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    Nuances of Asian aesthetics

    Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing ethnic group in the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center report released in 2012, called “The Rise of Asian Americans.” When it comes to cosmetic treatment in this patient population, successful outcomes may depend on understanding physiological and cultural nuances.  

    Dr. SundaramWashington, D.C., area dermatologist Hema Sundaram, M.D., has a special interest in Asian aesthetics. She is lead author of a new consensus group publication that will be published this spring in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which includes a discussion of injectables treatments in Asians and other ethnicities. This article, "Global Aesthetics Consensus: Hyaluronic acid fillers and botulinum toxin type A: Recommendations for combined treatment and special considerations to optimize outcomes in diverse patient populations," provides recommendations from a notable group of dermatologists and plastic surgeons from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Joining Dr. Sundaram, the North American faculty includes Drs. Jean Carruthers, Steven Fagien, Gary Monheit, Rod Rohrich and Arthur Swift. 

    Dr. Sundaram says that dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the U.S. will likely be treating increasing numbers of Asian patients.

    “This reflects ongoing expansion of the Asian population in America, and the steady increase, year by year, in the number of patients of color who seek cosmetic procedures, as revealed by annual procedural surveys from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and other core aesthetic specialty organizations,” she says.

    Dr. Sundaram’s first recommendation for cosmetic surgeons treating patients of all ethnicities: Focus on facial harmonization, rather than rejuvenation.

    “This entails age-appropriate modification of congenital baseline characteristics, together with correction of acquired disharmonies, which are usually age-related in our patients seeking cosmetic procedures, although they can have other causes, such as injuries,” she says.

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...


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