to use non surgical fillers and wrinkle relaxants as ‘anti-ageing’ treatments, men are more likely to use these to appear ‘less angry’ or to sculpt a more ‘masculine’ jawline.
Facing the facts for men
Injection techniques are slightly different for men and women, so it is important to seek a medical practitioner with experience in treating the male face.
- Male skin is physiologically different to female skin. The male dermis is 20 per cent thicker and has a higher collagen content. Due to this, men tend to have fewer superficial wrinkles and fewer lines around the mouth.
- Men have a larger muscle mass and less subcutaneous fat than women. There is also a difference between men and women in the receptors within the muscle that the fillers or relaxers attach to. For this reason, men need 1.5 to 2 times the amount of product as women to treat a particular area.
Our registered nurse Alex Earnshaw has been a skilled nurse injector for more than 8 years. She is fully accredited by Allergan and Australasian Medical and Scientific and is practiced in providing other medically proven treatments (including IPL and paramedical tattooing), tailored to suit your needs. Contact us to book a one-on-one consultation with Alex.
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