Twitter has become an important resource for people seeking information about plastic surgery. But only a small percentage of plastic surgery “tweets” consist of evidence-based information posted by credentialed plastic surgeons, according to a report in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery┬«, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

“Twitter provides a great opportunity to engage with and educate patients and the public about plastic surgery,” comments Dr. Olivier Alexandre Branford of The Royal Marsden Hospital, London, lead author of the new article. “But all too often, the conversation is dominated by celebrity gossip and marketing by practitioners who aren’t Board-certified plastic surgeons.”