Sure, you could set up a consultation with a doctor, dig into a few peer-reviewed articles and research that nose job you want on you own… or you could skip all that work and just ask Twitter.
Almost half of the plastic surgery patients in a recent study have turned to Twitter, Facebook, or another network for information about a procedure, according to a recent study.
According to US News, The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s (AAFPRS) conducted its annual poll of member surgeons, asking them about their patients’ habits. And their responses showed the growing importance of social media in people’s lives.
The surgeons responded that 47 percent of their patients had used Twitter or Facebook to learn about a potential facial surgery in 2011, up from 29 percent in 2010.
Dr. Tom Wang, the Academy’s president, has this to say about people’s reliance on social media for their surgery information:
“We are encouraged by the possibilities that Facebook, Twitter and other social channels offer for prospective patients, but urge all patients to exercise caution in researching facial plastic procedures to ensure information is from a reliable source. There’s a great deal of misinformation out there, and the best way to circumvent that is to consult an AAFPRS physician who is qualified, experienced and trained in performing facial plastic procedures.”
So if you’re considering getting a little Botox, Angelina’s lips or some brand new ears, there is certainly a huge wealth of information on Twitter, like plastic surgery-related accounts and your friend’s opinions. Just be sure you don’t make a decision to go under the knife based on what you heard in 140 characters.