New Study: Americans Have Superior Trust in Facial Plastic Surgeons

September 2008/ AAFPRS/

Most Americans are picky when it comes to their faces. Results from a recent study commissioned by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reveals that the vast majority of prospective patients look for the experience of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon over general plastic surgeons when it comes to plastic surgery for their faces.

As shown by the new study, most Americans prefer the expertise and advanced skill set of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons when it comes to choosing the right doctor for their specific needs. Facial plastic surgeons specialize in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck. It is this sub-specialization that convinces about 80 percent of Americans to trust their faces to this group of highly trained surgeon. The study included Americans ranging in age from 18 to 64. These prospective patients feel that facial plastic surgeons are more qualified for cosmetic treatments of their faces than general plastic surgeons.

Today, Americans research more thoroughly than ever who is the most qualified surgeon when it comes to procedures such as a facelift, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) or nose reshaping (rhinoplasty). In addition, even non-invasive procedures such as filler injections or Botox® treatments have been publicized to potentially go wrong. With a surge of surgeons and non-surgeon physicians interested in offering cosmetic treatments, Americans understand that it is more important today than ever to make an informed decision when considering an elective facial procedure.

The board certification process in facial and reconstructive plastic surgery is lengthy and rigorous. After spending one year in general surgery, facial plastic surgeons have to complete a four year specialized residency in Head and Neck Surgery which includes Facial Plastic Surgery. In addition, most modern facial plastic surgeons undergo an additional AAFPRS sponsored fellowship exclusively focusing on Facial Plastic Surgery.

The AAFPRS offers the following suggestions to aid people in making an educated decision when selecting the right physician for their individual needs:

  • Do thorough research. Ensure that the surgeon’s expertise and your wishes match.
  • Talk to one or more prospective surgeon to find the right one for you. Surgeons, just like all people, vary in their experience, personalities, approaches and motivations.

Eighty three percent of women would trust their faces in the hands of a facial plastic surgeon; 78 percent of men would. The remainder of the people questioned has either no preference or would prefer a general plastic surgeon to do the procedures.

The AAFPRS Study was performed by Kelton Research. Using Random Digit Dialing of both listed and unlisted numbers, the results ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population ages 18 to 64.

SOURCE: The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)