Change My Race
A recent SBS program on 3rd December, 2013 explained the trend both internationally and in Australia, of surgery being performed to change ethnically defining features of the face, especially the eyelids and the nose. In Korea, it is estimated that 20% of women in Seoul, have had facial defining surgery, including nasal augmentation, double eyelid surgery and bone contouring of the lower jaw, to make the face less “square”. This “baby face look” is very popular with young Korean women and almost gives a “rubber stamp” appearance; however, the enhancement of their appearance, of the look of their the “baby doll” face, gives them more employment opportunities.
In Iran, Rhinoplasty is 7 times more common than in the United States, demonstrating the pressure there is in a society to conform to an internationalized norm or perceived ideal of beauty.
In Sydney, at my practice, there is an ever increasing percentage of Asian and Middle Eastern patients seeking to have their ethnic features enhanced, especially in Asians, by having Rhinoplasty and Double Eyelid surgery and especially in Middle Eastern patients, both male and female, a reduction Rhinoplasty.
Although “fitting in” is a subconscious motivation, more often, the surgery is an enhancement and optimization of the already
beautiful features of Asians and Middle Eastern faces. Caucasians themselves,
admire the beauty of Asians, especially their wrinkle free smooth skin and in Middle
Eastern people, their beautiful, exotic eyes and eyebrows in particular.
To say that different ethnic groups are striving to be Caucasian, is over-simplifying
the trend. Cosmetic plastic surgery performed by surgeons who have an
appreciation of the aesthetics of different subgroups, can produce with surgery, a
“harmonizing” of facial features and the display of the beauty of these various faces,
which we appreciate in our multi-cultural society