We all know the media sensationalises things, and quite often the things you read are Just Not True. Unfortunately in the cut-throat world of media, the facts are often sidelined in order to get a good story. When it comes to the media promoting untrue information about what might or might not be good for your health and wellbeing, that is the scariest concern of all. We come across news stories, articles, blogs and websites all the time who promote less than factual information, and it can be extremely frustrating to think that the general public is going to believe that information, especially if it’s coming from a supposedly reliable source. We want to remind you to question and cross reference what your reading when you’re doing your research or making decisions about what procedures or treatments you might be considering, and question Is the news you’re reading real? Can you trust the media? Is there data that has been published, and if so has it been published by a reliable source, has it been referenced and are the authors properly qualified to be proffering such information?
Finding quality information
One of the reasons why I started Plastic Surgery Hub was because as a patient I was finding it hard to find quality information from someone who’d been through what I was going through. I realised that there was a complete lack of information for the patient or consumer about the facts and ins and outs of the procedure I’d had. That was about five years ago, and during that time myself and our wonderful team have built this website up to hopefully be an invaluable source of information for anyone researching their procedure, and our closed and private Facebook Groups with tens of thousands of followers can support each other and tell it how it is. We don’t have any other motivation here, other than making sure you’ve got the facts.
A good example is all the publicity surrounding breast implants and cancer over the past couple of years. There was a bit of a scare campaign initially, as the media picked it up, and many women were extremely concerned that because they had implants they were going to get cancer. We recognised that this was an extremely important subject to talk about and find out about so we spoke to some of Australia’s leading surgeons about exactly what the concerns were, what ALCL is (the name given to the cancer that had been linked to the implants) and steps women should take if they truly were concerned they might be affected. This topic still rises its head every now and then, as it should, so that women can ensure they are informed. The problem is that every now and then, the media doesn’t give you the correct information.
What we’re saying is that if you read something in the media, especially if it affects you, and it’s something that might change the way you think about something, you definitely want to read more than that one article on the subject. You’ll want to head to our website, or any other website where you find good information – government websites and industry group websites are usually a good place to start. Example, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) is a reliable source of information that we use a lot here at the Hub.
Don’t forget, we’re here to help. If you have any questions regarding anything to do with a plastic surgery procedure, aesthetic treatment or anything else, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or jump over to the live chat on our website where even if we’re not able to answer you straight away you can still send the message and we’ll get back to you asap.