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July 1987

The Plastic Surgery ControversyWhy the Fuss?

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New Orleans

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(7):709. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860070023008

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Abstract

Several years ago, Psychology Today surveyed its readers to determine how satisfied they were with various parts of their bodies: 62 000 people returned their questionnaires—a sizable sample, indeed.

If the percentages of feature dissatisfaction are converted to current population figures in the United States, it will be found that 60 million Americans are dissatisfied with their noses, 30 million do not like their chins, 6 million do not like their eyes, 6 million do not like their ears, 50 million do not like their hair, and 60 million do not like their complexion.

Presently, if one assumes that 3000 general plastic surgeons and 3000 otolaryngologists perform cosmetic nasal surgery, it is possible to derive some interesting calculations. If each surgeon performed only two rhinoplasties daily, or 500 each year, both groups could accommodate only 3 million of the 60 million people who are dissatisfied with the size, shape, etc,

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