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Two-thirds of the Spanish who undergo cosmetic surgery do not know the qualification of their doctor

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As for the most demanded interventions after the summer, breast augmentation and liposuction occupy the top positions, according to the survey, with 26.31 and 20.92 percent of the total respectively.
Only 34.83 percent of Spaniards who undergo a cosmetic surgery intervention are informed of the qualification of the doctor that will be performed, according to data from a study of the Spanish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SECPRE) , who regrets this data despite the “repeated warnings” that are made about the “strong intrusion” in this specialty.
The work was based on a survey conducted between July and August to a sample of one thousand plastic surgeons from all over Spain, all of whom hold the official and approved qualification qualifying them as such.

“The intrusion has to do with the fact that a doctor who finishes the degree, to this day, in Spain, can perform any type of medical or surgical procedure. It does not act against the law, but it does not act in an inadequate way, “according to the president of SECPRE, Carlos del Cacho.
The study also shows that 16.48 percent of cosmetic surgery interventions performed annually by Spanish plastic surgeons are aimed at correcting previous interventions that were defective or of poor quality after being performed in centers or by inadequate professionals.

“This complicates the new interventions from the clinical point of view, it leads to evident emotional disturbances for the patients and supposes an extra cost, either for them or for the National Health System (NHS)”, added Ana Jiménez, general secretary of the society.

The study also analyzed the time of year with the greatest demand for surgical-esthetic interventions in Spain, which is usually spring according to 66 percent of the respondents, compared to 27 percent who say they experience their May “peak activity” between the autumn and winter. In contrast, only 7 percent have more patients interested in summer than in the rest of the year.


As for the most demanded interventions after the summer, breast augmentation and liposuction occupy the top positions, according to the survey, with 26.31 and 20.92 percent of the total respectively.

Abdominoplasty – the removal of excess skin and abdominal fat and the correction of muscle flaccidity – showed the most outstanding growth compared to a similar survey conducted in 2014, when it was in seventh position.

Abdominoplasty is usually performed on patients who have experienced a large weight gain and, either through surgical interventions, such as bariatric surgery, by following a diet or by continuing practice of physical exercise, have subsequently lost it, as well as women which have had several pregnancies.

The fourth place is for blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, followed by breast lift, rhinoplasty or nose surgery and breast reduction.


And non-surgical facial rejuvenation – mainly the fillings with hyaluronic acid and the application of botulinum toxin – is above body contour surgery, which comes to be the combination of several interventions such as liposuction, lifting of arms and thighs , or the facial ‘facelift’.

Otoplasty or corrective surgery of the ears, genital surgery and others that, because they represent very small percentages, are grouped for statistical purposes, they close the ranking.

The survey also analyzes the motivations of patients to undergo these interventions, asking about the influence of celebrities and social networks, especially the phenomenon ‘selfie’.

However, only 4.99 percent of those polled say they receive requests from those who come to their offices to modify a physical feature and make it look like a celebrity. In contrast, 10.15 percent use a plastic surgeon influenced by the mass dissemination of self-images and the consequent opinion of other people.

Source: granadadigital .es

Date: 09-15-2017

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