ADOTAS – Taking online advertising (if you can call it that in this case) to a new and creepy level, plastic surgeons are now offering patients free and discounted services if they post videos of their surgeries on YouTube along with a rave review and a link to the surgeon’s site, The New York Times reports.
And thrifty patients are enthusiastically posting videos of their surgeries for an extra nip and tuck. According to the Times, more than 6,400 videos of Botox, breast augmentation and Lasik appear on YouTube alone.
While the discounts are relatively minor (a $400 Botox injection here, an $800 injection of Juvederm there), some consumer advocates are up in arms.
“With paid testimonials you’re running the risk that the consumer’s opinion was skewed by dollar signs, and isn’t necessarily telling the truth,” Alison Preszler, a spokeswoman for the Better Business Bureau, told the Times. “When we’re talking about a plumber, the worst that can happen is that you’ll end up with a basement full of water. But when it’s about a plastic surgeon, you could spend the rest of your life as the Elephant Man.”