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Cultivating a Global Aesthetic Consciousness

Monte O. Harris, MD
Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2009;11(6):420-421. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2009.84.
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We are in the midst of exciting times as the United States experiences growing diversity and changing social attitudes toward race, culture, and ethnicity. For the facial plastic surgery community, this can be a watershed moment when we openly celebrate the complexity of humanity with a renewed aesthetic consciousness.

The Eurocentric aesthetic platform is gradually expanding to allow for a more global interpretation of beauty. Consequently, the stigma surrounding facial plastic surgery has noticeably decreased over the past decade, ushering in a new demographic of facial plastic surgery patients. Evidence of this trend was provided in the 2006 American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Member Survey, which identified people of color (Asians, African Americans, and Hispanics) as the fastest growing segment of cosmetic surgery patients.1

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Sierra Leonean/Russian man whose facial morphologic features illustrate a mixture of underlying multiethnic heritage.

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