Social media is becoming one of the main avenues for direct consumer marketing. Patients use social media to find surgeons and to communicate about procedures, outcomes, and their experiences. A surgeon's social media presence can dramatically increase their perception of being an expert and showcase to patients their style and approach. There is no single best social network, instead various networks exist with unique characteristics that each have the potential to drive traffic to a practice. Social media can be potentially hazardous for patients and surgeons if misused.