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Real Self 100 – Dr. Barry Eppley

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Real Self Indianapolis Dr Barry EppleyReal Self is one of the internet’s top sites for patient information on cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. If you are looking to have any face or body cosmetic surgery, Real Self is a great consumer website that is very much a social network for those who want have a procedure done or are looking to connect with those that already have. This website concept was created in 2006 by Tom Leary, who also helped create Expedia for travelers. It is an online community for learning and sharing information and experiences about cosmetic surgery. It is sort of a Facebook for cosmetic surgery but with input by professionals who have a lot of experience with the topics. Many people write in questions for the doctors who participate in Real Self to answer and one can receive just a few answers or up to a dozen from doctors across the country. Patients and doctors post before and after pictures and some patients share their cosmetic surgery experiences.

Real Self Dr Barry Eppley Indianapolis Plastic SurgeryFor 2013, Indianapolis plastic surgeon Dr. Barry Eppley was selected as one of Real Self’s top 100 doctors.As a Real Self 100 honoree, Dr. Eppley was recognized as a leading social media influencer in cosmetic surgery. This award is a testimony to his commitment and contributions throughout the 2013 year on the Real Self website. Contributions used to determine Real Self’s 100 include posted answers and photos as well as feedback shared by patients through reviews and stories. The recipient of this award were amongst the top 2% of the 6,000 doctors who are part of the Real Self doctor community.

In 2013, the 100 doctors on the list collectively impacted tens of millions of patients, with nearly 20% of our total site views centered on helpful answers and information posted by a relatively small group of doctors.

Real Self Top 100 Plastic Surgeon Dr. Barry Eppley

Saturday, May 4th, 2013


The internet is full of information on plastic surgery and many other beauty treatments. But how reliable is it? Can you trust what you read and would you go under the knife based on information that you have ‘Goggled’? Everyone’s knows that just because it is found and indexed highly on a web search does not necessarily make it gospel.

Thus the role of reliable information on a topic is internet gold if you can find. When it comes to plastic surgery, nothing would be more reliable than information provided by a board-certified plastic surgeon. And what if you can ask a question and get 10 or 15 plastic surgeons to answer that very question. That could be the equivalent of a mini-educational seminar.

This is the role that the website, Real Self, plays for plastic surgery. Started in 2006, it has over 3 million visitors each month and several thousand doctors of different educational backgrounds poised to answer patient questions from all over the world. The answers are based on each doctor’s own clinical experience and no two answers may be the same.

The decision to get a breast augmentation, tummy tuck or rhinoplasty for example are big ones for each person considering them. They require a big commitment of time and money and everyone is counseled to do their research. The opportunity to talk to get feedback from multiple plastic surgeons and to other people who have had the procedure or are considering it makes the whole experience more transparent.

Although they may be as many as 5,000 physicians who are enrolled on Real self to help answer patient questions, the 80:20 rule applies just like it does in many situations in life. The vast majority of information is provided by a minority of physician participants. Dr. Barry Eppley, Indianapolis board-certified plastic surgeon, was recently honored as a Real Self top 100 doctor by the company. Having answered over 2,500 patient questions, this places Dr. Eppley in the top 100 of all Real Self physicians. Answers have been given to a diverse number of primary and secondary plastic surgery problems.

Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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