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Best Facebook Ads Guide for Local Cosmetic Surgeons

You’re talking to a fellow cosmetic surgeon and they go on and on about how Facebook Ads is great for their clinic. They’re getting patients after patients. You wonder if Facebook Ads for local cosmetic surgeons is really worth it because you don’t really have the time to manage it and don’t think it works for everyone.

But, your friend highly recommends it. It’s time to get a glow-up for your cosmetic clinic.

With our Facebook Ads for local cosmetic surgeons guide, you’ll learn how to use Facebook Ads for your cosmetic clinic in 8 easy steps to get you more appointments.

What is Facebook Ads?

It’s a tool that helps bring your service, through paid advertisements, to users on Facebook, and Facebook has a lot of users.

Facebook Ads can be a powerful tool for local cosmetic surgeons. In this guide, you’ll learn how to use Facebook Ads to help start getting people signing up to your local cosmetic clinic.

facebook ads for local cosmetic surgeons


1. Setting up for Facebook Ads before making your first ad

Before starting to make your first ad on Facebook Ads, you’ll have to set up some things that are needed and helpful in creating a successful ad.

Facebook Business Manager Account

The second thing to set up is your Facebook Business Manager. It’s a powerful tool where you can create and manage all your ads. This is also where you can set up your overall budget and means of payment.

You can create it by going to Facebook for Business.

Once you create your Business Manager Account, you click on your dashboard under the Advertisement tab, click Ads Manager. Here you can start creating your ads.

Facebook Ads manger overview


The fourth thing to set up is Facebook Pixel. Pixel is a few lines of code from Facebook that you copy into the header section of your website or landing page. It receives information about the actions taken on your site to help make your Facebook ads more relevant to your audience and allow retargeting.

Facebook Pixel

This could be found in your Business Manager dashboard, click Business Settings. Then Data Sources and click Pixels, then copy the code and put it in your website’s code.

Email Autoresponder

The last tool to set up is an email autoresponder. This is makes responding to emails easier once you receive more emails.

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2. Facebook Ad Campaign types for Local Cosmetic Surgeons

When creating your first ad for your private practice, you have to decide on the campaign structure. These are Campaign, Ad Set, and Ad level.

Facebook ads campaign structure

At the first level, you’ll go over the Campaign Objective. What do you want the ads to achieve?

There are a lot of choices to choose from for your cosmetic clinic since there is a lot to consider.

Facebook ads campaign objectives

It might be overwhelming when it comes to choosing which objectives to use. But, here are some campaign objectives that are great to start off with for your local clinic.

Link Clicks Campaign

Link Click objective is a good place to start. You can find it under Consideration and it will be the Traffic objective.

Link Clicks will focus on getting traffic to your clinic’s website or your landing page. It’s great to get people clicking on your ads at a low cost. Running this type of campaign might get some clients to make a conversion (when a client performs a desired action) but also is a good way to get data.

Link clicks campaign can be used at first to gather data on who is clicking. Eventually, when you get enough data (typically 25 conversions) to find your audience, you can switch to Web conversion.

Website Conversions Campaign

A website conversions campaign focuses on getting people to take a desired action on your business’s website.

You can find this under Conversions. After clicking on it, you can choose which conversion you want to focus on. Choose the Website option.

After you need to create a custom conversion or event conversion (e.g signing up for an appointment). It is what you want to track. It’s highly recommended to install Facebook Pixel to gather data on these conversions.

FB ad Website Conversion

When you run a website conversion campaign, Facebook will try and show your ad to people who are more likely to react to your ad. That’s why you run link clicks, Pixel will store that data.

Read our guide on creating the best plastic surgery website for more tips.

Video Views Campaign

A video view campaign focuses on gathering views on a specific video. It could be a behind the scenes, offers, or even customer testimonials.

This can be found under Consideration and by clicking one Video View.

It’s a good way to get people looking at you and it is cheap. 1 view can cost 1 to 3 cents.

One special thing about videos is that you can retarget people depending on what percentage of your video they watched. If a Facebook user watches 50% of your video explaining the process of cosmetic surgery, you know that they’re interested and you should retarget them.

Post Page Engagement Campaign

A Post Page Engagement campaign focuses on increasing engagement (reactions and comments, likes). This is also known as boosting an ad on your Facebook Business page.

Boosting a Facebook Post

But, it is not recommended to use boost a post because there has limited targeting options.

Naming your Ad Campaign

Before you quickly move on to the next topic, here is a tip on organizing and naming the different levels of your campaign structure. It’s a good thing to keep everything organized so you know where to find your ads. This is because you’ll have a lot more as you continue to run Facebook Ads for your cosmetic clinic.

Here is a basic format you can follow that is easy to see:

Campaign: Offer Name – Objective type initial (e.g $29 voucher- LK)

Ad set: Interest – Gender – Age (e.g city name – females – 25-35)

Ad: Image name (e.g women with a cosmetic surgeon)

This is some abbreviations you can use:

Naming your FB Ads

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3. Targeting Local

Targeting is one of the most important things when it comes to finding potential leads (patients) to your cosmetic clinic. If you don’t target right, you’ll miss out on potential clients.

To start off, where do you find this? Targeting or your audience selection can be found in the Ad Set along with budget and schedule. There you have three types of audiences to choose from Save, Custom, and Lookalike audience.

Saved Audience

Saved Audience is an audience based on demographics, interests, and location. With those three options, you have various combinations to choose from.

Using saved audience to target

But, starting off you should pick these characteristics for your cosmetic service

Location: 5 – 10 miles from your local clinic. (Unless there is no other clinic nearby, you can increase the radius)

Demographics: Female 25-35 (they may be more likely to be interested in cosmetic surgery compared to males)

Interest: Leave blank for now

You can create more ad sets for different age groups. You can do this if you want to test which age group would be more interested in cosmetic surgery.

You can add interest-based targeting but it’s a good idea to stay broad because you may be excluding potential clients by being too narrow. When you have enough data gathered from Pixel, you can start narrowing it down. You can start choosing an audience that has high chances to make an appointment.

Custom Audience

Custom Audience is an audience where you target base on an existing database. In the example below, you’ll see the options of Customer File, Website Traffic, App Activity, and Engagement on Facebook.

website traffic in custom audience

The crazy part of this is that it creates a great audience for retargeting. We will focus on Website Traffic as an example.

Let say you want to retarget people who visit your landing page. You’ll first need to create a custom audience. This can be done by going to your Facebook Ads Manager and go to the dashboard. You’ll find Custom Audiences under assets and then you’ll choose Website Traffic.

Once you’re there, you’ll change All website visitors to People who visited specific pages. You’ll include the landing page URL and exclude the Thank You page.

FB custom audience website traffic selection

By doing this, you are targeting people who are interested in your offer and have a higher chance of making an appointment.

Excluding your Thank You page is important as well. By excluding it, are no longer retargeting people who already made an appointment to your cosmetic clinic.

When it comes to retargetting people, it’s important to choose people who only visited your landing page in the last 7 days. Anything more is not worth it because, by that time, they lost interest and have a lower chance of making a conversion.

Lookalike Audience

For Lookalike Audience, they are typically not needed for local businesses like your local cosmetic clinic. However, if you are interested, they are an audience where they are based on people who are similar to your database. This could be based on various things like your fan page or people who engaged in your Facebook post.

An example is if you are going to create a Lookalike Audience with your customer email address. Facebook then will look for people similar to your email list.

It’s recommended if you’re creating a Lookalike Audience that you upload a big database so Facebook has a lot to work with.

Facebook Ads Lookalike Audience

For your audience size, it should be around 1% to 2% maximum because it’ll be too broad. This is because this is based on the whole population.

Finding the right audience can increase the chances of patients and as a result, increase revenue. With our marketers, we can help you find the right audience to target that will get the best ROI.

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Facebook Ads has a big reach where it has the potential to advertise to other platforms owned by Facebook like Instagram and Facebook Messenger. But, starting off, you should advertise only on Facebook specifically in Facebook’s news feed. It makes finding and understanding your audience easier because Instagram has a different demographic. Eventually, you can move to Instagram once you get used to using Facebook Ads.

When setting up your ad set, you’ll see a section called Placement. You have the option to put Automatic Placement where Facebook places your ads automatically for you. But, to make things easier for you, choose Manual Placement and untick everything aside from Facebook and news feed.

Facebook ad placements

This will make reading the data you have easier. You know that the people you are targeting are only on Facebook’s news feed and not on other platforms. You do not want to be overwhelmed by too many variables that could skew your results.


One of the biggest questions is how much will Facebook ads cost. Well, it depends. Really. It is up to you how much you spend. Facebook Ads makes it easy because by stopping your ad once it goes over your budget. With Facebook ads, you’ll never pay more than you want to.

Facebook Ads Daily Budget

Daily, Facebook Ads may spend over 25% of your daily budget but don’t worry. There are days when Facebook doesn’t come close to spending your daily budget.

Then where should you start for your clinic?

You don’t need to start with a big budget. For the most part, you can start off with a Click Link campaign with a $5 daily budget. You can start testing the water to see which audience is more responsive to your ad for a tummy tuck.

Once you know your audience, you can switch to a Website Conversion campaign with the target audience you found that works. Then you’ll gather data on how much you’ll be paying for each action (typically a sign-up) After some more data, it is up to you to decide how much you are willing to spend on a person making an appointment.  Typically, you should spend more money on audiences that are responsive and less on those who are less responsive. However, in the end, how much you spend is up to this question. How much is a sign-up worth to you?

Split Testing and when to scale

On Facebook Ads, you can choose to run a split test on your ads to see which one performs better. You can see for example, which audience performs better so you can decide which ad set to scale up (increase budget).

But, here is a way for you to see it yourself and see what Facebook ad splitting is kinda doing.

Facebook Ad Set data example

Imagine if these are ad sets for a Link Clicks campaign for your lip augmentation promotion. Each ad set is for females but is separated in different age groups. The second group’s Cost per Lead is over your $5 daily budget.

Depending on how much you want to pay for a lead you can scale up your budget for the second budget. They are getting more leads compared to some of the groups.

You may want to stop the last two ad sets because they either cost too much or do not get any leads. But, you should wait until they have over 1,000 or even 2,000 reaches. It’s possible that when the reach increases, the leads will increase and the Cost per Lead will decrease.

Similar to your budget, it really comes down to how much you are willing to pay for that lead. If your leads’ surgeries will get you around $1,000 each, you can even increase it to $10.

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4. Choosing Your Local Ad Type

Here are the ad types recommended to use when starting off with Facebook ads for local cosmetic surgeons.

Image Ads

Image ads are one of the ad formats you can choose from the ad level. It’s one of the easier ones to start off with for your private practice.

Facebook image ad with cosmetic client

One recommendation for formatting is that when creating your ad, it should be similar to what you put on your landing page. Also for the call-to-action button, it can be either Sign Up or Learn More. Depending on if they are going to download something, you can put Download.

Carousel Ads

Carousel Ads are the more eye-catching ad type. It is an ad with multiple images or videos in it.

Carousel Ad of women going to her local cosmetic surgeon

Although the example above is good, here are some recommendations to make a great carousel ad.

The first one is you should use three or more different business photos. Here is an order you can follow:

  1. A picture of you and a patient
  2. A picture of the service in use. (e.g you explaining the procedure)
  3. The benefit of the service (e.g the before and after or simply how they look after the procedure)

The second recommendation is to make sure that each photo has the same headline, description, Website URL (Landing page), and call-to-action. It will combine all of it into one headline like the one below.

FB Carousel example

The last recommendation is in the Card section when formatting the ad. Then you should tick “Automatically show the best performing cards first” and untick “Add a card at the end with your Page profile picture. Doing this, it increases your conversion rate because it just looks nicer.

Video Ads

The next type is Video ads. They can be a great way to show something that can’t be shown through just a single image.

Great as video ads are, it’s recommended that you don’t use video ads too much because they may be overwhelming to think of a video and record. They are great once a while especially when your image and carousel ads are being overused. You can create a video ad once a month.

Of course, there is an exception. Unless you think you’re confident, charismatic, and just good at making videos, you can create them more often. Just don’t invest too much time since time is limited for a doctor like yourself.

If you are going to create a video ad, here are some recommendations.

Facebook video ad of cosmetic surgeon

When formatting your video, you have an option where the video thumbnail is set to. Choose a thumbnail that has a person in front. Another consideration when making a video is that it should be authentic. It doesn’t need to be fancy (can even use a phone) but something that shows who you are. Nothing is better than the real you.

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Consider using different social media platforms as a plastic surgeon to further promote your practice.

5. Creating a Successful Ad For Your Cosmetic Clinic

You now know how to make ads but what do you write in them? As you noticed, a lot of ads have a similar format. Here is a formula you can use to follow so your ads stand out:

Creating a tempting offer

When making an ad, you need an offer. Not just any offer but something so tempting that they have no choice but to click. If there isn’t an offer, people will simply brush it off.

Compelling offer on a FB ad

Write a compelling ad copy

Once you have the offer, you need to reel them in. Here is a formula with some things to consider when writing the rest of your ad.

  • Attention: Grab the attention of your audience by describing their pain points, and challenges, or simply call out your audience (e.g Hey [Blank] ) 
  • Interest: Draw interest by describing your offer
  • Desire: Give a reason or instill a desire to take action
  • Action: A call to action. (e.g Sign Up) This makes the ad stand out.

For example:

Facebook Ad copy formula example

6. Create The Landing Page

The third thing to set up is a Landing and Thank You page. Landing Page is where users will go when they click on your ad. You can make a specific page on your business website as your landing page. Depending on what you want your clients to do, it is better to make a separate landing page so potential customers don’t get lost on your website.

To make a really good landing page, it should be similar to the ad that they would click on and easy to follow.

In the example below, the landing page was based on their promotional on a $29 voucher for a 3D Non-Surgical Liposuction Treatment. It also has a clear and easy-to-find call-to-action button.

Cosmetic surgeon landing page


The Thank You page is where users will go after filling out your landing page. Here is an example where it includes a thank you and the offer they claimed. In addition, it asks to call or book an appointment. Once you do that, you just have to wait.

Thank you Page Example


If you don’t know where to start in making your landing page, here are some options to use to create your landing pages:

If you’re worried that you can’t design a page because you are not a coder, it’s okay. Most of the options provide templates where you can just drag and drop what you want to put on your landing page.

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7. Keeping Up With Your Sales Funnel With Automatic Follow-Up Emails

When advertising there is something called a sales funnel you have to create and keep track of.

A sales funnel is the journey of potential clients towards the purchase of a product or service. For your cosmetic clinic, it is the journey towards getting that liposuction.

Marketing Funnel for Cosmetic Surgeons

When someone signs up for a promotional or makes an appointment, they are at the first step in the funnel. They are interested.

But don’t stop there, it’s important to give them a confirmation email. A few days later a follow-up through call or email (depending on the information you ask for) or they’ll forget or lose interest.

That is why automatic emails are important.

Once you keep up with them, the last part is that they come for their appointment or consultation. At that point, it is almost a complete sale.

8. Keep Going

Once you finish making your first few ads, you just need to wait for people to start making appointments at your local cosmetic clinic. But, this doesn’t mean you are done. There is always room for improvement. This is called optimizing.

Test, test, test. You’ll find out that this audience has more people interested in your facelifts. You can change the way you say something. Maybe use a different picture. You want to make an offer for a breast augmentation so you create a new ad.

There are a lot of possible changes and new additions you can do with Facebook Ads. By putting the effort into your ads, you can increase the number of clients while reducing the cost of your advertisement. You’re not just making people attractive but also you’re advertising.

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