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How not to choose a doctor

How not to choose a doctor

Postby Heatherrose » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:27 pm

I really miss the days when this message board was very active. People here were sharing real experiences. It was pretty easy to spot the posts that were written by doctors or someone writing on a doctor's behalf. Nowadays, posts about doctors are on yelp, ratemds, and realself and I have learned that most of the positive posts are fake. Doctors pay to get high visibility on sites like realself, and negative reviews get removed. Most of the positive reviews talk about the doctor and don't have photos. I am embarrassed to say that I fell for the positive reviews on realself and went to a highly rated doctor for injections under the eyes, and it turned out a mess.

The moral of the story is that the best way to find a doctor is by personal recommendation, either by a patient or another doctor that you know. If someone on the internet claims to be a satisfied patient, I would contact that person and get more information and photos.
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Re: How not to choose a doctor

Postby mixedasiandude » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:09 am

I think it's enough to google about a clinic, I don't think that good reputed clinics would not keep "bad" specialists. I do believe there should be some sites that are ranking those clinics.
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Re: How not to choose a doctor

Postby MmeVoyager » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:36 pm

Heatherrose, I could not agree with you more! I actually started a bit of a revolution on RealSelf - I began pointing out that all of the reviews written about Dr David Harley's facelift were written no more than 30 days after surgery while patients still had post surgical swelling and could not see final results. Very few patients posted any progress after a few months and many removed their pictures. In addition I found it odd that there were no "bad" reviews about the doctors which led me to realize RealSelf was scrubbing the negative reviews off the site because the Doctor is paying to advertise there. Its all a SCAM. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of choosing this doctor to perform my facelift based entirely on RealSelf reviews. The lift did not turn out as expected, and has caused me post surgical problems and ongoing expenses I am still having to deal with. The doctor won't even respond to my emails now and hasn't offered to do anything to help. I have been so upset I actually filed a complaint with the attorney general where RealSelf is based regarding internet fraud. Plastic surgery should NOT be purchased like goods bought on Amazon. This is surgery, its permanent, there aren't any refunds or returns, and the decision should not be made based on BS online reviews.
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Re: How not to choose a doctor

Postby Primate » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:45 pm

Thank you for writing this. I'm looking at a particular doctor for surgery and his RS reviews, Yelp, Instagram, pictures and reviews are all 5 stars. No one can be 100% perfect. His pictures are also so amazing, I'm wondering if they are photoshopped. I will eventually base my decision on an actual consultation and license check, but it's getting really hard these days figuring out what is real and what is fake.
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