Patient preference: Male vs female surgeons
While most women interested in cosmetic surgery do not have a gender preference when choosing a surgeon, more than one-quarter do have a preference. And those that do have a gender preference overwhelmingly prefer a female surgeon, according to a new study.
A private practice with a female plastic surgeon and male plastic surgeon (closely matched in training, experience and reputation) did a prospective study, surveying 200 consecutive patients. The patients called for consultations and two patient coordinators fielded the calls, asking for and documenting callers’ gender preferences, ages and area of cosmetic surgery interest.
What Researchers Found
All 200 patients were women. While 46% indicated they had no gender preference, 26% requested a female surgeon and 1% requested a male.
The 27% remaining asked for a doctor by name, of whom 53.7% requested the male surgeon, a statistically insignificantly greater percentage.
Patients interested in body surgery were least likely to have a gender preference, with 16.67% asking for a female doctor. But nearly 25% of those interested in breast and face procedures preferred a female surgeon. Patients interested in genital procedures did not request either a male surgeon or the practice’s male surgeon by name, but half preferred a female surgeon and 16% asked for the female surgeon in the practice by name.