Cultural and Ethnic Differences in the Acceptance or Rejection of Liposuction Instrumentation Entrance Marks

January 2007 | Volume 6 | Issue 1 | Original Article | 56 | Copyright © January 2007

Lawrence M. Field MD FIACS

The acceptance of visible marks on the skin as a result of surgical procedures varies by the necessity of the procedure (ie, cosmetic or not) and by the cultural interpretation of those sequelae. As liposuction has become the most commonly performed major cosmetic procedure in the US, and perhaps throughout the world, the visible stigmata resulting from the surgical invasion may be of major consequence to some while they remain of little or no consequence to others. This article explores the national, cultural, racial, and ethnic variations in the acceptance or rejection of visible marks on the skin in several parts of world.