Original Article

IJMDC. 2019; 3(9): 51-54

Public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country

Authors: Abdulrahman Abdullah Alsalim, Abdulaziz Alotaibi, Faisal Alhabradi, Salah Aldekhayel.

ABSTRACT

Background: The role of plastic surgery as a specialty may not be clearly understood by the public, making it difficult to distinguish from other medical specialties. The objective of the current study was to explore the public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Saudi Arabia through an online survey, which was developed and distributed to the Saudi public through social media over the period of two months (October - November 2017). Participants were asked to match 12 medical and surgical procedures to the most qualified specialist to perform the procedure. Results: A total of 4842 participants responded to the survey. Females comprised 75% of the respondents. The age distribution was as follows: age <21 years (20%), 21-24 years (36%), 25-40 years (40%), 41-54 years (3%), and age >55 years (1%). The majority had a college degree (57%). The proportion of respondents who ranked plastic surgeons as the most qualified in performing the following procedures: rhinoplasty (39%), mandible fracture (5%), blepharoplasty (78%), cleft lip surgery (61%), thumb replantation (29%), hand/finger fracture (6%), rhytidectomy (83%), breast reconstruction (89%), breast augmentation (97%), open leg wound (24%), open wound on the face (54%), and botulinum toxin injections (61%). Plastic surgeons ranked highest in the following 7 of the 12 domains: blepharoplasty, cleft lip and palate surgery, rhytidectomy, breast reconstruction, breast augmentation, treatment of open wound of the face and botulinum toxin injections. Conclusion: Large gaps in public education about the roles of plastic surgeons exist which may warrant more effective societal interventions.

Keywords:
Public Perception; Plastic Surgery; Rapidly Growing Developing Country; Saudi Arabia


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Public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country


Authors
Abdulrahman Abdullah Alsalim
College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulaziz Alotaibi
College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Faisal Alhabradi
College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Salah Aldekhayel
College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, King Abdulaziz Medical City - NGHA, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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. College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; alsalim021@ksau-hs.edu.sa

Publication history
Received 29 Apr 2019
Accepted 26 Jun 2019
Published online 21 Jul 2019
Published in print 15 Aug 2019

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Alsalim AA, Alotaibi A, Alhabradi F, Aldekhayel S. Public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country. IJMDC. 2019; 3(9): 51-54. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1555691462


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Alsalim AA, Alotaibi A, Alhabradi F, Aldekhayel S. Public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=44446 [Access: September 23, 2019]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1555691462


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Alsalim AA, Alotaibi A, Alhabradi F, Aldekhayel S. Public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country. IJMDC. 2019; 3(9): 51-54. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1555691462


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Alsalim AA, Alotaibi A, Alhabradi F, Aldekhayel S. Public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country. IJMDC. (2019), [cited September 23, 2019]; 3(9): 51-54. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1555691462


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Alsalim, A. A., Alotaibi, . A., Alhabradi, . F. & Aldekhayel, . S. (2019) Public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country. IJMDC, 3 (9), 51-54. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1555691462


Turabian Style

Alsalim, Abdulrahman Abdullah, Abdulaziz Alotaibi, Faisal Alhabradi, and Salah Aldekhayel. 2019. Public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (9), 51-54. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1555691462


Chicago Style

Alsalim, Abdulrahman Abdullah, Abdulaziz Alotaibi, Faisal Alhabradi, and Salah Aldekhayel. "Public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3 (2019), 51-54. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1555691462


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alsalim, Abdulrahman Abdullah, Abdulaziz Alotaibi, Faisal Alhabradi, and Salah Aldekhayel. "Public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3.9 (2019), 51-54. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1555691462


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Alsalim, A. A., Alotaibi, . A., Alhabradi, . F. & Aldekhayel, . S. (2019) Public perception of plastic surgery in a rapidly growing developing country. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (9), 51-54. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1555691462


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