As more prospective patients to the Internet to research their procedure, find a doctor and learn about previous patient’s outcomes, several companies are developing iPhone applications to make the research process easier.
The Plastic Surgery Channel has launched an iPhone App that allows patients to ask questions about their procedure and find a surgeon in their area.
The iPhone app allows patients to ask questions about their cosmetic, plastic or reconstructive procedure and get an answer from a qualified expert within a few hours. The application was developed by Dallas-based GWHQ Productions, and users can not send and receive text responses, but also watch videos posted by dozens of board-certified plastic surgeons who are registered with the site. The application currently taps into a pool of approximately 5,000 board-certified plastic surgeons, and users can search by zip code to narrow down the field to an expert in their local area.
According to Leslie Thompson, Executive Producer of The Plastic Surgery Channel, “In today’s economy, a lot of doctors from other specialties are offering cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation or liposuction. But, if the doctor isn’t board-certified in plastic surgery, they can lack the proper training and experience to ensure the patient’s safety. In some cases, they just attended a two-day seminar to learn how to do a procedure, and then started marketing it in their practice.”
Patients who take the steps to learn more about the doctor’s experience, track record of success and set realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure may be better equipped to make an informed decision when selecting their doctor and setting up their appointment.
The Plastic surgery Channel was founded by Dallas-based entrepreneur and Internet Protocol Television expert Craig Thompson, and plastic surgeon Dr. William P. Adams, Jr.