October 19, 2015 – We know that music can profoundly affect our mood, but can it

improve your cosmetic surgeon’s performance? The answer is yes, according to a study

done by the University of Texas Medical branch at Galveston and published in the

Aesthetic Surgery Journal and Science Daily.


The study involved a group of 15 residents who were told to close incisions or repair

incisions with layered stitches as a practice exercise. One group did the surgical

exercise with music playing in the background while another group performed the same

surgical exercise with no music in the background.


The next day the groups were rotated and the residents were told to do the same

procedure using the same technique, but they could choose whether or not music was

playing in the background of the surgical room. The junior residents who opted for

their preferred type of music to be played completed the procedure on average 7%

quicker than the residents who opted for no music. Senior residents in the study who

opted for background music while closing incisions showed a 10% improvement in

procedure time as opposed to senior residents who had no music playing in the

background. Surgical technique and effeciency improved with all the residents who had

music to stitch by, so to speak.


So what does that mean for the patient? The study proposes that cosmetic surgeons are

more relaxed and able to concentrate better with their favorite music playing during

prcedures. That translates into shorter time spent under anesthesia, which reduces the

risk of complications in that area. Quicker and more effecient closure for incisions

means healing can start faster. Plus, the overall cost of your cosmetic surgery

procedure could be lower if your cosmetic surgeon can perform faster and more

efficiently. The study points out that this is especially true with procedures such as

tummy tucks where closure of large incisions can be time consuming.


So the next time you consult with a cosmetic surgeon about a procedure, it might be

worth asking if the operating room has a good sound system. Of course throw that

question in along with the standard ones about being board certified, overall

experience, expected outcome of the procedure and cost.