Social media is everywhere these days, regardless of what industry you’re in. In the plastic surgery industry, we deal with the expectations that come from social media on a daily basis. Patients come in from all over the world with desires to look better on camera and on their social channels. “Influencer” is becoming a full-time job for a lot of these people and social media is how they get their opinions out to their followers and fans.
The latest social media start over the last few years has been TikTok, a video sharing app that allows you to upload short clips that people can view, comment on, and like; it’s the evolution of Vine and Musical.ly, if you remember those services.
The consumption of short, interesting, videos on TikTok has blown up across the globe as the younger generations flock to videos over pictures or text conversations. Gone are the days of Facebook and Twitter, the youth of today wants their information quick and visual.
With the growth of TikTok over the last few years, we’ve been asked many questions related to whether or not certain information found in videos is true. And because of the abundance of misinformation out there, especially medical misinformation, we decided to jump into a few TikTok videos and explain why the information may be true or false.
Debunking Plastic Surgery Misinformation on TikTok
For more information regarding the truth, or misconception, behind the information mentioned below, be sure to watch the video above. The video will show you the original TikTok clips as well as our own Dr. William Adams, as he explains why the information is either true or false.
Remember, there is a lot of misinformation and misconceptions on social media (and not just TikTok), so when it comes to plastic surgery or medical questions, be sure to consult with your doctor or surgeon before making any decisions. They will know what’s best for you based on past experience, medical records, and their medical knowledge.
I don’t know about you, but I would rather get my medical information from a doctor that has dedicated their life to medicine, has gone through the proper schooling and testing requirements, and has been practicing in their field for a while…. Not some random person on the internet who read an article or a study that they don’t know how to interpret correctly.
Are Human Faces/Bodies Symmetrical?
The truth is nothing in the human body is symmetrical. Even though it might seem like your face is symmetrical, or your body is symmetrical, there are actually slight variations between each side of your body.
Nipple Inversion Can Be a Sign of Breast Cancer
Nipple inversion itself is not a sign for concern. In most cases it turns out to be nothing, it can happen due to old age or genetics. While nipple inversion itself is not going to immediately scream breast cancer, if you notice your nipples suddenly becoming inverted, it’s worth talking to your doctor about.
Running Makes Your Botox Dissolve Faster
There is no truth to this myth. Botox will not dissolve just from the act of running or exercising. With Botox being the most widely performed non-surgical procedure in the world, there is no indication that Botox will dissolve quicker if you exercise or run versus not running or exercising.
Miami is Known for Cheap Brazilian Butt Lifts
Miami is definitely known as a hot spot for plastic surgery in general and bbl’s are no different. The important thing to keep in mind here is that you get what you pay for. Because of the social scene and the reputation that Miami has, there are a number of less-than-stellar offices performing plastic surgery that probably shouldn’t be.
Be sure to research your doctor and ask questions, don’t just find the cheapest person to do the procedure. These people may not have the proper qualifications or experience on doing these types of procedures, and there have been a number of deaths related to incorrect bbl’s.
Breast Augmentation Will Last 10 Years
Breast augmentation surgery can actually last much longer than 10 years if done safely and correctly. There are some breast implants that we’ve been seeing that are 20-25 years old and are perfectly safe and don’t need to be replaced.
Don’t base your need for breast implants or augmentation on the cost of the procedure, as shown in the video above, but rather on how it will make you feel. Most women who get breast implants notice an uptick in their self-esteem and their confidence. So rather than comparing the cost of breast implants to a cup of coffee, think about how it will improve your life over time.
Petroleum Jelly is Great for Your Skincare Routine
This is false and petroleum jelly is actually one of the worst things for your skin. It can clog your pours which can cause acne and breakouts. We would not recommend using petroleum jelly on your face as part of your skin care regimen.
Be Careful When Getting Medical Advice from Social Media
Social media is a hot bed of misinformation and it’s only gotten worse since the COVID pandemic. We would urge you to take everything you see on social media with a grain of salt unless it’s coming from an actual board-certified plastic surgeon or accredited doctor.
With the ability to make up anything and post it out for the world to see, you can never be sure what the intentions of people on social media might be. If you’re thinking about having plastic surgery and you have questions regarding the procedures, if you’re a good candidate, or the risks of certain procedures, make sure to consult with an actual doctor and not someone claiming to be on social media.
If you are looking for information regarding breast augmentation and would like to setup a consultation, please contact us at Dr. Adams Plastic Surgery in Dallas, Texas.