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Mar/Apr 2013

Coming Face to Face With Our Own Bias

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Chicago Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Chicago, Illinois; Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Illinois at Chicago; School of New Learning, DePaul University, Chicago; and DeNova Research, Chicago.

Correspondence: Dr Dayan, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 N Michigan Ave, Ste 923 E, Chicago, IL 60611 (sdayan@drdayan.com).

Author Affiliations: Chicago Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Chicago, Illinois; Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Illinois at Chicago; School of New Learning, DePaul University, Chicago; and DeNova Research, Chicago.

Correspondence: Dr Dayan, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 N Michigan Ave, Ste 923 E, Chicago, IL 60611 (sdayan@drdayan.com).

JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2013;15(2):78-79. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2013.630

“Doctor, I thought I wanted plastic surgery, but my friend just had a face-lift and she looks so strange. Now, I am sure I will never have plastic surgery. Besides, I can always tell when someone had something done. It never looks right. I want to look natural.”

This is often heard in our offices multiple times a day and is not merely limited to surgery. Expressionless foreheads, overstuffed cheeks, and expanding lips hurt us all. While we can try to deposit blame on a few bad apples exercising poor judgment or out-of-field practitioners performing misguided treatments, maybe we should take a closer look at our current training modicums and state of affairs. Could there be an inherent bias within our core specialties deviating toward the unnatural?

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