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)