RealSelf.com is one of the websites I recommend most often to my Long Island plastic surgery patients and anyone interested in cosmetic enhancement. RealSelf is an indispensable guide for those considering any kind of aesthetic treatment — from staged body contouring surgeries after weight loss to a quick BOTOX® Cosmetic injection or chemical peel.
RealSelf serves a few different purposes. Patients who have undergone a procedure can keep public journals of their individual experiences to help other prospective patients gain a thorough, realistic understanding of what to expect. Patients can also submit unbiased reviews of their surgeons, which can help other nearby patients narrow down their choices.
Perhaps the best feature is that patients may also submit questions anonymously and get answers from registered doctors. For an example of this, check out my RealSelf profile. The “Q&A” tab features questions I’ve answered myself.
Patients aren’t the only ones who benefit from RealSelf. Their regularly updated blog keeps me on top of trends in the field, and reading the experiences of patients in their own words helps me make improvements to my own practice to keep my patients satisfied. I enjoy responding to questions not just because it benefits the person asking, but also because it keeps me informed about what patients are interested in when it comes to cosmetic enhancement.