Beauty Doesn't Mean Sacrificing Cultural Heritage, Says Dr. J

In light of Julie Chen's recent blepharoplasty revelation spurring dialogue around race and plastic surgery, the search for a compassionate doctor like Payam Jarrah-Nejad, MD, FICS, FACS who respects ethnic background in his work is more important than ever.

Sep 23, 2013, 20:24 ET from Dr. Payam Jarrah-Nejad

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A consultation with the best plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills is more than a perfunctory sit down; with Payam Jarrah-Nejad, MD, FACS, these meetings are a chance to openly and compassionately discuss every important aspect of cosmetic surgery. Dr. J, as his patients and staff call him, will answer all questions and make recommendations based on the patient's unique physicality. For instance, he prefers the fat transfer buttock augmentation known as the Brazilian Butt Lift to hard, synthetic silicone butt implants in Los Angeles. Mental readiness for surgery is also assessed; Dr. J's calm and assuring bedside manner helps patients open up about why they are seeking a transformation and how best to handle the changes the procedure will yield. For many women and men, this discussion will revolve around respecting their ethnic heritage.

Dr. J understands that plastic surgery is a tool to help patients feel better about themselves and their appearance; deciding to have a procedure to enhance one's look, however, doesn't have to come at the cost of altering the patient's ethnic background. This is most often seen through Dr. J's extremely successful rhinoplasty procedures.

A one-size-fits-all approach to rhinoplasty, which often leads to the tiny button nose result across the board, has become associated with bad plastic surgery. Preserving a person's individual ethnic background while correcting, enhancing and reshaping the nose is what sets the exceptional expert Dr. J apart from cookie-cutter surgeons. As a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Dr. J's work focuses on the inherent beauty of a patient's unique facial structure. This, of course, requires upholding individual cultural standards of beauty, whether the patient is of Mediterranean, African, Middle Eastern, or Asian descent. In fact, Dr. J has performed a fair amount of revision procedures following a rhinoplasty elsewhere which didn't respect these specific aesthetic sensibilities.

Similar issues were brought to national prominence most recently when Julie Chen announced on the Talk that she had had an Asian blepharoplasty (eye lid surgery) early in her career in response to pressure from her former bosses. While Dr. J doesn't think any woman should have to change her appearance to succeed, he does understand that women will often feel more confident in every avenue of their lives following a plastic surgery procedure. Furthermore, Dr. J wants to remind readers that there's nothing inherently "un-Asian" about the upper eyelid crease, which appears naturally in many people of Asian descent. The same is the case when it comes to Dr. J's ethnic rhinoplasty procedures; most often, Dr. J isn't making a patient's nose "more Caucasian," he is simply enhancing a patient's existing structure, often creating features that are found in other family members of the patient.

Dr. J encourages patients to bring up their feelings about plastic surgery and culture during his consultations. He explains his own point of view on the subject and shows examples of his past results, thusly navigating the tricky field of ethnic rhinoplasty with success. Dr. J wants his patients to feel confident in his abilities because this makes them more mentally prepared for the physical changes they will undergo, and less stress will also help during the recovery period.

For more information about Dr. J and his gifted surgical touch, schedule a free consultation by calling 310-228-3151 or by visiting

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