Study Shows Americans Consult Social Media for Surgery Info and Advice

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According to a study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), many Americans are using social media as a resource for facial plastic surgery information and advice as opposed to asking friends.

The study found that 42 percent of facial plastic surgery patients in 2011 used Facebook and Twitter to learn more about their potential procedures. That percentage jumped from 29 percent in 2010.

While the survey brings up interesting food for thought—Why social media? Why not ask a friend? How about consulting other sites online?—the surgeons that participated in the poll are advising patients to pay closer attention to their sources. With that, they insist that it is always recommended to seek a consultation with a certified surgeon prior to any procedure.

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