New York, Aug 31: Photo-sharing website Instagram is overloaded with Hair salons, barbers, dentists and non-certified physicians market advertising cosmetic surgery procedures, putting people’s lives at risk of death, researchers say.
According to study, only 18 per cent of top plastic surgery-related posts on Instagram were genuine and posted by board-certified plastic surgeons.
Whereas, the majority (26.4 per cent) are cosmetic surgeons and not board certified plastic surgeons included dermatologists, general surgeons, gynecologists.
And 5.5 per cent were non-physicians, including dentists, spas.
“Providers — ranging from physicians who are not licensed in plastic surgery to dentists, hair salon employees and barbers – are doing procedures for which they do not have formal or extensive training. That’s extremely dangerous for the patient,” said lead author Robert Dorfman, medical student at Northwestern University in Illinois, US.
The ads attract those who want to improve their appearance for Instagram, Snapchat and other social media channels, but unaware about the fact who is qualified to perform procedures, the researchers said, adding that “this is a very scary finding”.
“The blood vessel supply in the body is very intricate. If you accidentally inject something into a vein and it then goes into your lungs, it can kill you,” Dorfman added.
For the study, the team examined 1,789,270 posts which utilised 21 plastic surgery related hashtags on Instagram.
Less percentage (32.9 per cent) of ads were more educational and posted as compared to non-plastic surgeons self-promotional ads(67.1 per cent).
“Someone uninformed might think – why do I need to pay higher fees for a board-certified physician to do injections or fillers?” Dorfman said.