Site Empowers Plastic Surgery Patients
One thing many of us want to know about plastic surgery is the unadulterated truth How much did it hurt? How much did it cost? Would you do it again if you had the chance?
A popular website, RealSelf.com, lets patients rate their plastic surgeries, answering just such questions. One media outlet referred to the site as the TripAdvisor for tummy tucks.
But can the popular site survive the recession? Seattle-based RealSelf depends on chatter about cosmetic treatments–and advertisements from surgery providers–to survive.
RealSelf Chief Executive Officer Thomas Seery, who previously worked at the online-travel site Expedia, acknowledges that the economy “has continued to weigh heavily” on the site. But he says that questions on the site about the prices of procedures are up significantly from six months ago.
That’s good news for the plastic surgery industry, which according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, experienced a down turn last year, with tummy-tuck surgeries down 18% compared with the previous year, and breast implants down 12%.