Data on demographics, referral source, patient’s concern, and their facial procedures were recorded. Web-based referral sources include website and Instagram. Non-web-based counterparts were the word-of-mouth, medical professionals, and others (TV, radio, printed media). Patient concerns were either cosmetic or noncosmetic (functional). Patients who underwent facial cosmetic surgery and injections (botulinum toxin A, filler, fat) were categorized in the cosmetic procedure group. Patients with functional procedures with or without facial injections were categorized in the noncosmetic procedure group. The conversion rate was defined as the ratio of the number of referrals with different facial procedures to the total number of referrals.
Included were 19,965 patients, majority of whom (63.3%) had cosmetic concern. Total, cosmetic, and noncosmetic conversion rates were 30.1%, 27.7%, and 2.4% for the web-based and 24.1%, 19.8%, and 4.3% for the non-web-based referrals, respectively (0.3 < p 20 years of age (p = 0.03). It was also significantly (p < 0.001) higher in the referrals with cosmetic (28.3%) than noncosmetic (12.1%) concern. Gender and year of practice did not have a significant effect on the conversion rates.
Conversion rates were not significantly different between the web-based and non-web-based referrals. A significantly higher cosmetic conversion rate was observed for the referrals with cosmetic concern and older than 20 years.
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