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Seeking Surgical Advice Through Social Media

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Have you heard about the latest technologies that can improve your appearance with less risk, less downtime, and better results? Chances are you’re seeking advice from a number of different sources – friends who’ve had experience, trusted websites and, most importantly, from a trusted doctor that is board certified in your area of interest.

Recent research by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has shown that a growing number of Americans are actually choosing to get advice and information about facial plastic surgery from social networking sites over other sources.

The survey shows that more than 40 percent of patients in 2011 got information about plastic surgery from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, a significant increase over 29 percent in 2010. At the same time, the number of patients relying on friends for advice fell from 63 percent in 2010 to 48 percent in 2011.

While many plastic surgery centers are branching out to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to share news, updates and patient stories, at ImageLift™ we caution every person considering plastic surgery to also speak with a doctor that is board certified in your area of interest. Relevant board certifications include facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery (plastic surgery of the eye), and dermatology. And, just because a doctor carries a board certification does not mean that they specialize in the procedure you seek.. Some doctors focus more on cosmetic procedures, some focus on reconstructive procedures, and others may be more focused on hand surgery, skin cancer, or treatment of disease. Be sure to understand your consulting doctor’s specialty.