One of the newer trends we’re seeing a lot of on social media is women logging their entire plastic surgery experience from start to finish to share with the world. Replete with bloody photos and gory details of the procedures that they’ve opted to have done, this is yet another way to give a firsthand account of the ins and outs of plastic surgery.

According to Louisville, KY, plastic surgeon M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, social media is becoming a forum where younger generations seek out information. “Instagram, blogs, reviews, etc. are all extremely important for any plastic surgeon wanting to stay pertinent and reach this entire group of potential patients.” Part of the reason why we’re seeing so many women keep and digitally publish personal diaries of their plastic surgery procedures is simply because social media is the perfect place to do it and get the word out about the good, the bad and the ugly.

For plastic surgeons, a good experience that’s shared on social media goes a long way. Dr. Calobrace points out that, “Referrals from friends, family, physicians and previous clients are really valuable. A doctor telling you he or she is good is not nearly as reliable and powerful as others providing those critiques and referrals.” When considering surgery, it’s also helpful to get the ins and outs from someone who actually experienced the procedure themselves and documented it every step of the way.

But even if you read about one person’s experience, it’s important to know that there are still risks and complications that can arise from plastic surgery. Any type of surgery requires some recovery and downtime, which shouldn’t be taken lightly.