African American Cosmetic Surgery in Atlanta, GA
Dr. Brian P. Maloney, world-renowned educator and double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, performs African American cosmetic surgery for the residents of Atlanta, Sandy Springs, the surrounding communities in Georgia, and patients from around the world at The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.
As patients from around the world seek improvements in their appearance through cosmetic surgery, it is important to understand the differences not only culturally, but also physically, of the African American patient.
The aging process appears to occur more slowly in African Americans than Caucasians because black skin has a much thicker supporting layer of skin which is known as the dermis. This skin layer contains the main supporting elements of the skin such as collagen. As a result, more support yields slower aging of the skin. Black patients typically consult with a surgeon for cosmetic surgery evaluation ten years later than patients with thinner skin.
With over one million people a year having cosmetic surgery, the breakdown based on race is unknown. However if my practice reflects the national trend, cosmetic surgery among black patients has become much more popular within the past ten years. The consultation with a physician is the first step a patient takes to discuss his or her concerns. In addition to board certification, the patient should inquire as to how many black patients– both male and female–the doctor has operated on and what procedures were performed.
Dr. Maloney offers several cosmetic treatments and procedures that are uniquely designed to serve the needs of the African American population, including scar treatment, minimally invasive treatments for the signs of aging, skin care, facial procedures, and hair restoration.
African American Cosmetic Surgery Procedure
During the consultation, black patients often express concerns over scarring. Due to the thicker dermis, scars can take longer to heal and may thicken. However, this is very unusual on the face.
Some patients may be prone to a type of scarring called keloids. This type of scarring– a keloid– occurs when the scar grows and invades some of the surrounding tissues. This is commonly seen on the earlobe where some reaction occurred at an earring hole, and a ball of scar tissue has formed. Fortunately keloids generally do not occur on the face.
Due to the slower aging process, many black patients will come in for minimally invasive procedures such as Botox® injections for hyperactive facial muscles. In addition, softening of the line between the cheek and mouth (naso-labial folds) can be accomplished with Cymetra®, Dermalogen®, or Juvederm®.
Skin care is important for black patients in order to help reduce possible dark spots and premature wrinkling of the skin. Daily use of a sunscreen is also a must. While skin cancers are rare, they can occur.
Microdermabrasion and glycolic peels are generally well tolerated. If deeper treatments such as dermabrasion or laser resurfacing are to be performed, the patient may be placed on a bleaching agent such as hydroquinone for 4-6 weeks prior to the procedure to help reduce pigmentation changes afterwards. These procedures can successfully soften scarring from acne, fine wrinkles, or dark circles under the eyes.
Tattoo removal can be very challenging due to the minimal contrast between the tattoo pigment and the black skin. However certain laser treatments can yield improvement.
Aging around the upper eyelid area can be treated with a blepharoplasty. This procedure involves the removal of excess tissue with a small scar along the upper eyelid crease. The eyelid skin is the thinnest skin on the body and heals very quickly. Puffiness underneath the eyes can be treated by placing an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid and removal of the fatty deposits. If excess lower eyelid skin is present, an external incision will allow tightening of the skin and removal of the puffy, fatty tissue.
Rhinoplasty, or cosmetic surgery of the nose, for the black patient often involves narrowing the tip to reduce the rounded ball at the end of the nose, while also building up the bridge. The exact goals of surgery will vary from patient to patient. Typically, the base of the nose may require narrowing of the nostrils to help give the patient the desired refinement. The surgeon can reinforce the tip during the surgery to help prevent drooping later in life.
A beautiful face is one in which all features are in proportion and balance. For this reason, the position of the chin is important. A weak chin can be strengthened with a chin implant or a genioplasty (sliding the chin bone forward). Chin implants are very popular and can be placed through a small incision on the inside of the mouth or under the chin. Many of the implants are made of a hard Silastic® material.
Fullness of the face under the chin and along the jawline may be treated with facial liposuction. A small incision about a centimeter long is placed behind each earlobe and under the chin. The fat may be fibrous or thick requiring direct excision under the chin to achieve the desired look. Because black skin is thick, liposuction may be a viable alternative for some patients in their late forties. When there is a definite excess of skin, a facelift will help soften the tired look. To help soften a round face, a small incision can be made on the inside of the mouth and the buccal fat pads can be removed.
Cosmetic surgery of the lip generally involves making them smaller; however, augmentation may be appropriate for some. Prior to reducing the lip, it is important to look at the position of the chin. If the chin is weak, the lips may appear too overpowering. However, with a balanced chin, the lips may look appropriate. If the lips are too large, a reduction can be performed by removing a portion of the lip. The incision is in the inside of the lip and is generally not visible after healing is complete. Patients may experience tightness of the lip area for four to six weeks after the procedure.
Candidates for African American Cosmetic Surgery
The best way to find out if you are a candidate for African American cosmetic surgery is to meet with Dr. Maloney for a consultation. Dr. Maloney can help you decide if cosmetic surgery is right for you. Before and after pictures can also help demonstrate possible effects and the surgeon’s technique.
Benefits of African American Cosmetic Surgery
Generally, the goal of cosmetic surgery for African American patients is to create refinement and enhancement while preserving their ethnicity. Black skin has many unique qualities which can be enhanced through cosmetic surgery to help patients achieve their goals.
How Much Does African American Cosmetic Surgery Cost in Atlanta?
The Maloney Center currently works with CareCredit® to provide our patients with convenient financing options. Within a few hours of applying, you can be pre-approved for your cosmetic procedures. We also accept the following major credit cards: Visa®, MasterCard®, and Discover®.
If you are ready to explore your options in facial plastic surgery, check out our African American cosmetic surgery before and after photos to see examples of the types of results you could achieve.
Dr. Maloney is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He specializes in facial plastic surgery procedures.
Additional Ethnic Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Include:
- Asian Cosmetic Surgery
The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery understands that your face is the first thing people notice about you. Dr. Maloney and his staff use their experience, compassion, and artistry to provide personalized care and state-of-the-art facial plastic surgery treatments and procedures to the residents of Atlanta, Sandy Springs, the surrounding communities in Georgia, and patients from around the world for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction.