Social Media Partnership Breaks Cosmetic Surgery Barriers

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Partners with to Deliver Trusted Cosmetic Surgery Information to Consumers Worldwide

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS at today announced a partnership agreement with ( to provide consumers access to more accurate, timely, and realistic information about cosmetic procedures. is an unbiased consumer resource for cosmetic treatment information that uses social media to encourage conversation between consumers on beauty-related topics. ASAPS is the leading professional society of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic procedures.

The partnership agreement lays the foundation for ASAPS and its 2,400 board-certified plastic surgeons to provide answers to the thousands of community-generated, cosmetic procedure-related questions posted on ASAPS will also contribute authoritative content for plastic surgery guides, and both entities intend to pursue joint market research and consumer safety campaigns.

"The Aesthetic Society recognizes the powerful impact social media has in supporting the consumer's opportunities to learn first hand about cosmetic experiences," said ASAPS president Alan Gold, of Great Neck, NY. " has proven itself to be different from other Web sites in that it represents a consumer community that discusses cosmetic surgery without a commercial bias. We're excited to see our members get involved in a social media Web site that shares our commitment to accuracy, ethics, and patient education," said Dr. Gold. "Our involvement will help consumers make well-informed decisions based on science and facts rather than marketing promises and medically inaccurate information."

Online consumers often cannot find information that goes beyond marketing materials when researching a cosmetic procedure. For some consumers, their research efforts are unsatisfactory.

Natalie Moreno of Monterey, Calif., found that she couldn't find detailed information on a laser liposuction procedure on the Web. Moreno based her decision on information gleaned from a magazine article and doctor's Web site. After her procedure, Moreno joined to share her real-world experience to help others become better informed.

"I think it's very hard to find good information out there. I really enjoy RealSelf as you can honestly share your story and even have doctors answer or view your stories," Moreno said. views credible cosmetic treatment organizations like ASAPS as instrumental to improving the consumer education process.

"Consumers want and deserve the complete picture before undergoing a cosmetic procedure, whether it is an injectable like Botox ( or a significant procedure like tummy tuck surgery(," said Tom Seery, President, "Our partnership with ASAPS gives our community members easy access to board-certified surgeons who are driven by their interest in patient safety and education, not just another advertising channel. This relationship aligns doctors with consumers that seek authentic conversations and trustworthy answers."


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the leading organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery. ASAPS active-member plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

About ( is an unbiased consumer resource for cosmetic treatments and beauty-related topics. provides thousands of consumer reviews, expert Q&A, a doctor finder, beauty news and more. provides medical and beauty experts with a free online profile and a simple way to share insights in their own voice. The privately-held company is based in Seattle. Board members include Richard Barton, CEO of and Mike Slade, partner, Second Avenue Partners.

SOURCE American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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