11 September 2008

A new study commissioned by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reveals that many Americans who choose to undergo facial cosmetic surgery carefully select the surgeon that will perform the work.

A majority of those anticipating plastic surgery spend time researching different surgeons and choose one based on experience and with AAFPRS certification, rather than general practitioners. According to the survey, 80 per cent of Americans trust their facial surgeries to the expertise and experience of a surgeon specialising in cosmetic surgery of the head, face and neck over one who practices generally.

According to the research, people aged between 18 and 64 believe that specialised surgeons are more qualified to treat certain areas than general surgeons, who offer procedures generally rather than specialising in specific areas.

News stories, magazine articles and television programmes depicting surgeries that have gone wrong are some of the possible culprits for an increased awareness in the importance of choosing a surgeon in an informed manner, with many people opting for AAFPRS-certified practitioners.

The AAFPRS certifies surgeons only after completion of a four year residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, in which Facial Plastic Surgery is included. An additional fellowship year is also available to surgeons on completing the residency, which could further boost public trust in their abilities.

The survey also revealed that 85 per cent of adult Americans would undergo facial cosmetic surgery if they had the chance. 26 per cent said they would opt for an eye lift, 21 per cent admitted wanting neck surgery and 13 per cent would prefer a facelift.

Chin augmentation was chosen by seven per cent of the survey's participants, while three per cent of those questioned opted for lip surgery as their treatment of choice.