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Half-million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for Hispanics in 2004 - up 49% from 2000

more accepting and open about cosmetic surgery."

Reality TV shows are also creating a greater public awareness for cosmetic surgery in the Hispanic community.

"Hispanics are getting more exposure to cosmetic surgery through TV programming shown in South America, Central America, and in the United States," said Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons President Onelio Garcia, MD, who estimates 50 percent of his patients are Hispanic. "These shows are helping Hispanic patients become more comfortable with cosmetic surgery by discussing procedural options and showing Hispanic patients and plastic surgeons."

With the number of Hispanics opting for cosmetic surgery increasing, it is ever important for patients to learn what to look for when choosing a plastic surgeon and operating facility.

"Hispanic patients need to be aware of the importance of choosing an ASPS Member Surgeon to ensure quality, training and board-certification in plastic surgery," said Dr. Wells. "There are physicians and non-physicians who may prey on Hispanic patients because of language barriers building a false sense of trust with the patient simply because they too speak Spanish. Little 'clnicas' and 'boutiques' are not the best places to have cosmetic surgery."

To help ensure optimal results and to limit risks and complications, the ASPS offers the following tips to patients considering cosmetic surgery.

  • Do Your Homework: Research the procedure, the benefits, and the risks. Refer to www.plasticsurgery.org for the latest information on plastic surgery procedures.

  • Have Realistic Expectations: Ask your plastic surgeon questions about how the surgery will work for you: identify expectations and understand side effects and recovery time.

  • Be Informed: Talk to patients who have had your procedure so you know what to expect.

  • Require a Medical Evaluation: Consul
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  • Contact: Brian Hugins
    847-228-9900
    American Society of Plastic Surgeons
    16-Mar-2005


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