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Do Plastic Surgeons Have Cosmetic Surgery?

Gurunluoglu, Raffi, M.D., Ph.D.; Gurunluoglu, Aslin, M.S.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: December 2009 - Volume 124 - Issue 6 - p 2161-2169
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181bd0745

Background: Thoughts and attitudes of plastic surgeons about having cosmetic surgery on themselves remain obscure for the most part and pose an attractive subject to study.

Materials and Methods: A survey was distributed to a random sample of 2635 American Society of Plastic Surgeons member and candidate member surgeons to determine plastic surgeons’ interest in both minimally invasive cosmetic procedures and cosmetic surgical procedures, selection of facility type, selection of surgeon, and their satisfaction level.

Results: There were 276 responses. Sixty-two percent of the plastic surgeons had undergone at least one type of minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. Female plastic surgeons had significantly more minimally invasive cosmetic procedures compared with male plastic surgeons (84.9 versus 57 percent; p < 0.05). The most common procedure was botulinum toxin type A injection (31.5 percent). Approximately one-third of plastic surgeons had at least one type of cosmetic surgery. The most common cosmetic surgical procedure was liposuction of the trunk and/or extremity (18.6 percent). Male plastic surgeons were more likely to have a procedure than men in the general population, and female plastic surgeons were less likely to have breast augmentation than the general population. The percentage of operations conducted by a plastic surgeon was 88.2 percent. The percentage performed by a nationally known surgeon was 45.3 percent; 75.9 percent of plastic surgeons selected a surgeon who was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The satisfaction rate was 90 percent.

Conclusions: The survey provides insight on the stance of American Society of Plastic Surgeons member and candidate member surgeons on the subject. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first survey designed for this purpose.

Denver, Colo.

From the Denver Health Medical Center, University of Colorado Health Sciences, and Psychology and Management of Education.

Received for publication February 27, 2009; accepted June 18, 2009.

Disclosure:No financial support or benefits have been received by the authors of the present study. No commercial association exists; no financial disclosure is necessary.

Raffi Gurunluoglu, M.D., Ph.D., Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Denver Health Medical Center, 777 Bannock Street, Denver, Colo. 80204,

©2009American Society of Plastic Surgeons