Plastic Surgery iPhone Apps

It’s beginning to seem like everyone has an iPhone. If you’ve had the opportunity to use one, you probably quickly realized that these little gadgets seem to do everything, not all of it exactly “useful.” Well, there are two new apps (applications) that I’ve been hearing about from my patients in Idaho Falls and Pocatello – plastic surgery apps.

What are they really? Well, iSurgeon offers users the opportunity to play games and visualize how they would look after various plastic surgery procedures. The other, the Shafer Plastic Surgery App, provides access to a database that answers frequently asked cosmetic surgery questions.

Opinions seem to differ about the appropriateness of these apps and what their broader social implications may be. As a surgeon, I’m interested in how the public feels about them. So, I’d like to hear from you. Are the apps fun, informative, or just plain silly?

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