Professionalism and Commercialism on Cosmetic Surgeons' Websites.

Health communication

PubMedID: 27419269

Park SY, Park S. Professionalism and Commercialism on Cosmetic Surgeons' Websites. Health Commun. 2016;1-8.
This study analyzed the homepages of 250 cosmetic surgeons' websites by focusing on the representation of cosmetic surgery providers, cosmetic surgery recipients, and cosmetic surgery practice itself. Based on a literature review, some common elements of the webpages were preidentified as the indicators of professionalism or commercialism. Subsequently, each homepage was scrutinized for their presence and salience. Overall, cosmetic surgeons' websites were high in professionalism and low in commercialism in their representation of the service providers. In depicting the recipients, the websites were moderate in both professionalism and commercialism. The representation of practice was low in professionalism and moderate in commercialism. IMPLICATIONS
of these findings for doctors, regulators, and consumer advocates are discussed and directions for future research are proposed.