Patients interested in aesthetic surgery actively search the Internet, a source that contains important but biased information.
The aim of this study was to assess the quality of patient information on autologous fat grafting available on the Internet.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
The quantitative and qualitative assessment of websites was based on a modified Ensuring Quality Information for Patients tool (EQIP-36 items). Websites were identified through the most popular search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, and AOL).
After duplicate and irrelevant sources were excluded, 608 remaining websites were assessed. Only 164 websites addressed >17 of the 36 items. Scores tended to be higher for academic centers and professional societies than for websites developed by private practitioners. The EQIP score achieved by websites ranged between 0 to 28, with a median value of 14 points.
The quality of patient information on lipofilling available on the Internet is very poor, and research on existing websites reveals substantial shortcomings. There is an urgent need for sources offering superior quality and unbiased information on lipofilling for patients who intend to undergo this procedure.