Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become a forum for the younger generations to get information on multiple topics including plastic surgery! Many patients share their surgery experiences by posting their journal. Included in their post are before and after pictures. Many describe why they sought cosmetic surgery. Patients share how their goals were met, and their opinion of the surgeon and the staff.
Do Your Homework!
Social media should not be the only source for information. Patients should still confirm the surgeon of choice is board certified in plastic surgery. They should view the surgeon’s website, look at before and after pictures, and read online reviews.
“Selfies” Lead to Plastic Surgery
The influence of social media is tremendous. A decade ago the younger generations rarely sought plastic surgery. Now with Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, etc. plastic surgeons are in bigger demand than ever. Potential patients see themselves with “selfies” from all angles, and many are not happy with what they see. There are “social media stars” that many patients can relate to, more than traditional celebrities, that they hope to emulate.
It has been reported that the increase in overall cosmetic procedures has increased 115% since the year 2000. The majority of patients are 30 years old and under. With the rise of Instagram, the Brazilian Butt Lift, (where fat is transferred from the thighs, and abdomen to the butt), has increased each year by more than 100%. Also, the numbers have increased tremendously for tummy tucks and breast augmentations.
Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
There is a downside to the plethora of information available on the internet and social media, and that is the incidence of misinformation. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. encourages patients to educate themselves on potential cosmetic surgery procedures. However, he emphasizes the necessity for patients to rely on the expertise of a board certified plastic surgeon.
Call today (415) 898-4161 for a personal consultation with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Miguel Delgado.