People are finding their plastic surgeon on Instagram and it could bring some serious health risks.
According to a new study from Northwestern Medicine, most plastic surgery services that are on Instagram are not board-certified plastic surgeons
Surprisingly, most of the top posts on Instagram came from dentists, spas and even a hair salon, offering cosmetic procedures.
via Chicago Tribune:
The study looked a results for 21 hashtags related to plastic surgery, including #plasticsurgery, #facelift, #breastimplant, #boobjob, #liposuction and #brazilianbuttlift. In all, those 21 hashtags had nearly 1.8 million posts, but the study’s authors whittled those down to the top nine posts for each of the hashtags for their research.
They found the largest number of posts came from foreign surgeons. The next largest number — more than 26 percent — came from doctors such as dermatologists, gynecologists and general surgeons who were not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Any licensed medical doctor can legally perform cosmetic surgeries, though the doctors’ levels of training may vary.
Meanwhile, board-certified plastic surgeons accounted for only 17.8 percent of the top posts. Four of the posts were from dentists, four were from spas with no associated physicians and one came from a hair salon.
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, for example, says doctors it certifies must first complete a one-year fellowship training program in cosmetic surgery, in addition to a residency in a related discipline. Cosmetic surgeons focus on enhancing people’s appearances, while plastic surgeons often focus on repairing problems, though they may also perform cosmetic procedures.
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery cautions that patients should do their homework when it comes to choosing someone to do a procedure.
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