Does Equal Opportunity Apply To Cosmetic Procedures?
(BlackDoctor.org) — Wrinkles, dark spots and breast size are a few of the beauty concerns African Americans have. Dermal fillers, chemical peels and breast implants are just a few of the solutions sought to address them.
The variety of cosmetic procedures are increasing, demand is growing, and the number of service providers is rising. The costs are also dropping, allowing more people to fit cosmetic procedures into the budget. But, black consumers racing to the market may want to tap the brakes because affordability and availability are not sure signs of a green light.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that in 2009, African Americans had nearly one million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. Trends such as these are grabbing the attention of groups like ASPS and the FDA because consumer diversity tends to expand much faster than consideration of the unique needs of minorities.
Consumers often feel if they can afford it, and they want it, then they should have it. But, that attitude can be reckless when dealing with cosmetic procedures, because what is suitable for one group is not always suitable for another. There are a number of procedures that have confirmed this, including laser resurfacing and permanent cosmetics. These procedures hit the market and it was only after issues began to arise that professionals began deal with the fact that extra consideration was needed when dealing with black skin.
ASPS warned that “applying a European or other “standard of beauty” to ethnic patients may produce inconsistent results that are not harmonious…” There are also risks that treating black skin like white skin for example, can result in pigment changes, scarring and keloids.