Highlights October 2017

Beware of Being Botched: Instagram Plastic Surgeons on the Rise

You can shop online for just about anything these days, but when it comes to your body, you need to be extra careful who you “like.”

The result of your procedure is something you will live with for years, if not your entire life. While a successful procedure will give you greater confidence, poor results can be dangerous to your health, and lead to additional costs and heartache.

Instagram is now one of the most popular social media apps, with 800 million users and growing by the minute. But a new study by Northwestern University is bringing to light some of the dangers of using the app when shopping for a plastic surgeon.

According to the report, less than 18% of top plastic surgery-related Instagram posts are actually made by board-certified plastic surgeons.

The study looked at 21 plastic surgery hashtags, such as #boobjob, #brazilianbuttlift, and #liposuction, and found that spas and salons were marketing cosmetic surgery at significantly higher rates than qualified surgeons.

As a doctor who has seen his fair share of “botched” procedures, the news that unlicensed providers are operating on patients is very troubling to me. I have seen many people who have been hurt by those who aren’t qualified to be performing these procedures.

There are no checks and balances on social media, and you may be putting your life at risk by going to the wrong doctor (or not a doctor at all).

The good news is, there are several things you can do to take action and protect yourself from harm.

  1. Make sure your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  2. Review your doctor’s status with the Arizona Medical Board.
  3. Confirm the surgeon’s experience in the procedure you want.
  4. Look at their “before and after” photos.
  5. Trust your gut – make sure you feel comfortable and safe.

Written by: Pablo Prichard, M.D.


Pablo Prichard

Pablo Prichard, M.D. is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Honor John C. Lincoln Hospital and Medical Director for Plastic Surgery and is the senior partner at Advanced Aesthetics Associates. Dr. Prichard serves more than 2,000 patients every year and has specialized in both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. Along with patients and his on-call duties, Dr. Prichard continues to educate himself and stay on the forefront of cutting-edge surgeries and techniques and shares his knowledge by mentoring students. Performing thousands of surgeries ranging from life-saving reconstructive surgeries to cosmetic procedures using the latest in plastic surgery technology, the most rewarding part of Prichard’s career has been to give patients the opportunity to change their lives – no matter what their situation is. drprichard.com

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