"Social networking such as Facebook and Twitter can be highly valuable for personal and professional communications,"
The survey showed that 42 percent of patients get their information about facial plastic surgery from social media. More findings from the survey can be found at www.aafprs.org/
"That statistic makes it clear that patients are using social networking to an extent that concerns me," Dr. Lepore says.
His concerns echo those of Dr. Tom D. Wang, president of the AAFPRS, who said in an announcement about the survey results, "We are encouraged by the possibilities Facebook, Twitter and other social channels offer for prospective patients, but we urge all patients . . . to ensure information is from a reliable source.
"There's a great deal of misinformation out there, and the best way to circumvent that is to consult an AAFPRS physician who is qualified, experienced and trained in performing facial plastic procedures."
In addition to providing accurate information, a qualified plastic surgeon will make sure a prospective patient is making the decision for the right reasons, Dr. Lepore says.
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