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Would you let your surgeon post your procedure on social media?

Posted at 5:25 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 20:25:06-04

Would you let your doctor put your medical procedure on social media? More and more doctors are now posting live videos from inside the operating room or doctor's office and sharing them publicly.

Body by Leverett in Phoenix posts several kinds of in office procedures like chin lifts, botox injections, and other facial treatments.

"It allows the surgeons to educate the public on what's going on, what's new," said Dr. Larry Leverett. "It allows you to demystify some of the errant myths that are out there, and it allows them in a non-confrontational way to interact with the office."

Body by Leverett says education is first and foremost, but showing these procedures also helps people ask the questions they may be afraid to ask in person while the procedure is going on live.

But, Dr. Leverett argues that some procedures should not be posted. Putting significant surgeries on Facebook Live to him, is, "unethical--that's theatrics."

"When I'm in the operating room, I don't video, when I'm in the operating room, the most important patient is the patient on the table--not the next potential patient," said Leverett.

Whenever a procedure is posted, it is carefully explained, so viewers can see exactly what the procedure entails. Body by Leverett says most patients are happy to post on social because they're happy with their results and want others to see, but would you feel comfortable with it? In the end, it's up to the patient to decide.