Who do you prefer? A study of public preferences for health care provider type in performing cutaneous surgery and cosmetic procedures in the United States

Haider K. Bangash, Omar A. Ibrahimi, Lawrence J. Green, Murad Alam, Daniel B. Eisen, April W. Armstrong

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BACKGROUND: The public preference for provider type in performing cutaneous surgery and cosmetic procedures is unknown in the United States. METHODS: An internet-based survey was administered to the lay public. Respondents were asked to select the health care provider (dermatologist, plastic surgeon, primary care physician, general surgeon, and nurse practitioner/physician's assistant) they mostly prefer to perform different cutaneous cosmetic and surgical procedures. RESULTS: Three hundred fifty-four respondents undertook the survey. Dermatologists were identified as the most preferable health care provider to evaluate and biopsy worrisome lesions on the face (69.8%), perform skin cancer surgery on the back (73.4%), perform skin cancer surgery on the face (62.7%), and perform laser procedures (56.3%) by most of the respondents. For filler injections, the responders similarly identified plastic surgeons and dermatologists (47.3% vs 44.6%, respectively) as the most preferred health care provider. For botulinum toxin injections, there was a slight preference for plastic surgeons followed by dermatologists (50.6% vs 38.4%). Plastic surgeons were the preferred health care provider for procedures such as liposuction (74.4%) and face-lift surgery (96.1%) by most of the respondents. CONCLUSION: Dermatologists are recognized as the preferred health care providers over plastic surgeons, primary care physicians, general surgeons, and nurse practitioners/physician's assistants to perform a variety of cutaneous cosmetic and surgical procedures including skin cancer surgery, on the face and body, and laser procedures. The general public expressed similar preferences for dermatologists and plastic surgeons regarding filler injections.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages671-678
Number of pages8
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Dermatologic Surgical Procedures
Cosmetics
Health Personnel
Public Health
Skin Neoplasms
Physician Assistants
Nurse Practitioners
Primary Care Physicians
General Practitioners
Injections
Lasers
Rhytidoplasty
Lipectomy
Botulinum Toxins
Surgeons
Internet
Surveys and Questionnaires
Dermatologists
Biopsy

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  • Dermatology
  • Surgery

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Bangash, Haider K. ; Ibrahimi, Omar A. ; Green, Lawrence J. ; Alam, Murad ; Eisen, Daniel B. ; Armstrong, April W./ Who do you prefer? A study of public preferences for health care provider type in performing cutaneous surgery and cosmetic procedures in the United States. In: Dermatologic Surgery. 2014 ; Vol. 40, No. 6. pp. 671-678
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