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Using a Plastic Surgery Social Network to Choose a Surgeon

Whitney Taylor | February 18, 2014 | Posted in Rhinoplasty, Skin Care

Plastic Surgery Social NetworkFinding a plastic surgeon can be an anxiety-provoking experience, particularly if you are brand new to the cosmetic surgery world. Fortunately, there are sources and tips to help you find the best doctors in your area.

One avenue prospective patients can turn to today is a plastic surgery social network where past and future patients come together and share experiences and advice.

RealSelf – online patient reviews of plastic surgeons

RealSelf, founded in 2006, is just such a network. This website has developed an online community for those interested in cosmetic surgery. The website offers information and forums where patients can get questions answered by plastic surgeons, share reviews of their physicians and post before and after photos of their procedures. Patients can get real answers to their questions about a wide range of procedures, from how much they cost to how much discomfort is involved during and after surgery.

RealSelf also posts reviews of specific surgeons across the United States, written by patients who received their services. A star rating is provided for numerous factors, including the physician’s bedside manner, after-treatment care, responsiveness to patients, staff professionalism and wait times. Patients are also allowed to post positive and negative comments about the physician and the plastic surgery experience overall.

No substitute for a personal consultation

While a plastic surgery social network is an excellent way to gain information about procedures and doctors, it is best used as a single step in a multi-faceted process for choosing the right doctor for your needs. Social networks are no replacement for one-on-one time with the physician. Those initial consultations provide the facts you need to make an educated, confident decision about how to proceed with your plastic surgery goals.

A consultation with a board-certified expert who boasts a successful track record for many decades offers you the peace of mind in knowing you are in good hands for your procedure. This professional can answer all of you questions as they pertain to you personally, based on your medical history, specific cosmetic issues and desired outcome. While you are selecting a plastic surgeon based on board certification, education and experience, the consultation also gives you the opportunity to measure your level of comfort with the doctor you are choosing.

Choosing a plastic surgeon in NY

For prospective patients considering Dr. Thomas Loeb for their plastic surgery procedure in New York, this process of selection can be extremely helpful. Dr. Loeb is listed in the New York plastic surgeons reviews on Real Self; one patient posted that Dr. Loeb’s revision rhinoplasty (nose surgery) “made all of my expectations come true.”

Another patient posting a review of Dr. Loeb gave him a five-star rating after rhinoplasty. A third rated Dr. Loeb highly after he recommended a minimally-invasive Fractora skin resurfacing treatment. Prospective patients can also discover at RealSelf that Dr. Loeb is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

However, it is during a private consultation with Dr. Loeb that patients will find this physician to be professional, helpful and willing to answer all questions about their procedure. They will realize that Dr. Loeb and his staff strive to make the experience as comfortable as possible, through a supportive environment that follows through from the first consultation to follow-up care.

If you are interested in plastic surgery of any kind, contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Loeb will be happy to explain your options in cosmetic surgery treatments that will provide the results you are looking for. Contact our Fifth Avenue office at 212-327-3700.

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  1. Business Insider, “Real Self” is like a Social Network for People who Want Cosmetic Surgery,http://www.businessinsider.com/realself-for-cosmetic-surgery-2014-2
  2. Real Self, Find the Right Cosmetic Treatment for You, http://www.realself.com/
  3. WebMD, Choosing the Right Cosmetic Surgeon, http://www.webmd.com/beauty/treatments/choosing_right_cosmetic_surgeon
  4. American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon, http://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/How-We-Help/choosing-a-cosmetic-surgeon.html
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