Facial Plastic Surgeons Go Under the Knife at 30x Compared to Public, New Study Finds

Do Facial Plastic Surgeons practice what they preach?

Jordan P. Sand, M.D., F.A.C.S.

In the first survey of its kind, Dr. Jordan Sand, of Sand Plastic Surgery, co-authored a survey of facial plastic surgeons about their personal use of facial plastic surgery procedures and found far higher utilization than the public at large.

Facial plastic surgeons - a specialty within the field of plastic surgery focused solely on the face - choose to receive minimally-invasive procedures, like botox and fillers, at a rate of 75% (every 3 out of 4 surgeons). Compare that to between 4-10% of the general public who use minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures.

And for surgical procedures - like rhinoplasty, facelift, etc. - facial plastic surgeons opt in at 34%, whereas the public at large is estimated to go under the knife at a mere 1%.

"It's all about the safety and efficacy of these procedures, particularly the surgical options," says Dr. Sand.

Among those who had any cosmetic surgery:

  • Rhinoplasty was most common (44%)
  • Upper blepharoplasty (31%)
  • Lower blepharoplasty (28%)

So what do facial plastic surgeons know that John and Jane Q don't? Dr. Sand says that surgeons' expert knowledge of and access to the procedures plays a part, as well as an understanding of the safety of anesthesia. But Sand also suggests that surgeons could lack the anxiety many ordinary people feel about potential pain and negative results from cosmetic procedures.

Nevertheless as more younger people are going under the knife or needle than ever before, maybe Millennials and Gen. Z are figuring out what Facial Plastic Surgeons already know.


Jordan P. Sand, M.D., F.A.C.S. practices at Sand Plastic Surgery in Spokane, WA and specializes in rhinoplasty, hair restoration, facial rejuvenation, skin resurfacing, facial reconstruction and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments including FaceTite, Botox®, Restylane® and Juvederm®. Dr. Sand is double board-certified and fellowship-trained, with a career that has spanned University of California, Los Angeles, Washington University, Harvard and University of Washington.

Source: Sand Plastic Surgery