When Getting Judged By The Color Of Your Skin Is A Good Thing [VIDEO]

12 Aug 2013 at 9:00am

Seven unique video insights from doctors on everything from Caucasian cartilage to Mediterranean bellies to Asian armpit scars

RealSelf asked seven doctors with very different specialties -- facial plastic surgery, dermatology, breast augmentation -- to explain why ethnicity matters in their surgical and treatment approach and technique. Remember: These are all general observations, and everyone will need specific attention from their physicians -- not just because of ethnicity but because of health, age, and other considerations. 

And as always, if these videos didn't answer your question you can always ask a doctor on RealSelf here

1. Yes, different ethnicities have very different cartilage. 

New Jersey facial plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Joseph shows us why what's under the nose is just as important what's on top for getting a great result. (2:00)

2. Asians lack structure (in their noses). Caucasians have lots of it. 

So says Colorado facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Weber in this video, which is why one difference between a Caucasian and Asian nose job is structure refinement. And in case you're wondering what Dr. Weber means supratip break is (around 1:27), read this Q&A. (2:12)

3. Your excess skin differs a lot, whether you're Mediterranean, Caucasian, or African American. 

Arizona plastic surgeon Dr. Remus Repta explains how he gets the right result for an African-American patient versus a Mediterranean patient versus a Caucasian patient. (2:15)

4. White or black, there's a reason men get less invasive facelifts. 

It's not why you think: Even if you're from the same ethnic background, Massachusetts plastic surgeon Dr. Bill Loverme explains how male and female facelifts results are still very different.  (1:00)

5. Asians (should) go through the armpit -- for breast augmentation.

In this video, Honolulu surgeon Dr. Larry Schlesinger, explains why being Asian (or not) affects where incisions are made for a breast augmentation. (2:13)

6. What Middle Eastern patients look for in a new nose. 

Seattle facial plastic surgeon Dr. William Portuese explains how he approaches a Middle Eastern versus Hispanic patient's nose job. (2:32)

7. Lighter skin can mean a much more intense laser

If you're considering laser resurfacing, Dr. Jennifer Reichel, a Seattle dermatologic surgeon, recommends doing a test spot before getting the full treatment in this video. (2:14)

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This is good info.
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I knew differences because of research. But I didn't realize the scarring I am left with. I wonder is there any doctor that does reconstruction on these procedures (panniculectomy) I am depressed with the dark color mine turned, no keloids..
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I wish they would have used similar body types for the abdominoplasty, because you really cant compare those 3 body types. that one seemed pointless to me.
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I agree. It would have made more sense/ been more informative if all three had suffered from a similar size pannus, preferably the size the Afican Merican woman had.
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Great post op photos of "invisible scars" from a breast augmentation. Many women don't want to risk scaring around their nipples or elsewhere. Dr. Schlesinger clearly explains the benefits of an armpit incision to women of all races. Very helpful video!

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This is really good. As an African American female, my doctor asked right up front if I had experienced keloid scarring in previous surgeries (which I didn't) so that he could address that right away.
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Wow, sounds like you were in good hands, No More Drama. Glad to hear it!!

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Great information! The videos are a great resource to direct our patients to!
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Excellent information!  Definitely gives you a bit more to think about when doing your research.  

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I realized there were differences, but I certainly didn't realize how many differences, or how much has to be taken into consideration to make sure the proper treatment is chosen. Really good to know!

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Great videos. Thank you to each of the doctors for taking the time.  

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