MICHIGAN’S CHENG plastic surgery industry is booming, with more than 40,000 plastic surgery operations performed each year.
But in the United States, it’s not the same.
According to the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), more than 70 percent of U.S. plastic surgery patients who undergo surgery in the U.K. are white.
That makes it easier for the media to ignore the fact that some Asian-Americans in America are also more likely to have undergone cosmetic surgery.
“There is an imbalance between the demand for plastic surgery in America and the supply in the rest of the world,” said Andrew Withers, CEO of AAPS, which advocates for the rights of Asian Americans.
“There’s a big disparity between Asian American demand for cosmetic surgery in this country and the demand elsewhere.”
Withers said the AAPS also believes that there are two major reasons for this disparity: cosmetic surgery and ethnic profiling.
According the AAP, more than 60 percent of Asian-American surgery patients in the US have been diagnosed with at least one mental health condition, and a recent AAP poll found that almost half of Asian American women would like to have plastic surgery to improve their health.
While Asian Americans are more likely than whites to have had a plastic surgery procedure, Asian American patients are also less likely to get cosmetic surgery if they are black, Hispanic or Native American.
“The majority of Asian surgery is done in the East Coast and South America,” Witherers said.
“But a large percentage of the plastic surgery is also done in Asia.
So I think there’s a huge disconnect between the amount of plastic surgery that’s done in America, and the amount that’s actually done in Asian-America.”
While Witheres doesn’t believe that Asians are the only ones struggling with the discrimination faced by Asians in the West, he believes that the problem is not limited to Asian Americans alone.
“People of color, especially people of color of color in general, have experienced the same things that Asian Americans have,” Wethers said.
“When we think of Asian America, what we think about is that it’s a place that’s very culturally diverse and diverse in terms of its ethnicities, its racial identities, its religion, its economic status and its cultural and political and economic environment.
But we don’t think about that when we think, for example, of black people.”
According to Witherss, there is a disconnect between how much the Asian American community is supported by the media and how much they actually receive.
“I don’t believe it’s that there’s not enough Asian American representation in the media, but there’s so much of it,” Wathers said, adding that the media has also made it difficult for Asian Americans to have cosmetic surgery, especially if they’re Hispanic or a Native American woman.
“We don’t get it.
We’re not given the opportunities to do it, or we’re not taken seriously,” Wailes said.
Wailes believes that, in order to combat racial inequality, Asian Americans need to be more visible and be represented on television.
“They should be represented in the television show, not on the news,” Wails said.