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burnout, social media, time saver

Social Media: Secret Weapon in the Battle against Physician Burnout

Physician burnout: You could say it’s a hot topic these days. From new research on its causes to seminars on how to avoid it, it seems you can’t read your mail or get online without coming across stories about the subject. The current issue of Modern Aesthetics, in fact, devotes, not just its cover (above) to […]

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nose job, rhinoplasty, natural, not fake

It’s Only Natural: The New Word in Nose Jobs Is…

The eyes may be the window to the soul but for many aesthetic consumers, the nose may just be the doorway to a more satisfied life. And while it’s true that many patients want a nose that’s smaller or thinner or less bulbous, a new survey suggests that it’s what they don’t want that’s driving interest in […]

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sculpsure, buzz index, realself, mark karolak

Buzz Index: Consumer Questions about SculpSure Offer Insights for Doctors

There’s nothing like having the FDA approve a new product or procedure to generate buzz among patients hoping to resolve their aesthetic concerns. In fact, such decisions often lead to a spike in the aptly named RealSelf Buzz Index, a weekly analysis that compares the number of questions, comments, and new reviews posted to the […]

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Infographic Friday: A Million Questions, a Million Answers, and One Huge Benefit for Doctors

When a doctor answers a potential patient’s question in an email or consultation, he or she has a great opportunity to help that one person. Doctors who do so online can potentially help thousands — and, it’s worth noting, themselves at the same time. Consider this infographic from the RealSelf Trends blog, which notes that […]

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TIME Out: Aesthetic Consumers’ Questions Provide Answers for Doctors

If you need proof that cosmetic surgery is coming out of the shadows, look no further than this week’s TIME magazine, where the cover story — Nip. Tuck. Or Else. — asserts that aesthetic procedures are “the new makeup.” Everybody’s doing it, goes the logic, and those who aren’t soon will because, well, everybody else […]

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Infographic Friday: The Dos and Don’ts of Social Media, Complaints and Compliments Edition

As previously discussed, social media presents special challenges for doctors that most other businesses don’t have to face. After all, the restaurant down the street doesn’t have to worry about maintaining customer privacy and no hotel ever faced a lawsuit for violating HIPAA. Needless to say, things get even more challenging when you move from […]

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Curious about Kybella: Consumer Questions Provide Insights for Doctors

With the FDA’s approval of Kybella for submental fat last month, it’s hardly surprising that aesthetic consumers are hoping it will offer an easier, less painful alternative to liposuction and neck lifts for their double chins. And with miracle-touting headlines like “Now You Can Get a Ridiculously Chiseled Jawline without Liposuction,” it’s safe to say […]

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Awaken the Force: Aesthetic Consumers Are Looking for their Obi-Wan

You won’t find it on many wall calendars but for fans of a certain intergalactic movie franchise, today, 5/4/15, is a big day. It’s called Star Wars Day and it owes its existence to the wise man referenced above who almost, but not quite, said the immortal words: May the fourth be with you. Ok, […]

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Meet the RealSelf 100: Honoring the Top Social Influencers in Cosmetic Medicine

From the growing number of procedures being performed to the media’s seemingly endless fascination, interest in cosmetic medicine is clearly on the rise. And if the 7 million unique monthly visits to RealSelf are any indication, that interest is matched by aesthetic consumers’ thirst for trustworthy information from those with the expertise to help them […]

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ptosis surgery, Q&A, realself, buzz index

Buzz Index: People Are Talking about Ptosis Surgery

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul but they also offer a peek inside the minds of people considering cosmetic surgery. Quite a few, it seems, are thinking about their droopy eyelids and whether ptosis surgery is right for them — so many, in fact, that the procedure has placed in the […]

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social media, market research

5 (Surprising) Reasons Doctors Need to Embrace Social Media

If you’re among the ranks of doctors who are still unsure of the value of social media, it appears you’re not alone. According to a June survey of doctors by MedData Group, 44% of respondents said they don’t use social media for professional purposes. Not LinkedIn, not Facebook, not even online physician or patient communities. […]

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Infographic Friday: Quick Tips for Supercharging your SERP Status (Content Marketing V)

It is probably the ultimate conundrum of the Internet as we know it: With the rise of blogs, social media, smartphones and DIY video, we are in danger of drowning in digital content. Yet, at the very same time, producing content — sometimes short-form, sometimes long-form, even more video — is arguably the best way to connect […]

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Rethinking Ink: The Business of Tattoo Removal Is Booming

Given the number of people sporting inked images on their arms, legs and backs, it’s obvious that people love their tattoos. That is, until they don’t, which is why more and more of them are turning to aesthetic professionals to have them removed. In fact, according to research by IBISWorld, revenue for tattoo removals has […]

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realself, aesthetic consumer, friction

Ease the Path to Your Practice: Less Friction = More Patients

If you’ve ever booked a flight, bought a book or considered competing products online, then you know that the Internet’s ability to provide an abundance of information is both its blessing and its curse. On the one hand, we all love having options; on the other, it can often lead to a sort of “analysis […]

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realself, q&a, telemedicine, duty of care

Does Answering Questions Online Constitute Telemedicine?

Telemedicine. When it comes to transforming healthcare, few concepts promise more far-reaching changes than the prospect of using 21st century technologies to provide care at a distance. Little wonder, then, that the concept also causes its fair share of confusion. Consider the recent case of a plastic surgeon who received a note from her insurance […]

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Stephen Weber, RealSelf, Q&A, keloid

How a Quick Q&A Created a Global Connection

Here at RealSelf, we talk a lot about how answering online questions from aesthetic consumers is a great marketing tool. It can, for example, help expose your practice to patients far beyond your local market and even provide “SEO juice” that can boost your position in search results. Sometimes it does even more. Case in […]

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Smart Marketing: Supercharge Your Search Rank by Answering Questions Online

Honolulu plastic surgeon Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS calls RealSelf “the 800-lb. gorilla of aesthetic searches” — and he means that in the nicest way. In fact, he uses site’s Ask a Doctor feature — and the SEO juice it provides — as a way to rank higher for procedures and services he knows he wouldn’t […]

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Debunking ‘Junk Science’: RealSelf 100 Doctor Richard H. Tholen on Answering Questions Online

With millions of consumers turning to social media with questions about cosmetic surgery, doctors who take the time to provide answers perform an invaluable service. They not only help those consumers make safe, educated decisions; they also help the profession by debunking the “junk science” those consumers often encounter elsewhere. At RealSelf, for example, the […]

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