Please don't find your plastic surgeon on Instagram
Instagram is great for a lot of things: following your besties, posting selfies, updating your IG story with a wild night out, getting makeup recommendations from beauty gurus, following your favorite celeb's day-to-day super glam lives, and shopping for a plastic surgeon!
🎶 … One of these things is not like the other... 🎶
It's not a big surprise that plastic surgeons from around the globe are using large social media platforms like Instagram to promote and advertise their work, but picking a doctor because he/she is "Instagram Famous" or popular is quickly becoming a frightening pattern.
The majority of posts that advertise plastic surgery — the most popular being procedures for lip enhancement and breast and bum augmentation — actually come from physicians that weren't trained at all in plastic surgery, or professionals like dentists or massage therapists, who weren't even licensed physicians.
While there are legitimate plastic surgeons who advertise their services online, it can still be daunting to see problematic/unsafe procedures being posted on popular Instagram pages that don't fully understand the ramifications of spreading false and dangerous medical information.
So where do I find the perfect plastic surgeon?
If you were looking for someone that's more credible, you could always use good ol' fashioned word of mouth to find the perfect surgeon for your situation, or you could always go on Yelp to see if someone is credible.
Another course of action you could take would be to check through your health care provider's website to find any strong recommendations there: just please don't search #LIPFILLERZ.
What do you think?
Do you think Instagram is a great place to shop for services like plastic surgery or dentistry, or would you rather go elsewhere and not trust random people online?
Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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Cella writes for iMore on social and photography. She's a true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, and Sicilian. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @hellorousseau
By Daryl Baxter