RealSelf is Changing the Face of Plastic Surgery Online

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2018 RealSelf Fellowship Grant Honoree Dr. Wayne F. Larrabee

More than 5 billion people lack access to basic surgical care to help repairable conditions like birth defects, burns, and other injuries. The need is especially profound in underdeveloped countries where medical teams who can perform these surgeries are scarce and outreach to remote communities is difficult.

To support vital, life-changing humanitarian trips that connect surgeons with underserved people and make a real impact on their confidence and quality of life. Seattle’s RealSelf, a worldwide resource for reconstructive surgery, created the RealSelf Fellowship.

“Through our global giving efforts, we hope to ensure transformative care for those most in need and furthest from access,” relates Tom Seery, RealSelf CEO.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Wayne F. Larrabee Jr. is the latest recipient of the 2018 RealSelf Fellowship grant.

Dr. Larrabee will be traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Seattle Alliance Outreach later this year to present an in-depth course on reconstruction of soft tissue defects. These defects can result from infections, trauma, or tumor excision. The goal of the mission is to not only treat patients but teach the local surgeons so they can perform similar procedures on their own in the future. The $7,500 grant from RealSelf will be applied toward the nonprofit-sponsored humanitarian trip.


“Our mission to Ethiopia will be combined with a trip to Ghana,” explained Dr. Larrabee. “In both areas we are working to train and build infrastructure to provide better surgical care for the underserved in these countries. ”

In the country of Ethiopia, the Seattle Alliance Outreach has been working to bring equipment as well as provide training to nurses and other staff. Dr. Larrabee and other surgeons, including three of his fellows, have been doing head and neck reconstructive procedures in the country. Dr. Larrabee is also the author of an acclaimed book on facial reconstruction.

RealSelf has changed the face of plastic surgery online by providing a forum for doctors and their patients to become better educated about various procedures, share their experiences online, and be able to view real pictures from real people who have been through the procedures.

Since its founding in 2006, the RealSelf site has grown into a trusted resource for tens of millions around the world. From plastic surgeons to facial surgeons, dermatologists, orthodontists, and bariatric surgeons, skilled doctors can be found on the site by practice, city, state and country. Those designated  RealSelf’s “Top Doctors” have provided a minimum of 75 answers to users’ questions online, provided 10+ new answers every 90 days, and have at least 3 patient reviews with above average overall ratings.

A RealSelf iPhone app has been created for ease of discovery. [24×7]

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