The Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. George Bitar and Dr. Robert Centeno are recipients of this year’s RealSelf 100 award. The Fairfax plastic surgeons landed in the top 2 percent of members from the RealSelf doctor community thanks to their contributions to the social media site and positive feedback from patients and consumers. Making the top 100 is an incredible achievement. Dr. Bitar, Dr. Centeno, and their fellow RealSelf 100 award recipients were chosen from a pool of 6,000 member doctors in the RealSelf community.
What is RealSelf?
Founded in 2006, RealSelf is a website that helps patients make informed decisions about elective procedures. The community on RealSelf consists of doctors, including plastic surgeons and dermatologists, past plastic surgery patients, and people who are considering undergoing a surgical or other elective procedure.
Features on the website include reviews from patients on doctors and procedures, before and after photos, and questions and answers with doctors. The Q&A’s with doctors give patients additional insight to a particular procedure or allow them to weigh whether one procedure would be better for them than another.
According to a press release from RealSelf, more than half of all plastic-surgery patients perform online research for more than a year before making a decision. Twenty percent of patients research and gather information for more than three years. Having a strong presence on the site has allowed Dr. Bitar and Dr. Centeno to provide insight and information on the surgeries they perform to potential clients.
Dr. Bitar has 20 reviews from satisfied patients on RealSelf. He has an average rating of 5 stars in each of the categories, including “Wait Times” and “Doctor’s Bedside Manner.” Dr. Bitar has also taken the time to answer nearly 350 questions from patients since joining the site in 2012. He has answered questions on a wide range of plastic surgery topics, such as neck lifts, skin rippling from breast implants, and liposuction.
To give patients an idea of the type of results they can expect from specific procedures, Dr. Bitar has posted 80 before and after pictures on the site. Patients have responded in kind to his pictures, voting half of them as helpful.
Dr. Centeno has 20 reviews with an average rating of 5 stars from patients on RealSelf. He’s also provided answers to a stunning number of questions on the site – more than 1,000. Topics he’s addressed include Botox, breast augmentation, and mommy makeovers. Dr. Centeno has also posted almost 40 before and after photos to the site, showing results from procedures such as arm lifts, inner thigh lifts, and tummy tucks.
Being named to the RealSelf 100 for 2014 not only cements Dr. Bitar’s and Dr. Centeno’s place as top plastic surgeons. It also shows their dedication to patient knowledge and to helping people become well-informed consumers. Tom Seery, the founder and current CEO of RealSelf might have put it best when he said:
“In 2013, these 100 doctors collectively impacted tens of millions of consumers, with nearly 20 percent of our total site views centered on helpful answers and information posted by this relatively small group of social influencers. The doctors who spend valuable time to engage at this level know that social media is a powerful tool as they work to build authentic, meaningful brands online, as well as a connection with patients before they visit the practice.”
Congratulations to Dr. Bitar and Dr. Centeno on this achievement!
If you would like to learn more about your plastic surgery options and to discuss how surgery or a non-surgical procedure, such as Botox, Coolsculpting, or Cellusmooth could benefit you, you can reach out to the surgeons through RealSelf or contact the Bitar Institute in the Washington, DC, area for an in-person consultation. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bitar or Dr. Centeno, call (703) 206-0506 today.
George Bitar, MD, FACS is an award-winning, board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, the Founder and Medical Director of Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Virginia. He specializes in the latest surgical and minimally invasive techniques to scar management and reduction. Dr. Bitar is involved in groundbreaking research and education in plastic surgery and has authored numerous articles, abstracts, and chapters.