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Sneaky Plastic Surgery on the WWW

Posted Oct 19 2007 12:00am

It is a complicated world we live in online in plastic surgery. A decade ago I was more trusting of what I read online regarding plastic surgery. As some of you may know, I have been a contributor to forum boards for about that long. They used to be free of hype and BS. Many of them now are for-profit enterprises that will pitch their sponsor surgeons to you like a television ad.

Recently a kind person posted nice words about me on an online forum. She was deleted as were her posts. She was given no warning or notice as to why this happened. The forum administrator explained that it has nothing to do with the fact that she was recommending a surgeon who had not paid for sponsorship. She explained that online at another board when I told the story as I knew it.

Nevertheless, it is prudent for those of you going online for information about plastic surgery to be careful as to the source. There is a difference between a simple ad and a sneaky paid recommendation.

Specifically if you go to an online forum at which a forum administrator recommends a plastic surgeon to you, your next question should be “Was she paid to do so?”

A few forums at which paid sponsors have been recommended to users by the staff:

Justbreastimplants.com – Admin: Nikki
Implantforum.com – Founder: Rebecca

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

P.S. I have contributed to Makemeheal.com for several years now. I am not a paid sponsor. At one time I paid to be a sponsor on Implantforum.com. I received no business from it and discontinued my relationship with them years ago.

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