Appreciating and understanding ethnic and cultural diversity in aesthetics and the need to take those differences into account when it comes to celebrating individual beauty across the spectrum is a trend spreading across the globe. Greater emphasis is being given to the impact that genetic and phenotypic diversity in people of color has on the aging process, and thus, the need to tailor treatments to address these differences in facial aging.
Dermatologist Sahar Ghannam, M.D., Ph.D., gives the example of differences in facial aging in Middle Eastern ethnicities. Caucasian phenotypes with thinner skin have a tendency to develop wrinkles and fine lines. According to Dr. Ghannam, in comparison, the heavier face and thicker skin typical of middle eastern ethnicities, comprised of a more compact dermis, does not develop as many wrinkles. Instead, sagging occurs in the face and eyelids tend to grow heavier and begin to droop. These differences in facial aging require different approaches to facial rejuvenation treatments that cater to the specific ethnic aging characteristics being treated, addressing facial sagging in this case as opposed to fine lines and wrinkles.
In our recent survey which asked, Do you want to learn how to address variations in facial aging for different ethnic phenotypes? 83% of readers said yes and 17% said no.
Considering the increased interest in how to improve medical aesthetic treatment outcomes for people of color and the fundamental differences in how skin and facial structure ages in patients of color that need to be taken into account, learning how to address variations in facial aging is vital to providing optimal care for patients of different ethnicities. Here are seven informative MedEsthetics articles to help you do just that.
- The 5 Global Industry Trends Set to Transform the Aesthetics Empire
- 6 Recent Insights Into Treatment Innovations for Skin of Color [Survey Results]
- Unlock the Potential of Laser for Diverse Skin with Aerolase Neo Elite
- Ablative Lasers vs. Non-ablative Lasers for Safely & Efficacy When Treating Skin of Color
- Using Anatomy to Assess Periorbital Rejuvenation
- Facial Shape as a Guide in Planning Injectable Treatments
- Determining the Ideal Anthropometric Measurements in Asian Eyes
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