It is no surprise that the evolution of social media has had an impact on people’s plastic surgery decisions. You can find hundreds of “inspo pics” on any social media platform. This begs the question- how do we navigate social media in a way that helps us better understand plastic surgery rather than damage our self-esteem?
Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell spoke with a writer for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to examine the impacts of social media on people’s perceptions of plastic surgery. By having open discussions about the role of these platforms in our modern world, we can learn how to approach social media platforms when it comes to plastic surgery.
Social media platforms like Instagram have become a primary source of information about plastic surgery, particularly through people’s before-and-after transformations. Dr. DeLuca-Pytell argues that social media has become the primary method of advertising plastic surgery services. However, this does not mean that any plastic surgery practice can simply post some transformation pictures to gain customers immediately. Developing a strong social media presence is not easy, and your posts must be genuine, well-thought-out, and different from the competition. Plastic surgeons must also post regularly to maintain traction and grow an audience.
Because anyone can edit or filter photos now, people see idealized beauty standards that may be impossible for most people to meet. If patients start believing they must meet these strict beauty standards, they could set themselves up for disappointment and harm their self-esteem. This is why Dr. DeLuca-Pytell’s first meeting with patients is essential. After this discussion, she should be able to conclude whether the results a patient is looking for are safe and attainable. Additionally, she can address any misinformation a patient has seen on social media, particularly when it comes to potential risks and complications.
When navigating social media platforms, be mindful that you have unique features, and there is no need to compare yourself to people you see online. Social media can be a valuable resource, but there can also be damaging misinformation, so speaking with a board-certified plastic surgeon is essential to learn the facts about a specific procedure. You should always research using reputable sources or talk to qualified plastic surgeons to ensure you are making an informed decision.
By being mindful when using social media to inform your understanding of plastic surgery procedures, you can achieve a satisfactory outcome that is right for you. Click here to read the full article and learn more about social media’s influence on plastic surgery. If you have any questions or are interested in a specific procedure, contact Dr. DeLuca-Pytell today.