01 Apr The Changing World of Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery is a field that’s constantly evolving and advancing, and at John Park MD Plastic Surgery, your leading Newport Beach plastic surgeon is committed to providing patients with gorgeous results for breast augmentation, facelifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction. It’s no surprise that technology is keeping pace, and now patients can check out before-and-after galleries or reviews online from a number of third-party sites before ever scheduling a consultation—but nothing compares to human connection.
We encourage patients to schedule a complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Park so you can get a truly customized assessment of your goals. Veering too far away from in-person expert advice comes with its limits. For example, in China there are now apps where you can pay for plastic surgery with just a few swipes. Over 7 million Chinese people have had plastic surgery, with figures hovering closer to 16 million according to some other consulting firms.
Various experts in China have told CNN that plastic surgery is surging in China because of apps like GengMei and So-Young. These apps curate before-and-after photos while allowing users to book surgeries on the spot and even pay in advance. However, the experts encourage caution. According to a co-founder of a Chinese market intelligence agency, “In China, it is very difficult to find reliable information on clinics, especially in smaller cities. People no longer trust the search results returned by Baidu [the leading search engine in China] following several medical scandals involving the platform, so these new apps have taken over as unofficial directories of surgeons.”
Finding a Skilled Plastic Surgeon in Newport Beach
There are, of course, vast differences between the US and China. But there is also a similarity when it comes to plastic surgery—finding reliable information requires doing your homework and working with a trusted plastic surgeon. Making sure a plastic surgeon is board-certified, reputable, and experienced with the types of surgeries you’re interested in is very achievable in the US, and it’s exactly what you’ll find at John Park MD Plastic Surgery.
On the other side of the world, a report reveals that many Chinese women who undergo plastic surgery are in “second and third tier cities” and over half are younger than 26. For comparison, patients under the age of 30 make up just 6 percent of plastic surgery patients in the US. Apps in China that target young women in smaller cities with limited access to reliable information provides a shaky foundation at best.
For those in the US, finding the best plastic surgeon in Newport Beach is just as quick as using an app but much more effective. Most patients do some research themselves, pore over online before-and-after galleries, and often take a look at a few reviews before deciding to take the next step: a consultation. John Park MD Plastic Surgery always offers complimentary consultations so you can meet the surgeon in person. This is the absolute best way to get all of your questions answered, learn more about your options, and make sure you connect with your surgeon on a human level. Bedside manner is important when you’re considering plastic surgery because this expert will be taking care of you before, during, and after your procedure.
Plastic Surgery in the Digital Era
Technology is changing how we interact with plastic surgery on a global scale. Social media and photo filters have changed our inspirations. More and more often, patients bring in edited, filtered photos of themselves rather than celebrities to share with their plastic surgeons. Of course, internet culture and social media celebrities are still providing inspiration, too. In the US, using reviews as a way to gauge a surgeon’s capabilities is akin to word of mouth, which has always been a popular way to choose a specialist. Ensure that the reviews you read are legitimate, which can get tricky on third-party sites.
If you really want to take the next step in your plastic surgery journey, it’s time to put the devices aside and schedule an in-person, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Park. Call John Park MD Plastic Surgery today at (949) 777-6883 to schedule a consultation where you can also learn more about facelifts, tummy tucks, breast surgery, or liposuction.