The Oprah effect

People trust Oprah so much, they’re willing to plunk down thousands of dollars on cosmetic procedures, despite the medical risk:

But a number of doctors say such an impact is more problematic when the beauty treatment being featured is medical, with possible complications, rather than simply a cosmetic or spa procedure. In its desire to be the first show to introduce the latest anti-wrinkle options, “Oprah” sometimes features treatments before doctors have determined how effective they are, who they are best suited for and how safe they are, according to some leading dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

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  • Highbrow reader

    Hey, isn’t it your plastic surgeon’s job, not Oprah’s, to tell you the downside of a procedure, including new ones? Oprah’s job is just to let us old bags know what’s new and out there

    And hey, a quick look at Oprah.com shows today’show includes a segment about an instant facelift, without surgery, done with tweezers. Amazing.
    It works, I’ve had it done.

  • ipanema

    “….features treatments before doctors have determined how effective they are, who they are best suited for and how safe they are, according to some leading dermatologists and plastic surgeons. “

    >> Even the FDA can’t assure and determine the efficacy of products already in the market. I think there was a previous on this – post market effect. We still have recalls. Will there will be more? Some of these products SHOULD NOT be out until they’ve been studied properly. But that will take years and business can’t wait. Who approved these products available in the market? They should take some responsibilities together with the manufacturer, not just some ecstatic talk show host.

    I’m a fan by the way. I love it when she gives out houses and cars. :) Love her Katrina Project. When it comes to beauty products, I know myself better.

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