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Videos on Plastic Surgery Found on YouTube Can be Misleading, Study Reveals

YouTube is for marketing. The majority of the people who post these videos are trying to sell you something

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Do you turn to YouTube for advice on cosmetic surgery procedures? Beware, most of these are misleading marketing campaigns posted by non-qualified medical professionals, researchers have warned.

Researchers at the Rutgers University found that the millions of people who turn to YouTube as a source for education on facial plastic surgery receive a false understanding that does not include the risks of alternative options.

“Videos on facial plastic surgery may be mainly marketing campaigns and may not fully be intended as educational,” said lead author Boris Paskhover, Assistant Professor at the varsity.

For the study, the team evaluated 240 top-viewed videos with 160 million combined views that resulted from keyword searches for ‘blepharoplasty’, ‘eyelid surgery’, ‘dermal fillers’, ‘facial fillers’, ‘otoplasty’, ‘ear surgery’, ‘rhytidectomy’, ‘facelift’, ‘lip augmentation’, ‘lip fillers’, “rhinoplasty’ and/or ‘nose job’.

The researchers also evaluated the people who posted the videos, including whether they were health care professionals, patients or third parties.

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Even videos posted by legitimate board-certified surgeons may be marketing tools made to look like educational videos. Pixabay

A majority of videos did not include professionals qualified in the procedures portrayed, including 94 videos with no medical professional at all.

Even videos posted by legitimate board-certified surgeons may be marketing tools made to look like educational videos, Paskhover noted.

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“Patients and physicians who use YouTube for educational purposes should be aware that these videos can present biased information, be unbalanced when evaluating risks versus benefits and be unclear about the qualifications of the practitioner,” he said.

“YouTube is for marketing. The majority of the people who post these videos are trying to sell you something,” he stated. (IANS)

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T-Series May Soon Become No. 1 YouTube Channel

The T-Series YouTube channel began on March 13, 2006. It has 29 sub-channels and features songs and film trailers

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Indian film production house and music label T-Series needs slightly more than 800 subscribers to beat Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie’s channel and become the No 1 YouTube Channel.

Currently, T-series has over 90,337,357 subscribers while PewDiePie has subscribers with a count of 90,338, 188.

The battle between the two channels was going on for long. Even T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar started #BharatWins campaign on social media, urging people to help in making T-Series the world’s most subscribed YouTube channel.

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“There is an Indian YouTube channel on the brink of becoming World’s No.1. It has taken us a lot of effort to come this far. To take my father Mr. Gulshan Kumar’s dream forward, I started this channel.

“Today, it belongs to you, to the entire nation. It’s a historic moment for all of us. So let’s come together and subscribe to T-Series YouTube channel and make India proud,” Bhushan tweeted earlier this month.

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Many Bollywood celebrities such as Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor and John Abraham joined the online battle between PewDiePie and YouTube, to plead with netizens to subscribe to T-Series’ channel on YouTube.

The T-Series YouTube channel began on March 13, 2006. It has 29 sub-channels and features songs and film trailers. (IANS)