Summary: If you follow the latest plastic surgery news, you may have already heard about plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer, better known by his Snapchat name, Dr. Miami. Because he most enjoys working on procedures like mommy makeovers, Brazilian butt lifts, breast lifts and tummy tucks, Dr. Miami decided to focus solely on a clientele of people under 50, as that is the most ideal age group for these procedures. Because of this shift, Dr. Miami began searching for ways to tap into this younger generation’s use of social media.

At his 15-year-old daughter’s suggestion, the Florida surgeon started live-Snapchatting some of his surgeries, with the patients’ consents. After getting 2,000 views on his first post, Dr. Miami realized he might have something worthwhile. Within a month, his views per day had grown to about 100,000, and now, his Snapchat stories get nearly 700,000 daily views. But is there any harm to this sensationalized take on plastic surgery? Could there be benefits?

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Getting Plastic Surgery for the Wrong Reasons

While Dr. Miami emphasizes that not all of his surgeries are featured on Snapchat or other social media platforms, he does explain that for many of the people he performs surgery for, their opportunity to be featured on Snapchat is the sole reason they come to him. This mindset could be problematic, as plastic surgery is just that—a surgery. Even though it is a cosmetic procedure, it can still be a major life event that needs to be thoroughly considered.

That being said, for those 700,000 people viewing Dr. Miami’s Snap Stories, the very realistic nature of the material could also work to promote realistic expectations of plastic surgery procedures, which could certainly be a good thing.

Live-Streaming Surgery Can Promote Realistic Expectations

In an interview with Vice, Dr. Miami asserts that he “never sugarcoats anything,” emphasizing the realistic nature of all of his pictures and videos. Throughout the interview, the surgeon explains that he uses Snapchat as a way to “live-stream” his day-to-day work life, which does include some graphic content. “That’s what draws people to it,” he says, “it’s very genuine.”

Just as it’s vitally important to make sure you’re getting plastic surgery for the right reasons, it’s also important to be familiar with what’s entailed in your procedure. While part of Dr. Miami’s social media craze promotes publicity and a sensationalized buzz surrounding his practice, another part does provide a very realistic and accurate depiction of the ins and outs of plastic surgery.

Understanding What’s Best for You

Whether or not you’re into Dr. Miami’s social media craze, the most important thing to keep in mind when considering plastic surgery is to choose what’s best for you. Getting plastic surgery just to participate in a social media trend isn’t realistic or beneficial in the long run. However, if you have decided that you want a procedure done for yourself and have familiarized yourself with what it entails, the next step is to choose a reputable, certified surgeon who can walk you through the process. Before going in for your consultation, do your research and prepare some questions to help you choose the right surgeon.

While Dr. Miami promotes a fun, easy-going atmosphere, the bottom line is that you should choose a trusted surgeon with whom you feel comfortable. Dr. Miami prides himself on not being the stereotypical stuffy, uptight surgeon, but the most valuable quality of any surgeon is his or her dedication to providing you with the results you want.