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When a cosmetic surgeon works in private practice, either alone or with a group of other specialists offering their services, the surgeon is essentially self-employed and running his or her own business. Surgeons may also work for hospitals, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), or the government, such as at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, universities employ a number of surgeons in academic positions. Approximately 41,600 surgeons (including cosmetic surgeons) are employed in the United States.

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