Social media is a fact of life now. Nearly everyone in the western world has an account with Facebook, or Twitter, or one of any number of other similar websites. We use it to connect socially and professionally with the world around us.
When it comes to finding the right doctor, research is a key factor. You’ll want to know if the doctor is board certified as a plastic surgeon, and that they specialize in the procedure you’re interested in. Those can be found by looking at their websites or calling their office.
Sites like Facebook and Twitter can be a great resource for your research
But the more subtle things, like personality, bedside manner, and his or her approach to follow-up treatment, would be harder to glean from their websites in most cases. This is where Facebook comes in.
More and more plastic surgeons are building an online presence on social media sites like Facebook, where they update their status, answer patient questions, and share studies and other topical items in the world of plastic surgery.
“I think social media is one of the greatest things that’s come along in terms of allowing a prospective patient to get to know their doctor before they walk into an examining room,” said David Reath, MD, ASPS Member Surgeon. “The nature of how doctor’s communicate on things like Facebook really shows their personality.
So before you set up a consultation with a prospective surgeon, check and see if he or she has a Facebook page. If so, peruse it and try and glean what they might be like and if they’re a good fit for you. But if a doctor doesn’t have a Facebook page, don’t discount them; social media is just one handy way to get to know your doctor.