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Posted July 24, 2020 in Plastic Surgery

The line between medicine and entertainment has become blurred over the past decade. Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of plastic surgery where physicians have become reality TV stars (Botched) and social media stars (Dr. Miami). Public awareness of plastic surgery is a good thing; but surgeons starring in their own made-for-Instagram operating room videos is probably a bad thing.

I personally write most of the educational content on our website, and I intermittently post Instagram videos with me rhapsodizing about different plastic surgery topics. But I do not have employees with cell phones following me around the office and operating room all day, capturing patient visits, live surgery, and fun exchanges with staff. While these may be great for entertainment and social media presence, they may not be very good for plastic surgery patients.

For me to perform surgery at the highest level, I must have periods of uninterrupted concentration. Acting as a master of ceremonies for an unseen internet audience of followers is a distraction. While this may be good for obtaining likes, having a distracted surgeon is definitely bad for the patient on the operating table.

If you’re looking for social media entertainment, keep up with the Kardashians. But if it’s your body—and your life–on the line, consider going to a plastic surgeon who will focus on no one but you.