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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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New Bengali Cartoon Channel Launched on YouTube

The Channel on YouTube would provide infotainment and also teach basic education to the kids, it said in a release

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A world of newly-created Bengali animated cartoon characters like Neel, Pari, Rex, Packi, Stegy, Tops and Tero under the title “Dhinchak Dino”, opened up for the kids with the launch of MOOPLE television channel here on Wednesday.

Actors Dev and Koel Mullick inaugurated the channel in the presence of children, marking the Children’s Day celebrations.

The Channel on YouTube would provide infotainment and also teach basic education to the kids, it said in a release.

MOOPLE TV is the umbrella brand of Hi-Tech Animation, a Kolkata-based animation firm. The Channel would flag off with a series of animated cartoons in Bengali to be followed by similar series in Hindi and other Indian regional languages.

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Hi-Tech Animation has plans to invest Rs 8 crore initially in the new venture for content creation in Bengali and other regional languages. The plan is to come up with a Bengali Satellite Cartoon Channel within two years, said its founder and Managing Director Subrata Roy.

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“We thought of starting in YouTube because it is a free channel and would be easily accessible to the children over mobile phones and other hand-held gadgets. Also, we thought of starting with Bengali animated cartoons because besides in Bangladesh and India, there is a huge Bengali diaspora across the world.

“We plan to come up with a Satellite Cartoon Channel within two years. Over the period of time we’ll come up with merchandising and licensing of our different cartoon characters,” said Roy. (IANS)