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Clin Plast Surg. 1993 Jan;20(1):27-34.

Considerations for cosmetic surgery in the black population.

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  • 1Division of Dermatology, King-Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.


The availability of cosmetic surgical procedures to the general public, especially blacks, has become increasingly widespread. Aesthetic surgeons should not be deterred from performing these procedures in blacks. The myth that all black patients develop keloids or dyspigmentation after surgery should be dispelled; however, in those patients with a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring, elective cosmetic procedures should be either withheld or performed with extreme caution. In general, the cosmetic surgeon can proceed with surgery in blacks and attain good aesthetic results if the procedures are slightly modified when indicated to minimize pigmentary changes and scarring and to maintain ethnic congruency.

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