Growth in Cosmetic Surgery and the Immigrant Population

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Healthcare Management


Healthcare Leadership

First Advisor

Maria Creavin


Cosmetic surgery


Cosmetic surgery has seen significant growth within the last 10 years within the United States. The purpose of this project is to determine if the increase in acceptance of and demand of cosmetic surgery within the Washington Metropolitan area can be traced to the immigrant population. This paper looks at two culturally accepting societies of cosmetic surgery, Brazil and South Korea. A survey was conducted in a local plastic and reconstructive surgery office of patients who have selected and undergone cosmetic surgery. The results were inconclusive on ethnicity's influence, but did show that within the Washington Metropolitan area, there is a strong correlation between discussing cosmetic surgery and believing that cosmetic surgery is acceptable.

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