Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery...In Brief

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Arlington Heights, IL (Vocus) November 24, 2009

Yes, Plastic Surgeons Have Plastic Surgery Too

A new study reveals that many plastic surgeons are also patients, when it comes to going ‘under the knife.’ In order to better understand the thoughts and attitudes that plastic surgeons have about having cosmetic surgery, themselves, researchers from Denver, Colorado conducted a random sample survey of ASPS Members and candidate members. The survey included questions regarding interest in both minimally invasive and surgical procedures, selection of facility type, type of surgeon, and satisfaction level.

Of the 276 responses, 62% of plastic surgeons reported having undergone at least one type of minimally invasive procedure. Female plastic surgeons reported having significantly more minimally invasive procedures than their male counterparts, and Botox was the most popular minimally invasive procedure, followed by laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, soft tissue filler, chemical peel, laser treatment of leg veins, and laser skin resurfacing. Additionally, approximately one-third of the respondents reported having undergone at least one surgical procedure, the most common of which was liposuction.

Results showed that male plastic surgeons were more likely to have a procedure compared with men in the general population, and more than half of the respondents went to a surgeon with which they had a previous relationship. The authors conclude that this survey provides some insight on an interesting topic which, to their knowledge, has not been covered before. This study appears in the December 2009 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

By The Numbers:

  • According to this study, 62% of surveyed plastic surgeons underwent at least one minimally invasive procedure and about 30% underwent at least one surgical procedure.
  • More than 12 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2008, according to ASPS statistics.
  • More than 245,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2008, according to ASPS statistics.
  • More than 5 million Botox treatments were administered in 2008, according to ASPS statistics.

What Would Female Plastic Surgeons Choose, If Faced with Reconstruction?
Female plastic surgeons are well suited to make a personal choice regarding breast reconstruction options, based on their knowledge of the procedures and first-hand experience with the results. As such, researchers from Rochester, New York surveyed all board-certified female plastic surgeons in the US and Canada to determine this group's personal views on various modalities of breast reconstruction and to ascertain which types of reconstruction they would choose, if faced with such a decision.

Of the 143 returned responses, 66% chose implant-based reconstruction, 25% chose autologous reconstruction, and 9% chose no reconstruction. Those who chose autologous reconstruction most commonly cited cosmetic outcome as the most important factor in their decision, while those who chose either implant-based or no reconstruction most commonly cited invasiveness of the procedure/recovery time as the most important factor.

The authors contend that, because both autologous and implant-based procedures have been proven safe and effective, women often rely on surgeon advice and preference when making their reconstructive decisions. Therefore, they suggest that women should be encouraged to ask their female plastic surgeons which option they would choose for themselves, as this could provide a beneficial aid in making the most informed decision. This study appears in the December 2009 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

By The Numbers:

  • According to this study, 66% of respondents chose implant-based reconstruction, 25% chose autologous reconstruction, and 9% chose no reconstruction.
  • Nearly 80,000 breast reconstruction procedures were performed in 2008, according to ASPS statistics.

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