Social Media and Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeons Use Instagram to Lure Patients

Social media has a huge influence on consumers and some plastic surgeons are using it to lure patients. These tactics may put consumers at risk for bad plastic surgery with serious complications.

Instagram is the biggest lure for patients. Plastic Surgeons around the globe are using different gimmicks to attract new patients.  There has been several recent articles discussing this danger. One article recently appeared in the Daily Mail, discussing how plastic surgeons are strategically using ‘soft porn’ images on social media to promote their businesses. This is especially true on Instagram.  These images are sending false messages of body perfection and contributing to body dysmorphia and anxiety.

More and more people especially young woman are influenced by photos on Instagram.  These photos give false expectations and false hope.  Our bodies are not perfect, even with plastic surgery.  Photo touching apps can easily make anyone look better, yet these are unrealistic expectations.

Generally most people are not really aware of all the risks nor do they take their time to research surgeons or even know the right questions to ask. Making the right choice is complicated.  As a plastic surgery coach, I have counseled many more revision clients over the past year than ever before.

As we approach the holiday season, plastic surgeons are also using Instagram for promoting free surgery and filler giveaways.  I don’t know any highly skilled Board Certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is so hungry for business to promote free giveaways. All very scary, yet unfortunately tempting to many people who are not educated in the risks of plastic surgery. Filler injections in the hands of an unskilled doctor or unlicensed professional is also dangerous and can lead to many complications.

Be aware that plastic surgery has risks. Complications during and after plastic surgery can happen to any trained Board Certified Surgeon, but the odds are much less.  Patients can also experience filler complications even when injected by a highly trained licensed medical professional.

If you are using social media as your primary source of information, you are increasing your risks for complications or worse.   There are many factors to consider before deciding whether plastic surgery  is right for you.  Choosing a plastic surgeon is only part of the process.

  • Don’t be influenced to choose a plastic surgeon by their social media pictures or promotional videos
  • Don’t choose a plastic surgeon because the practice is giving away a free procedure or filler injections
  • Don’t choose a plastic surgeon because they have thousands of Instagram followers
  • Don’t choose a plastic surgeon based on price
  • Don’t choose a plastic surgeon solely based on posts in any private Facebook plastic surgery group
  • Don’t choose a plastic surgeon because they have a TV show or lots of media sound-bytes

Choose a plastic surgeon based your in-depth personal research or hire a trusted expert a plastic surgery coach who has already done all the research for you.