Health: Ethnic Makeovers

As more nonwhites get cosmetic surgery, one nose no longer fits all

Chareese Hayes wanted a new nose. She thought hers made her look "like a character in an old Italian movie." But she didn't want one that was "pointy" or that would make her "look white." So when the 36-year-old African-American software engineer started shopping for a plastic surgeon to do her rhinoplasty, or nose job, she chose from a growing number of doctors who specialize in changing the look of minority patients without erasing their ethnic identity.

The number of nonwhite Americans opting for cosmetic surgery quadrupled between 1997 and 2002, to more than 1 million a year, according to the...

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