Is there a right way to watch cosmetic surgery on YouTube?

Knowing how to watch cosmetic procedures on YouTube can help you ensure that you’re getting all you can out of the experience. Many videos are created for entertainment purposes. Others are designed to educate audiences. Knowing the difference, and taking a critical eye to every video, can help you make sense of what you’re seeing. And given how huge YouTube is, we need all the help we can get!

One of the most interesting trends to watch in cosmetic surgery has been the tendency to make available for viewing the performance of individual procedures. In other words, surgeons are putting cosmetic procedures on YouTube. And, in general, that’s a good thing. The more transparency there is, the more prepared patients will be for their procedures.

Learning How to Watch Cosmetic Surgery Procedures on YouTube

But there are some caveats. Indeed, knowing how to watch cosmetic procedures on YouTube can help you get as much out of them as possible. Many of these YouTube videos don’t necessarily focus on the ways in which the procedures are performed—or the patient experience at all.

So finding the videos that apply to you and the procedure you’re getting is a vital part of your research (that is, if you’re using these videos for research). That’s why we’re offering a few tips about how to watch cosmetic procedures on YouTube if what you want is information instead of entertainment.

Information vs. Entertainment

There are so many videos on YouTube that it can be really, really difficult to find what you’re looking for sometime. That’s why searching for the precise procedure you’re researching can be helpful. Indeed, if you search for your surgeon by name, you might be able to find even more videos (that are quite specific to the procedure you want).

When you’re looking through these videos, it’s important to know the difference between a video that is intended for informational purposes and one that is intended for education (although, the two are often intertwined).

  • Videos intended for educational purposes will often present every single step of a procedure. They won’t hold back. In some cases, these videos might even discuss the precise injection point for a given treatment. Many of these videos will be very clear about the specifics of the procedure (the type of injectable used, the exact purpose, the before and after photos). Some videos may also follow up with patients at a later date.
  • Videos that are intended for entertainment purposes are often produced by someone other than a cosmetic surgeon. Entertainment videos will often focus on the “journey,” featuring a lengthy introduction or conclusion. In other words, these videos will often center around the personality of the star rather than the specifics of the procedure.

Not Mutually Exclusive

Educational and entertaining videos are not mutually exclusive. In fact, many times surgeons will try to use entertainment in order to make the learning go down a little more smoothly. And that’s not to say that you might not learn something form the “journey” aspect of it either (as those journeys will often focus on the end results). The journey is, if you’ll forgive the cliché, always worth it.

How Do You Find Good Videos?

The process of finding high quality YouTube videos can be daunting, especially due to the sheer number of them. However, you can bookmark videos you like and create playlists that you can go back and watch later. You can always add more videos to those playlists.

What’s more, you can subscribe to surgeons or personalities that you notice are creating the types of videos you are interested in. Don’t be surprised if YouTube starts to recommend videos for your as well or you start to get notifications on your phone when creators release new material.

Watching A Lot of Videos

Either way, it’s likely that you will be watching many, many videos. For many people, watching YouTube is a primary research method. That’s why more and more surgeons are trying to be transparent with their involvement in YouTube. Indeed, surgeon involvement can usually be broken up in two distinct ways:

  • Patient involvement: In these scenarios, surgeons will ask a patient if he or she would be willing to be filmed as part of a video.
  • Creator involvement: It’s also not uncommon for YouTube personalities or creators to seek out a surgeon and then ask the surgeon for permission to film and share the video.

However the videos are created, it’s important that surgeons take all necessary steps to protect the privacy of the patient where that is warranted.

Learn What You Can From Each Video

It’s also important that patients learn what they can from each and every video. Not all videos will be set up to make this easy—a video’s primary purpose might be entertainment. But if you go into every experience looking to learn something, you’ll start to glean some information.

And the more information you have, the easier it will be to know how to watch cosmetic procedures on YouTube. Because that research can always guide you to the next step. If nothing else, just keep watching videos until you know what you want to know.

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