Plastic Surgery Testimonials: To Trust or Not to Trust?

Louisville plastic surgeon's take on researching plastic surgeons.

People use online reviews to help them make decisions about just about everything these days, from where to go for dinner to what kind of car to buy. They are also popular among individuals who are looking for plastic surgeons, including here in the Louisville, KY area.

Patient testimonials posted on various websites, such as RealSelf.com, can be a valuable tool for individuals trying to choose a plastic surgeon, but it’s important to assess the validity of the reviews to determine whether they are trustworthy. That’s why I’ve compiled a few tips below to help you evaluate a surgeon’s online reviews, so you can find one who is right for you.

  • Look for patterns. See if several patients compliment a surgeon’s bedside manner, for example, or the courtesy of the office staff. It’s a good sign when reviews consistently mention certain aspects of care. If there’s a wide discrepancy, it might be best to take the reviews with a grain of salt.
  • Look for your own procedure interests. Stars don’t necessarily tell the whole story. A 5-star surgeon is a great place to start, but you also want to find an excellent plastic surgeon with a great track record performing the specific procedure you desire. If you want rhinoplasty and find a surgeon whose great reviews all seem to mention breast augmentation, he or she might not be the specialist for you.
  • Look for realistic reviews. The truth is that plastic surgery can sometimes be a challenge. When reviews mention those inevitable bumps in the road, it’s a good sign that those reviews are real. If you see testimonials saying things like “the recovery was a little more difficult than I expected, but my doctor helped me through it,” then you’re probably on the right track. Another sign of a review’s legitimacy is when specific details are sprinkled in. Remember that old adage about things that seem too good to be true. There should absolutely be a positive upswing, but with a dose of reality.

Ultimately, patient reviews may help you narrow down your choices, but the best way to determine whether a plastic surgeon is a good fit for you is by scheduling a consultation. Use reviews as your first step, then get to know the doctor on your own.

Louisville Plastic Surgeon shares his take on trusting plastic surgery testimonials.

About Dr. Bradley Calobrace

M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, FACS is a board-certified, Los Angeles-trained plastic surgeon who established Calobrace Plastic Surgery Center in an effort to bring the latest technology and techniques in plastic surgery to the Louisville area. He has established himself as a leader in cosmetic surgery and received recognition in Louisville Magazine as one of Louisville's "Top Docs" and "Best of Louisville." Dr. Calobrace is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Kentucky Society of Plastic Surgeons, and American College of Surgeons. View all posts by Dr. Bradley Calobrace

2 Responses to Plastic Surgery Testimonials: To Trust or Not to Trust?

  • Bettye Brock says:

    I am interested in a procedure that would make my face look younger. I am 64 years old. I know Dana and she does my permanent makeup. I am going to schedule touchups with Dana in the next few days. What should I do first? What type of procedure does Colobrace do? I am ok with down time. I had a chemical peel around my eyes about 10-12 years ago. I loved what it did for my eyes. I did turn green and had to take an antibiotic for 10 days. I live in Evansville, IN.
    Thank you for any response that you have.
    Bettye

    • Jacqueline Grimm says:

      Hello Betty-
      Thank you for reading our blog. We would be more than happy to assist you in creating a treatment plan to achieve you beauty goals. We offer an array of surgical and non-surgical treatments that can address the signs of aging. We offer treatments that reduce fine line and wrinkles, correct volume loss and tighten skin. Dr. Calobrace does perform all major facial surgeries, such as face life, mini face lift, neck lift, and blepharoplasy (eye lid surgery). If you are interested in setting up a consultation please 502.899.9979 and a patient coordinator will be happy to assist you.

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