By Sacha Obaid
From movies to television to the Internet, talk of plastic surgery and images of cosmetically enhanced celebrities is everywhere. But where can prospective patients get honest, unbiased, and accurate information about cosmetic surgery? In addition to our website, there are a number of mobile apps designed for prospective cosmetic patients, and many of them are quite useful—not to mention free! Below, we highlight four free cosmetic surgery apps that provide great, accurate information for anyone interested in plastic surgery.
The RealSelf app is a fantastic resource for accessible information about just about any cosmetic procedure you could imagine–from breast augmentation to mommy makeovers–and does a great job of tying you in to the massive RealSelf.com community, where users from all over the world—including many cosmetic surgeons—answer patient questions and have ongoing conversations about the latest trends in plastic surgery. Also included is a library containing thousands of before-and-after photos, showing clearly what can be expected following each type of cosmetic procedure. In addition, the RealSelf.com community rates individual procedures, providing you with numerous points of view on the surgery or treatment you might be seeking.
2. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
Want a cosmetic surgery app you can really trust? Then go no further than Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, an excellent app provided by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Produced and distributed by one of the most important organizations in the industry, this app is practically guaranteed to have up-to-the-minute news and information about any cosmetic surgery you might be considering. In addition to the steady stream of industry info, the app also includes a database of plastic surgery terminology to help you decipher the medical jargon you encounter as you research procedures. Finally, once you are ready to go for a consultation, this app can help find ASAPA-connected surgeons located nearby.
3. The Plastic Show
If you are looking for more detailed information about the experiences of individual patients, then this app might be a good one to try. The Plastic Show pulls together the best online videos in which actual cosmetic surgery patients describe the procedures they have undergone and document their transformations with before-and-after clips. Their stories are accompanied by other information relevant to those considering plastic surgery, including medical facts about particular cosmetic surgery techniques and information about body dysmorphic disorder.
Another great app that can help prepare for you for any type of cosmetic procedure, BuildMyBod works like an architect’s cost estimating tool, putting together a quote for what it will cost to get the body of your dreams. One great feature is that almost all available procedures – not just surgeries – are included in this app, meaning that the skin rejuvenation and laser hair removal you might want to finish off your new look can be included in your calculations. Like the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery app above, BuildMyBod also connects you to a database of local surgeons when you are ready to start your consultations.