If you are thinking about getting plastic surgery in Missouri, it may be a good idea to follow some plastic surgeons in your area on social media. It’s a great way to learn about certain procedures and also begin to get a feel for different surgeons and what it’s like at their practices.
It’s also a way to vet the surgeon who you may well end up choosing for your procedure. Here are a few things to consider when verifying that a doctor is trustworthy and legitimate through social media.
- When considering having a procedure done, you want to make sure that the pricing is displayed clearly, and the information is easy for you to obtain. As a patient, you shouldn’t need to beg for the pricing for any procedure. You want to find a surgeon that is willing to show you a wide range of their prices. This transparency shows that they have nothing to hide, and it also allows you to make sure that their prices are in line with the rest of the industry. When you do see pricing, make sure it include the entire fee for a procedure, not just a surgeon’s fee.
- When following any surgeon on social media, you’ll want to ensure that they are a real person! Of course, you’ll want avoid getting “catfished” by a fake surgeon — but the broader point here is that you’ll probably also feel more comfortable working with a surgeon after you’ve seen their interests, like their love for the outdoors, their family, or charitable involvement. These types of things show that he or she is more likely to care about your wellbeing and understand the type of lifestyle that you may live. This is important because some procedures can be tailored for different lifestyle habits. Having a clear “about page” with detailed information about the surgeon and the rest of the staff is very important, too, because it helps you build a better sense of security and trust.
- You’ll want to look for facts and honest promotion practices. A spa or practice ought to have transparent promotions, without any dubious claims or bait-and-switch tactics. And if you’re going to follow social media accounts, they should provide useful facts for each of their procedures, as well as recovery options and stages. An up-to-date blog is even better. It helps show that they are engaged — not only with current patients, but anyone who wants to learn more about cosmetic surgery.
- Finally, look at before-and-after photos with a critical eye. Be wary if the results seem too perfect. It may mean the surgeon is cherry-picking results. While of course you want a surgeon with consistently beautiful result, the right surgeon will show you a variety of outcomes, so look for a variety of patients. Also, you need to confirm that you are actually seeing that surgeon’s work. Don’t be shy about asking; it will help you make an informed decision.
Above all, surgeon’s social media, website, and blog should be transparent and factual. When done right, they can be great tools for finding the perfect surgeon for you. Here at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery, we want to help you reach your aesthetic goals, and we see our online presence as a way to help set you up for a successful and well-informed journey.