Be Choosy When Choosing Your Facelift Surgeon

Posted on: May 18th, 2017
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

If there’s ever a time to be “choosy,” it’s when you are selecting a surgeon to perform your facelift. The wrong choice could lead to disastrous consequences while the right choice could mean working with a surgeon who understands your goals and gives you even better results than you dreamed. Here are some tips for selecting a good surgeon that can give you a facelift with beautiful, natural-looking results.

Facelift Before and After Photos

What to Look For In a Facelift Surgeon

Board Certification in Plastic Surgery

Becoming certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) requires the surgeon to go above and beyond in the field of plastic surgery. A board-certified plastic surgeon has completed the required education and training in a specialty of medicine that is beyond the minimum requirements for obtaining a medical license. Additionally, the surgeon has passed specific examinations in the specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeons demonstrate extensive knowledge, training, and expertise in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Membership in ASPS and ASAPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) have rigorous standards for their member surgeons. These requirements include board certification in plastic and reconstructive surgery, continuing education, comprehensive exams, performing surgery only in accredited facilities, and more. A facelift surgeon you can trust will be a member of these organizations.

Years of Experience

“Practice makes perfect” is not an empty phrase. Experience is the best teacher and provides many different circumstances in which to work so that the surgeon is ready for anything he may encounter. If a problem occurs during the procedure, an experienced surgeon will be better prepared to identify the situation quickly and navigate around it safely. Choosing a plastic surgeon with years of experience performing facelifts is definitely something you should consider when choosing your facelift surgeon.

Forward Thinking Strategies

Forward-thinking surgeons choose to learn about and use the best techniques, technologies, and supplies available. For example, the most forward-thinking facelift surgeons are not using drains but are using TISSEEL fibrin sealant to reduce bleeding and drainage. A surgeon that is using the latest technologies and techniques can usually provide the safest and best experience.

Other Important Points

Once you’ve narrowed your options, be sure to have a list of questions to ask your surgeon during your consultation. You should feel completely satisfied and comfortable with the surgeon’s answers to your questions and how the surgeon responds to you. Look at as many of the surgeon’s before and after photos as possible because these will give you a visual indicator of the quality of the surgeon’s results. Look carefully at how the skin pulls, how clean and inconspicuous the scars look, etc. The best facelift surgeon will also recommend whether complete facial rejuvenation would be better accomplished with additional procedures as well. Yours may recommend combining your facelift with an eyelid liftbrow lift, and/or laser resurfacing around the mouth and under the eyes. The most natural facelift results are achieved with an experienced and skilled surgeon who understands precisely what your individual needs are and how to help you.

Benjamin Schlechter, MD, FACS, is a forward-thinking, board-certified plastic surgeon who meets all the above criteria and more. With more than 20 years of experience and memberships in the ASPS and ASAPS, Dr. Schlechter is well prepared to answer your questions and perform your facelift to your complete satisfaction. To schedule your complimentary consultation, please call (610) 624-2740 or contact us online today.

Dr. Schlechter’s New Features in NewBeauty

Posted on: January 21st, 2017
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

NewBeauty Magazine CoverDr. Benjamin Schlechter is once again being featured in NewBeauty magazine. NewBeauty has a reputation for inspiring the public and helping them find beauty secrets, must-have products, and experts to work with in plastic surgery, dermatology, and cosmetic dentistry. Their feature on Dr. Schlechter highlights his expertise as an esteemed plastic surgeon as well as the great lengths he goes to for the safety, comfort, and care his patients need. By providing patients with “the most cutting-edge technology and surgical techniques and […] sophisticated care,” Dr. Schlechter says, “I have made my dream a reality.” To learn more about Dr. Schlechter and how he can help you achieve your beauty ideals, check out his feature in the January issue of NewBeauty magazine.

Article in NewBeauty Magazine Featuring Dr. Schlechter

In addition to his feature in the January issue of NewBeauty, Dr. Schlechter is also quoted in an article published February 6th on This article, titled “8 Doctors Reveal the Best Retinols to Buy,” features Dr. Schlechter’s recommendation. Dr. Schlechter recommends ZO Skin Health Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus because it can encourage healthy skin cell renewal and increase collagen production in addition while promoting even cell-by-cell exfoliation with retinol. Dr. Schlechter is happy to offer his expertise and professional beauty tips to help you rejuvenate your appearance.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter frequently performs breast augmentation, facelift surgery, and a wide variety of other surgical and non-surgical procedures to help patients reach their aesthetic goals. To schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Schlechter, call us at (610) 624-7240 or fill out our online contact form today.

Common Reasons for Breast Revision

Posted on: January 10th, 2017
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Even the safest surgical procedures are not without risk. While there are ways to avoid plastic surgery mishaps, procedures such as breast augmentation can lead to complications or dissatisfying results that require revisionary surgery. If you experience the following complications or issues after your breast augmentation procedure, Dr. Schlechter can expertly perform breast revision to eliminate your concerns and improve your results.

Breast Revision Surgery Before and After Photos

Surgical Complications

While rare, surgical complications may unexpectedly occur after breast augmentation. Complications with breast implants are not uncommon despite the procedure being performed properly, but they can nonetheless occur with varying degrees of risk for any woman with breast implants. Common complications that require breast revision surgery include:

  • Capsular Contracture: The scar tissue constricts around the implant, causing the breast to become unnaturally firm, cold, and painful.
  • Bottoming Out: The implant slips below the breast crease, causing the upper portion of the breast to collapse and the nipple to point upward.
  • Double Bubble Deformity: The implant is pushed upward so that the breast tissue sags beneath it, or the implant slips downward so that the breast tissue appears to sit on top of it. Either situation leads to the appearance of two bubbles.
  • Rupture or Deflation: The implant shell tears, causing the filling to spill out into the breast pocket. Implant rupture or deflation is usually noticeable with saline implants but may only be detected by an MRI in the case of silicone implants.
  • Synmastia: The implant shifts toward the center, creating a “uniboob.” This issue is quite rare and is usually caused by poor technique on the part of the original surgeon.
  • Implant Malposition or Shift: The implant is vertically or laterally displaced because it has shifted within the pocket. This complication usually produces noticeable breast asymmetry with an unnatural appearance or position of one or both breasts.
  • Implant Rotation: An anatomical implant rotates within the breast pocket, creating an unnatural breast shape.

Some of these issues may compound, leading to an even greater need for surgical correction. Dr. Schlechter can correct each of these issues with breast revision surgery. The technique used for your breast revision may involve adjustment of the breast tissue and breast pocket, removal of scar tissue, and/or replacement of the implant(s). Dr. Schlechter is known for having a remarkably low rate of capsular contracture (less than one percent in contrast to the national average of 15 percent), and he can significantly reduce your risk of recurrent complications.

Other Reasons for Breast Revision

Other reasons for breast revision are primarily elective and may include:

  • Size Change: The implants may be exchanged for smaller or larger ones according to the patient’s preference. Implant size change may be desired shortly after surgery or many years afterward.
  • Implant Type Change: The implants may be exchanged for implants of a different material or type according to the patient’s preference.
  • Implant Removal: If desired, the implants may be permanently removed.

Adjustment of the breast pocket and breast tissue as well as accompanying breast lift surgery may be needed if breast revision is performed for these reasons. Unlike with surgical complications, breast revision surgery is not technically necessary unless the woman is unhappy with her results. If you would like to improve your results after breast augmentation, Dr. Schlechter can perform breast revision surgery to help you achieve the results you desire.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Benjamin Schlechter, MD, FACS has over 20 years of experience in plastic surgery. If you are interested in breast revision surgery, Dr. Schlechter can help. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call (610) 624-2740 or contact us online today.

Advances in Breast Implant Technology

Posted on: November 21st, 2016
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Natrelle®Breast Implant technology has improved immensely over the past few years. Recently, Allergan’s Natrelle® implants have been FDA approved with highly cohesive gel, which is the same silicone gel as in the Natrelle® 410 shaped implants that have been available for a few years. The Natrelle INSPIRA® line of implants has 30 percent more gel fill, which reduces the risk of rippling and also provides for potentially better projection of the implant.

Mentor® MemoryShape® Breast ImplantsMentor®’s silicone gel implants are made in the United States at their plant in Texas, and the MemoryShape® Breast Implants have a cohesive gel fill that is quite natural filling. The use of shaped implants has gained popularity for primary breast augmentation. Implants now come in literally hundreds of sizes and shapes, which allows Dr. Schlechter to better tailor the implant to the patient and results in more accurately achieving the result the patient desires.

Saline implants continue to be available. The drawback with traditional saline implants is that the implants have a scalloped edge that can be noticeable at the side of the chest where the tissue is the thinnest over the implant. Saline implants also have an increased tendency for visible rippling, particularly in women who have smaller breasts and less soft tissue coverage of the implants.

IDEAL IMPLANT®A new generation saline implant that is FDA approved is now available, which is called the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. The IDEAL IMPLANT® is filled with saline. However, due to its unique structure, the IDEAL IMPLANT® has the feel of a silicone gel implant without the use of silicone gel.


The feel of the IDEAL IMPLANT® is not from the saline but from internal baffles oriented inside the implant. This internal structure prevents the implant from losing volume at the upper part of the implant when the patient is upright and also prevents the fluid wave that can occur when the implant is touched. The IDEAL IMPLANT® conforms nicely to the patient’s chest wall and does not have the issues of rippling and scalloping as a traditional saline implant may have. Patients do not need to be concerned about silent rupture of the implant. If a saline implant leaks, whether it is a traditional saline implant or the IDEAL IMPLANT®, the patient will notice a deflation. The five-year risk of deflation of the IDEAL IMPLANT® is quite low.

Breast Augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed. To find out more about breast augmentation surgery, contact Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Call us today at (610) 624-2740 or fill out our online consultation form.

KYBELLA®: An Effective Non-Surgical Treatment for a Double Chin

Posted on: November 18th, 2016
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

double-chinDevelopments in plastic surgery have recently led to the approval of a new injectable drug known as KYBELLA®. KYBELLA® can effectively eliminate a double chin without any surgery in as little as one treatment. This new treatment, already highly in demand, is now offered by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter and can give you a more attractive, defined, and slender neckline.

Causes of a Double Chin

A double chin is a colloquial term referring to excess fat or fullness beneath the chin. This area, known as the submental region, can accumulate fat that resists exercise and dieting. The most common causes of submental fullness are weight gain, genetics, and aging. Unfortunately for many individuals, a double chin makes them look older, overweight, and less attractive. In fact, in a 2015 consumer survey on cosmetic dermatologic procedures by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 67 percent of survey respondents indicated that they were bothered by excess fat under their chin.

How KYBELLA® Works

KYBELLA® is a treatment designed to eliminate submental fullness and restore a smoother, thinner neckline. As an injectable drug, KYBELLA® works like many other injectables. Patients come in for treatment and receive KYBELLA® injections directly beneath the chin. After a short 20-minute treatment, patients can return to their normal activities. Patients will experience swelling for a few days to a week. Over the following four to six weeks, KYBELLA® breaks down the persistent fat cells, and the lymphatic system flushes them out of the body. Within just a few weeks after the treatment, most patients will see noticeable results. Patients will typically require at least two and possibly up to six treatments with KYBELLA®, after which the results will be permanent. KYBELLA® permanently eliminates a double chin without surgery and can help you achieve a more youthful, slender, and attractive appearance.

To learn more about KYBELLA® treatments, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Schlechter. Call our office at (610) 624-2740 or fill out our online contact form to book your consultation today.

The Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Guide

Posted on: October 31st, 2016
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Brazilian Butt Lift Before and After PhotosPatients who are considering a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) may wonder what the recovery period will be like after surgery. Dr. Schlechter and his staff will do everything possible to help the recovery be as painless and successful as possible. This guide will go over what to expect during recovery and what patients can do during recovery to guarantee the best possible results from their BBL.

What To Expect During Recovery


Soreness, bruising, tenderness, and redness may occur beginning soon after surgery. These symptoms of discomfort or distress to the tissues are temporary and can be minimized with prescription pain medications. Any discomfort should subside within a few weeks.

Activity and Sitting

Patients must be driven home by a friend or family member after their Brazilian butt lift. All patients should avoid sitting as much as possible for three full weeks after BBL surgery; sitting during this time can compromise the results. Most patients can return to work after three weeks of recovery. For patients whose jobs do not require periods of prolonged sitting, it may be appropriate to return to work after two weeks based on how healing has progressed. Exercise should be avoided for approximately six weeks after surgery.

The Curve Cure Cushion

Dr. Schlechter provides all of his BBL patients with the Curve Cure Cushion, a product designed specifically for use during recovery after a Brazilian butt lift. The Curve Cure Cushion helps reduce pressure on sensitive areas and provide necessary support for the back and legs while the body heals. With the Curve Cure Cushion, patients can sit back without risking the quality of their results. This device is easily transportable and can be used virtually anywhere, such as in the car, at home, and at work.

Fat Resorption

After the surgery, the body will reabsorb approximately 20 to 40 percent of the newly grafted fat. Dr. Schlechter accounts for this by injecting excess fatty tissue so that after fat resorption, there will be sufficient adipose tissue remaining to permanently augment the buttocks as desired.

Other Elements

During recovery, patients may also be given instructions regarding other elements such as antibiotics and how to look out for signs of complications. These details are provided to patients prior to the surgery so that they can appropriately prepare for the procedure.

How to Guarantee the Best Results During Recovery

Patients should follow all of Dr. Schlechter’s recommendations during recovery if they wish to achieve the greatest results after their procedure. In particular, patients should follow the recommendation to avoid sitting as much as possible for three full weeks and use the Curve Cure Cushion whenever sitting is necessary. In addition, patients should sleep on their side or stomach at night to avoid putting pressure on the fat grafts. After approximately six to eight months, the final results will be noticeable. By following the instructions provided by Dr. Schlechter, patients can look forward to the most gratifying results and a more attractive body shape after Brazilian butt lift surgery.

Brazilian butt lift surgery can enhance your body shape and give you the firm, round, shapely backside that you desire. Schedule your personal consultation for BBL surgery with Dr. Benjamin Schlechter to learn more. Call (610) 624-2740 or complete our online contact form to book your consultation with us today.

New Breast Implant Available: FDA Approves Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive Breast Implants

Posted on: October 7th, 2016
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

breast-implantsAdvancements in plastic surgery have led to the development of new breast implants that can offer women even better results from breast surgeries. Each newly developed product must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so that patients can be assured of its safety for use. Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants have recently been approved by the FDA and are now being offered as an excellent option for breast implants here at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery.

Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive Breast Implants

The new Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants are designed for a soft feel with the fullest roundness. Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive implants are filled with cohesive silicone gel and are available in multiple sizes and projections so that women can personalize their look. Due to their high gel-fill ratio and highly cohesive gel, Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive implants offer improved fullness and roundness to provide patients with more customizable options. These implants are also more likely to maintain their shape long-term and may reduce the risk of implant irregularities and rippling. The cohesive gel in Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants helps the implants resist tissue compression and minimizes distortion and gel migration in the unlikely event of implant rupture.

Now Available at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Dr. Schlechter is now offering Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive implants to provide his breast augmentation, breast revision, and breast reconstruction patients with more options that can help them achieve the best possible results. Patients who are most likely to benefit from these new implants are those who desire a fuller and rounder look, patients with thin breast tissue who are at a higher risk of rippling, patients who need lower breast pole expansion, and patients who are undergoing breast reconstruction with implants. With Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants now approved by the FDA, many more women will be able to experience even better results and achieve their aesthetic goals with breast surgery.

To learn more about the newly approved Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants or other breast implant options available at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery, schedule your personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Benjamin Schlechter, MD, FACS. Please call us at (610) 624-2740 or complete our online contact form to request your consultation today.

Dr. Schlechter Is Featured in New Beauty Magazine

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

new-beauty-2016Recognition for skilled plastic surgeons can come in different forms, from patients expressing gratitude to the presentation of prestigious awards. For Dr. Schlechter, recent recognition has come as a featured profile in the September issue of
New Beauty magazine. With this feature, New Beauty has honored Dr. Schlechter and has given its audience a chance to learn about Dr. Schlechter as a valued and reputable plastic surgeon in Pennsylvania.

About New Beauty

New Beauty is a unique magazine devoted exclusively to providing readers with comprehensive information on the latest advancements in plastic surgery and other related industries, such as dermatology and cosmetic dentistry. Its pages are also filled with expert advice, beauty secrets, and essential products. The magazine is a source of inspiration for many and is a great place for patients to find expert surgeons like Dr. Schlechter to help them reach their beauty ideals.

New Beauty Profile of Dr. Benjamin Schlechter

About the Feature

“Artistry, skill, and compassion” are the three words used to describe Dr. Schlechter in his New Beauty profile. The feature highlights his way of treating patients like family, as he states, “I treat every patient as I would expect to be treated.” It also highlights some of the latest treatments Dr. Schlechter uses, including the controlled depth TCA peel and SmartSkin® CO2 laser resurfacing, as well as his most popular procedures (breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, eyelid and facelift surgery). New Beauty honored Dr. Schlechter by also asking him about his dream innovation: to cure breast cancer and develop a longer-lasting neuromodulator that could replace injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Xeomin®. Check out his feature in the September issue of New Beauty to learn more about Dr. Schlechter and how he can help you achieve your beauty goals.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter has been board-certified for more than 20 years and has performed over 20,000 plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Schlechter specializes in tummy tuck surgery, facial injectables, body contouring, breast surgeries, facelift surgery, skin care, rhinoplasty, and other highly sought-after procedures at his office in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Schlechter, call (610) 624-2740 or complete our online contact form today.

Daddy Do-Over

Posted on: September 21st, 2016
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

dad-and-sonMany mothers seek the acclaimed Mommy Makeover procedure to restore their flat waistlines, eliminate stubborn fat, and reshape their breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, women are not the only ones affected by time, aging, and parenthood. Men can also pack on unwanted fat around the chest and abdomen due to stress, sleep deprivation, take-out dinners, and more. For fathers or any men who’d like to enhance their bodies, male plastic surgery procedures can be combined into a “Daddy Do-Over” so they can reclaim a more masculine, firm, and youthful body shape.

Procedures to Include in Your Daddy Do-Over

Like the Mommy Makeover, the Daddy Do-Over can be entirely customized to include several different procedures to reshape your body. When you meet with Dr. Schlechter, he will evaluate your goals and recommend the most appropriate procedures for your needs. For example, women who get a Mommy Makeover often undergo tummy tuck surgery, breast surgery, and/or liposuction. Likewise, it is common for men to undergo tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, and/or gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) surgery as part of the Daddy Do-Over.

  • Liposuction: Weight gain leads to fat accumulation in many areas of the body, especially the abdomen, thighs, hips, back, and chest. Liposuction permanently extracts excess fat from the body to improve its contour. Dr. Schlechter will insert a thin, hollow tube through tiny incisions into the target area(s) and suction out the fat deposits. Afterward, areas of fullness will be firmer and flatter, and your body shape will be more attractive and masculine.
  • Tummy Tuck: For men with stubborn abdominal fat, loose abdominal skin, and lax abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck may be more fitting. Dr. Schlechter will make an incision along the lower abdomen through which he will tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat. The result of tummy tuck surgery is a flatter, firmer, tighter, and more defined abdomen.
  • Gynecomastia Surgery: Some men develop excess breast tissue or fat in the chest area. Dr. Schlechter can perform gynecomastia surgery to create a firmer and better-contoured chest. First, he will remove excess fat from the chest by performing liposuction, after which he may use surgical excision to remove excess skin and breast tissue if necessary.

Additional Options

The above three procedures will go a long way in enhancing the male body shape. However, if you are in need of other procedures instead of or in addition to these procedures, Dr. Schlechter can go over other options with you. These may include a facelift, KYBELLA®, neck lift surgery, eyelid surgery, and more. Your Daddy Do-Over can help you reclaim your youthful, masculine body so that you can feel more confident and attractive.

If you are interested in learning more about the Daddy Do-Over and how it could help you, schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Benjamin Schlechter today. Dr. Schlechter is a board-certified plastic surgeon and has helped thousands of patients over more than 20 years. To schedule your appointment, call (610) 624-2740 or fill out our online contact form today.

New Brazilian Butt Lift Technique Available at Our Practice

Posted on: July 5th, 2016
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Beautiful people tend to be beautiful from every angle. From the front side to the backside, beauty ideals value a shapely derrière just as much as a flat tummy and firm breasts. The Brazilian Butt Lift can help you achieve the round, shapely buttocks you desire and tone your body at the same time. Using advanced fat transfer techniques, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter can redistribute your body fat to your buttocks where it is needed and create a fuller and firmer backside.

Brazilian Butt Lift Before and After Photos

The Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) improves the size and shape of your buttocks using your own body fat. Dr. Schlechter will first harvest excess fat from your abdomen or another area where you have more fat than you desire. Once Dr. Schlechter prepares the fat, he will strategically reinject it into your backside to improve volume, shape, and lift. Essentially, the BBL can turn a flat, saggy buttocks into a round, firm, and lifted buttocks while also improving your body contour in other areas.

Advanced Training With the BBL Guru

Any individual who has undergone a cosmetic surgery procedure can appreciate the value of a skilled surgeon with advanced training. Dr. Schlechter recently had the opportunity to observe the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure from a world-renowned plastic surgeon located in Miami who is known as the “guru” of the BBL. This opportunity has allowed Dr. Schlechter to master a state-of-the-art BBL technique, which he offers at his practice in Wyomissing, Berks County.

The Curve Cure Cushion

In addition to his advanced BBL training, Dr. Schlechter provides the “Curve Cure Cushion” for all his BBL patients.

Curve Cure The Curve Cure Cushion is a revolutionary BBL recovery product that provides support for the legs and back during recovery after a BBL. Patients who have undergone a Brazilian Butt Lift with Dr. Schlechter can experience many other benefits while using the Curve Cure Cushion during recovery. Examples of these benefits include better support for optimal healing, reduced pressure to sensitive areas, and the conveniences of a cushion that is transportable, lightweight, easily maintained, and adjustable in size.

Dr. Benjamin Schlechter’s state-of-the-art Brazilian Butt Lift technique can give you the round and shapely derrière you desire and tone your body where you need it. Take advantage of the expertise and artistic talent that Dr. Schlechter has to offer all his BBL patients. Call (610) 624-2740 or fill out our online contact form to request your consultation today.

Our Location

Benjamin Schlechter M.D.
2603 Keiser Blvd Suite 207
Wyomissing PA 19610
(610) 624-2740

Get Directions
Connect with Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery on our social networks