About The YTF Cosmetic Surgery Network
Yes They're Fake started out as a small AOL Hometown page in 1998 after
I was down for recovery from my first surgery, a transumbilical breast
augmentation (TUBA). Soon after my homepage went online I had had
a few more procedures and started documenting them as well.
This triggered a small following from patients on AOL who were looking
for information on cosmetic surgery procedures. Even if I hadn't had the
procedure they were looking for, I would research the information for
them and document the pros and cons, risks, and costs and upload it to
my homepage. The need for a discussion forum arose and YTF was
pretty much born.
YTF had been non-profit for
about 5 years until it was either sink or swim, ergo make money or shut
her down. We decided to take on surgeon sponsors. We were
able to keep a good
balance between being able to make a living, and only listing surgeons
which we felt were exceptional and had a great bedside manner. Granted word of mouth kept the
popular surgeons in business and they had no need to really advertise
their services, so we never truly had every city and state covered. We constantly monitored
our sponsoring surgeons' patients'
feedback, results, and disciplinary status. We eventually
got into a groove and were making enough to support the costs of what
grew into a large network of 19 plastic surgery procedure-specific
In 2006, due
to a partnership dissolution, my partner and I sold 18 of these websites to
a company, who later sold the network to yet another cosmetic
surgery group in 2010 (I
retained YTF). In 2010, I entered into a partnership with a friend
of mine, Heather Bakker, who wanted to create websites to replace the
ones we wished we still had. You live you learn ;) So I now write
the content and we run
LipAugmentationCentral.com. Heather and I met on YTF over 10 years ago and have been friends ever
since. She has had almost as
many procedures as I have. She is extremely knowledgeable and very
supportive and understanding of what it takes to go through the entire
process. her background is in nursing, specifically home health care,
which she loves very much.
Why Is This Site Named "Yes They're Fake" Anyway??
The reason the site
is named, Yes They're Fake, is originally because of my breast
augmentation and was a "screen name" given to me as a joke. I had a small personal website and once I
started researching more procedures due to requests by others, the website grew from there.
That's it! No mystery, no major saga. I do want to say that it does not
mean if you have plastic surgery you are considered fake, nor are the photos or
stories shared on this website fake. These are real people with real feelings
just like you. No one should be looked badly upon for seeking out
cosmetic plastic surgery. No one. As I always say, live and let
live; you don't have to agree, but you should be able to respect that others
want to improve their physical well-being. Now that that is cleared up...
The information on this site will
because pre-operative (and post-operative) patients are already faced with a
multitude of expenses, decisions and obstacles. Why add any additional
stress? At YTF, you'll never be charged for "Procedure Information
Packets" or for memberships to our patient support forums,
photo galleries or other online information. You should know as much as you possibly can before undergoing any
type of surgery because preparedness is a powerful thing. Here, we
tell it like it is and we're happy to do so.
I just want everyone to walk away as informed as they can be and get an idea of
what may be in store for them should they choose to undergo a cosmetic plastic
surgery procedure. I know I wish I had found a site like this before my
aesthetic pursuits. I am not claiming to know everything, just a little
about a few things. Be aware that the technology behind this gazillion
dollar industry is endless and changes by the second. If you have any
information regarding new procedures or products, please
and enlighten me!