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At one time, the scope and outcome of many cosmetic surgery procedures was limited by a lack of resources and a misunderstanding of the wide variety of aesthetic preferences that exists.

 Plastic   surgery  was often reserved for the few elite who usually preferred upturned button noses and large breasts. Today cosmetic surgery is more affordable and available to a wider variety of people from different ethnic backgrounds than ever before.

Because cosmetic surgery has evolved so much in the past decades, more people than ever are embracing the opportunity to enhance their unique individual beauty, including the African American community. And in order to meet these individual needs, there are many plastic surgeons that specialize in treating African American patients.

The goal of a specialized cosmetic surgeon is not to erase ethnic identity, but rather to address specific needs and challenges that occur within the population; the outcome of which improves natural beauty, boosts self-esteem, and retains individuality.

Within the African American community there are genetic predispositions that have made  plastic   surgery  difficult in the past. For example, keloid scars can develop on any patient after incision; however, African Americans and those with dark skin pigmentation have a fifteen percent greater chance of developing them.

A keloid scar has an unpleasant texture, can feel itchy and uncomfortable, and often causes emotional distress due to its prominence. Although this is a risk that everyone will face after a cosmetic surgery, there are procedures that can help remove them (as well as keloids caused by previous injuries).

Laser skin treatments are another cosmetic surgery that, at one time, could not be performed on darker pigmented skin, but now can be performed with great success. In the past, lasers often burned and discolored African American skin, making it look blotchy and uneven.

Now skilled technicians have a greater understanding of how to successfully treat darker pigments. Laser resurfacing can help remove acne scars, rough skin, and uneven skin tone. Laser hair removal is also possible and able to treat ingrown hairs that can be prevalent in the African American population.

Although Caucasians often prefer breast augmentation, breast reduction is gaining popularity among African American women. Beyond aesthetics, excessively large breasts can cause emotional and physical discomfort. Posture is affected, back pain is common, and finding properly fitted clothing and undergarments can be difficult. Breast reduction surgery relieves associated pain and often boosts confidence allowing women to partake in more activities such as athletics. It is also one of the few cosmetic procedures that is covered by many health insurance companies.

Lack of understanding and skill is no longer an issue for people of different ethnic backgrounds. If you’re interested in undergoing  plastic   surgery , either to improve your appearance, confidence, or to find relief from a painful condition, there are many specialized cosmetic surgeons who are sensitive to the unique nature and needs of different ethnic backgrounds.

New technology and techniques allow people of all races and communities to undergo successful cosmetic procedures without compromising their individuality. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, researching the procedure, and having realistic expectations can help you achieve your aesthetic goals no matter what your background.