Dr Snapchat leads online surgery trend by taking followers inside the operating theatre

Here's a stomach churning new trend sweeping social media: Snapchat surgery.

A Miami surgeon, dubbed Dr Snapchat, has been raking in around a half a million viewers a day for his no-holds-barred videos and images from inside the operating theatre.

Not for the squeamish, Michael Salzhauer's short videos and snaps show him carrying out breast implants, butt lifts and tummy tucks in graphic detail.

Salzhauer's Snapchat popularity saw him become the recent focus of a Vanity Fair profile. “People have never seen these surgeries before,” he told the magazine. “I remember the first time I saw one, I was mesmerized. [Some people tell me] they get a little high from it. There’s actual joy from watching people getting manipulated. Some people like that feeling of getting grossed out and losing control, too."

Salzhauer's broadcasts, recorded by assistants on mobile phones and often showing him dancing to music while suctioning fat, are made with the patients' permission and he insists help to "demistify" plastic surgery procedures.

"The surgeries educate. Be engaging, and the entertainment value will come along with it,” Salzhauer, who also goes by the name Dr Miami told CBS.

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