Trends in facial cosmetic surgery among Iranian-American women

Cosmetic surgery among Iranian-American women is booming. More than 3.2 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed on ethnic


Trends in facial cosmetic surgery among Iranian-American women

Cosmetic surgery among Iranian-American women is booming. More than 3.2 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed on ethnic patients in 2010, an increase of 243% since 2000, and accounting for 25% of all plastic surgeries combined.

The most popular cosmetic procedures for Iranian-American women include rhinoplasty, facelift, facial liposculpture, Botox and injectable fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Sculptra.

Modern plastic surgery is not about erasing ethnic features, but to enhance overall appearance without minimizing identity.

Everyone has different, unique facial features and bone structure, which greatly influence the outcome of any cosmetic surgery procedure. Applying a European or other ‘standard of beauty’ to ethnic patients may produce inconsistent results that are not harmonious with other facial features.

Therefore, it is important you and your surgeon agree upon the desired results. Perhaps you want to look younger or fresher, or perhaps you want to soften a specific part of your appearance you do not like. Many doctors now utilize advanced 3D technology to digitally show the possible results of a surgery, which can help alleviant any miscommunication.

When you choose a cosmetic surgeon, make sure he/she has experience working with a broad range of ethnicities including Iranian-American women. Without the experience, training and aesthetic sense for the patient’s unique qualities, your results are likely to appear incongruous and inharmonious with your overall appearance.

Iranian-American women can absolutely benefit from well-done cosmetic surgery, as confidence in who you are can give you positive energy and lead to a better life.

By far, the most commonly desired cosmetic surgery for Iranian-American women is the rhinoplasty. Even Iran, where the morality police used to confiscate eyeliner and lip gloss, is now the nose-job capital of the world. “A western nose is more beautiful” is something we hear all too often. However, there is a tremendous amount of difference between and within ethnic groups, and it is important to understand this principle if you want to have natural-looking results.

Dr Babak Azizzadeh, facial plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, is one of the leading rhinoplasty experts in the country. He says “A truly great rhinoplasty result is one that turns the focus of the casual observer away from an outstanding feature of the nose”. Furthermore, “we strive to maintain your ethnic look while improving your outstanding features”.

Factors often addressed in an Iranian-American Rhinoplasty:

  • The tip of the nose may be wider, poorly defined, droopy and/or over-projected than the patient feels comfortable with
  • Skin may be thicker as well
  • Nostrils may be wider
  • Bridge may have a “hump” that draws attention

The relationship between the nose and the chin is often ignored in poor nasal aesthetics. Often times to get the ‘perfect nose’ we need to improve the chin as well. This is also true for facial symmetry and fat lose due to aging. A good cosmetic surgeon will examine many complimentary features of the face in order to get the best possible result.

Additional concerns with ethnic plastic surgery including scarring and pigment irregularities. Darker skin tends to have more noticeable scarring, which requires special approaches to wound caring post-surgery. Pigment irregularities such as hyperpigmentation (a blotchy darkening of the skin) or hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) is possible with many non-surgical procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, laser hair removal and dermabrasion. Iranian-American women should be extra cautious if undergoing any of these procedures. A skilled cosmetic surgeon will most likely do a skin test before the full treatment to determine if you are at risk.

Ultimately, if you are a modern Iranian-American woman considering cosmetic surgery, you are not alone. Nowadays many women would rather pay than just pray for a new look.

Learn more about Iranian-American Rhinoplasty


Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS
Diplomat, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Center for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery

9401 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 650
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
T 310.461.0303
www.FacialPlastics.info