A recent article on New York Times.com discussed Zwivel, an online site that connects interested people with prospective plastic surgeons. According to the article, cosmetic surgery is not only for the rich and famous anymore, thanks to reality shows that feature plastic surgeons. People also pay attention to infomercials that feature age-defying cosmetics, says the article.
People who are considering cosmetic surgery must go to a plastic surgeon for a consultation on Facebook. These appointments can cost as much as $500 each, says the article. To streamline the process, Dr. Gary Breslow and Dr. Craig Abramowitz created Zwivel.
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This site goes beyond medical advice via online chats, like the popular telemedicine site Healthtap, the article says. Zwivel lets doctors and patients evaluate each other before making any surgical commitment. The best part is that patients can send pictures and videos of themselves and ask the doctors questions about cosmetic work, free of charge, says the article.
As of now, there are about 28,000 patients and 1,400 doctors registered on the site, says Scott Kera, COO of Zwivel. He also is quoted in the article as saying that the company charges doctors $495 a month for a subscription fee. The company also makes a little money if prospective patients use lending companies such as Prosper Healthcare and CareCredit, says the article.
Dr. Breslow is from New York and got his plastic surgery degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, the article states. The whole consultation process became frustrating for him. He found that because of insufficient information about procedures and pricing, only about 36 percent of people who came in for consultations even had the surgery, says the article. He opined that if people could look at doctor’s credentials and ask pertinent questions beforehand, they may be more apt to have the surgery, says the article. That is why he had Zwivel created.
The article highlighted a success story about a patient, Amber Ingerman. She wanted breast enlargement surgery and was aggravated with the consultation process. Ingerman had racked up several hundred dollars worth of bills for consultations and had not even found a surgeon she liked, says the article.
Then, she found Zwivel and was introduced to Dr. Rod Rohrich. The article says that she was impressed with his credentials and booked a consultation with him. To her delight, she had a successful surgery a month later. She was so happy with Dr. Rohrich’s work, that she is considering another procedure. She has even recommended Zwivel to her mother.
Dr. Rod J. Rohrich practices plastic surgery in Dallas, TX. He is also a Professor of Plastic Surgery at the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Rohrich is known around the world as a plastic surgery expert and has been named one of the best in the United States.
He has been featured on several shows such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and The View. Rod Rohrich is often a top doctor that prospective patients consult on Zwivel. He has a natural talent to bring restoration to people’s faces.