Why Aren't There More Women Plastic Surgeons?

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Per a report from the the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, women made up 92 percent of all plastic surgery patients in 2018, yet in another study published by the American Medical Association and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the proportion of female plastic surgeons remained at a steady 12-13 percent from 2000 to 2013. According to Dr.

Trying to find your way in a competitive industry like plastic surgery makes burnout and exhaustion inevitable, not just because of the amount of education and training it requires, but also because the women who do try and break into the field feel like they have to work twice as hard to get even a fraction of the recognition as men.

There’s been a surge in demand for plastic surgery in the last month, and though studies are showing that Americans’ overall attitudes toward going under the knife are changing, one thing that remains the same — and has for nearly two decades — is the lack of women performing some of today’s most popular procedures.

This also creates a "chicken-or-egg" dilemma: The lack of women plastic surgeons makes it difficult for aspiring female surgeons to find female mentors, which can often be discouraging.

Tanya Judge of Judge MD Plastic Surgery Clinic in San Francisco, the lack of gender diversity in plastic surgery has a lot to do with the field generally being a "boys club" that’s difficult to break into.

"There are two paths to plastic surgery: either you find a six-year plastic surgery program directly out of medical school or you take the long route, which I did, that includes five years of general surgery followed by three years of plastic surgery," Judge said.

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