DALLAS, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Female doctors in the United States spend more time with their patients, talk with them more, establish more emotional rapport, and involve patients more in their treatment than male physicians, says a meta-analysis by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and Northeastern University in Boston.
"The most important consequence of the difference is what it inspires in patients responding back to the doctor," said lead author Dr. Debra Roter a public health specialist at Johns Hopkins. "They are more forthcoming, they talk about sensitive topics, and the physician gains more information. The medical dialogue is two way."
Several other studies have shown that female doctors tend to be more encouraging and reassuring, use shared decision-making, ask more psychosocial questions and spend more time — up to 10 percent more — with patients than male doctors do.
That view appears to be gaining traction in the world of plastic surgery, where there has been an influx of women in the last decade. Of 7,003 doctors in the United States who are board-certified in plastic surgery -- meaning they have passed examinations to demonstrate their competency -- just 623 are women, according to the American Board of Plastic Surgery. But that number is more than double what it was in 1995 and an increasing number of these women are specifically asking for female plastic surgeons.
Dr. Diane Gibby is a female plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas who has been practicing for over 25 years and was one of the pioneering females in a specialty that has been predominantly occupied by males. Dr. Gibby distinguished her surgical practice by focusing solely only on the needs of women throughout every stage of their lives.
"While orchestrating their busy lives women often put others needs before their own. This fact became the motivation for focusing my cosmetic surgery practice exclusively on women and choosing to concentrate solely on body contouring procedures."
As a female cosmetic surgeon, wife and mother, Dr. Gibby understands that the physical changes women experience throughout young adulthood, pregnancy, motherhood, and menopause, are simply that...CHANGES.
Dr. Gibby goes on to explain that these physical alterations affect each woman differently and are often accompanied by an emotional component that adversely affects self-esteem and confidence. "The good news is that they can all be dramatically improved with new advances in surgical techniques. "
A recent review on RateMDs.com states, "Dr. Gibby is a kind, compassionate and caring doctor who took so much time to get to know me and what I really wanted for my mommy makeover after the birth of my children. As a mother herself, she really understood how important it was for my self-esteem to get by body back."
"Specializing in body contouring has allowed me to not only garner surgical expertise specific to these procedures, but the ability to really listen and understand a woman's concerns during every phase of her life," said Dr. Gibby. "This understanding is crucial so that the desired result is achieved."
The Women's Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery ensures women's individual needs are addressed, while providing superior medical care. Dedication to personal treatment creates a unique environment for women choosing cosmetic surgery. A distinguishing factor of The Women's Center is their philosophy of "Healthy Beauty," the healthiest approach possible to a more beautiful you. Dr. Gibby and her staff encourage patients to live a healthy lifestyle, which will contribute to maintaining or even improve their surgical results.
Diane Gibby Women's Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, 972.566.6323, firstname.lastname@example.org
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