Types of Cosmetic Procedures Requested by Different Types of Patients and the Reasons for These Preferences

Amanda Maisel, Abigail Waldman, Emily Poon, Murad Alam*

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BACKGROUNDThe type of cosmetic dermatologic procedures patients' desire may be influenced by demographic factors.OBJECTIVETo better understand the type of cosmetic procedures requested by patients of different age, gender, education, race, and geographic location. To understand the most common motivations of patients who requested particular types of treatments.MATERIALS AND METHODSMulticenter data from the Cosmetic Motivation Database were analyzed. Bivariable analyses and linear regressions were undertaken to determine whether patient demographic features were associated with particular procedures of interest.RESULTSPatients younger than 45 years were more interested in acne scar treatment, laser hair removal, liposuction, and tattoo removal. Older patients were more likely to want soft-tissue fillers and wrinkles and jowls tightening treatment. Non-White patients were more likely to be interested in laser hair removal, liposuction, cellulite treatment, and tattoo removal. Types of procedures desired varied by the geographic region but not by the educational level. Different motivations drove patients who wanted different types of treatments.CONCLUSIONDifferent types of patients demand different types of cosmetic treatments, and the motivations of patients who ask for particular procedures also differ. Better understanding of patient preferences may help physicians allocate resources and meet patient needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1728-1732
Number of pages5
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Surgery


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