An African American female has chosen to receive a nose job to enhance her appearance, but some still question the motives of minorities going under the knife, and claim the reason could be to erase ethnicity.
In an article posted by the Seattle Times, plastic surgery has been on the rise for quite some time now, and for minorities it’s been even sharper.
From 2000 to 2005, there was a 65 percent increase in so-called ethnic plastic surgery, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. For the overall population, the increase was 38 percent.
“People are more willing to talk about it and are more accepting of other people’s experience with plastic surgery,” said David Sarwer, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Human Appearance.
For minorities, cosmetic surgery is no longer viewed as a sign of self-hatred or a rejection of racial identity, he said.
“Traditionally, the motives were to erase ethnic characteristics,” Sarwer said. “It’s not like it was 30 or 40 years ago, when Italian and Jewish patients sought surgery as a means of assimilating. While some of that may still be going on, our current standards of beauty are far less Caucasian and Eurocentric than they used to be.”
Not that I would ever want to change the appearance of my nose, because for one I would be too concerned about the future of my ability to breathe! But it’s interesting to see how they’re doing it these days. As shown in the video, a new procedure being performed only takes moments for transformation giving immediate results, and doesn’t require bandages. Unlike the traditional rhinoplasty, which can take days or longer including healing time.