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Background: Plastic surgery has been practiced in Nigeria for many years. Despite this, there is still a great paucity of knowledge about the nature, scope, and practice of plastic surgery in Nigeria. This is particularly worse among the non-medical populations. This study aimed to assess the awareness, knowledge, and perception of the general population about plastic surgery in Nigeria, and to assess the willingness of the people based on their knowledge and perception, to accept plastic surgery procedures if indicated.Methodology: This was an online cross-sectional survey of participants drawn from across the country. Respondents were contacted via social media groups on WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Non-medical respondents were included in the study while medical personnel were excluded, and the results obtained were subjected to statistical analysis.Result: Four hundred and sixty (460) participants took part in the study. Eighty percent (368) showed poor knowledge of plastic surgery. Even though a significantly high number (n=428, 93.0%) of respondents were aware of the practice of plastic surgery, they lacked knowledge of the scope and depth of plastic surgery. One notable finding was that the awareness and knowledge of those who had such were mostly from internet use. The study also showed a significant relationship between perception and knowledge as well as perception and willingness to accept plastic surgery procedures (P<0.05). Conclusion: Knowledge and perception about plastic surgery are still poor among the non-medical population in Nigeria. However, the internet/social media is a veritable platform with which awareness of the specialty can be promoted to improve knowledge about the scope and depth of plastic surgery. As the use of the internet gets better and broader, the easier it will be to achieve this if properly harnessed.

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Knowledge, internet, non-medical, perception, plastic surgery, respondents.

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