The first reason is that there are more surgeons in general who are men. While there are many women in Medicine (Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, OB/GYN etc.) women are less well represented in the surgical field. To become a surgeon you must undergo additional schooling and be accepted into a surgical department where the competition is especially fierce to be given access to practice. While there are women who are willing to become surgeons, it is an exhausting profession which offers less psychic satisfaction than other fields in medicine.
Second reason, is that there are a lot of women who prefer men to be their cosmetic surgeons. Men are perceived as more confident and authoritative during cosmetic surgery interviews and makes the woman feel more comfortable and secure about her surgical provider. While women surgeons commonly claim on their websites that being a woman helps them understand their patients more, it is not clear that women particularly care about their feelings being understood rather than feel confident in their surgeon to produce the outcome they want. If you are a cosmetic surgery candidate, you are likely dealing with a certain amount of self-doubt and wanting a strong male presence to totally take you away from your dilemma can seem alluring.
According to A Billion Wicked Thoughts, a book written by Google engineers who have gone through our collective internet search history and uncovered our truest thoughts, Surgeon is one of the top 5 most common sexual fantasies for women within romance novels. While I am not a woman, I can imagine that part of their appeal is because their fantasy surgeon is authoritative, educated and competent. Many of these traits that may be considered attractive in men are perceived in women as being bitchy and cold even by other women .
Now that we have established that, I have noticed female surgeons have tended to specialize in just one or a few areas within cosmetic surgery while men commonly claim to be excellent at everything(which is impossible).
Unlike their male counterparts, women surgeons tend to be much more humble about their skills as a surgeon and specialize according to their niche. (Just like their patients, women understand and experience self doubt.) During my time as a Medical Travel Facilitator, it has been annoying talking to male surgeons about what procedures they are most competent in (usually the most advanced and expensive) because they like to talk about how many great things they have accomplished. If your procedure is very specific (i.e. removing fat on your torso after child-birth) you can commonly find more guidance and assistance from a female surgeon who understands deeply their niche procedure and specializes in this niche.
Second, to survive as a woman and getting through the additional steps to become a surgeon is a very difficult endeavour especially when you are one of the few women in your program, and even more true overseas which have more traditional stances with regard to gender roles. It would be a mistake to discount the experience she had to go through to become a recognized surgeon because her road has been tougher than a male in an equivalent position. Often our preconceived notions of what makes a great surgeon blind us to making the best possible decision for ourselves.
If you are searching for an appropriate cosmetic surgeon for your needs, I think you are doing yourself a disservice my searching only for those cosmetic surgeons who appear to be confident and competent. Much of the false bravado that is ascribed to surgeons may better be placed in a female surgeon who is more humble and has a deep understanding of the procedure they are doing.
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