When you’re researching the right plastic surgeons to perform your breast augmentation, it’s important that you take your time. There are all too many stories about people who have had botched surgeries, so it’s important that you feel confident in the surgeon you select to perform the work on you.
Turning to social media and the surgeon’s own website can give you an idea as to what to expect from the surgeon’s results. Before and after photos are an important part of helping you to make your decision.
There are five important things that you should take care to look for when you’re browsing before and after photos. It’s very easy to get swept up in the beautifully transformed after photos, but it’s important to make sure that you aren’t misled by the dazzling after images.
5 Things to Look for in Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
Ensure that the images appear authentic
Countless editing applications can be used to touch up photos. Even medical professionals have been known to touch up the images that are used on their websites and on social media.
The images that you are looking at should represent realistic results. There are some telltale signs of image manipulation. Is there a decrease in the quality of the after image? Perhaps the skin of the breast appears to be much smoother in the after images, with even some of the stretch marks or freckles of the before image now being missing?
Use your best judgment and trust your instinct if the images seem to be altered in any way.
Look for a wide variety of images
You’ll want to make sure that you see a great variety of photos that demonstrate a wide variety of patients who have undergone the breast augmentation procedure. According to Dr. Justin Perron, every patient is different, and there are a number of variations possible with each procedure, all based upon the personal preference of the patient.
These could include the size of the implant, incision placement, implant placement, or whether a lift was included.
The more variety and information that a surgeon can offer about his previous work and his prior patients, the better understanding you’ll gain about the options that they offer.
Look for a timeline of patient photos
It’s one thing to see a gallery of glossy before and after photos, but it’s quite another to see a timeline of images taken over the entire journey. If a surgeon you are interested in doesn’t offer these types of images on their website, you may find that they are willing to share them during your consultation.
You’ll want to get an accurate portrayal of what the results might look like in the earliest postoperative days and what the patient’s results look like a few months to a year later.
Spotting photography tricks
There are many ways to alter an image or video in an effort to make it look better. You can change the angle, the lighting, the height the image is taken from and even use a flattering background.
Each of these simple photography tricks can potentially distort your perception. When you’re looking at the images, be sure that they are snapped from a standardized position, as this will demonstrate that the results you’re seeing are due to surgery and not the result of a good flattering angle or improved lighting.
Does the content look fresh?
Be sure that the content posted on the website and social media pages appears to be posted consistently, and make sure that it’s not the same few images being constantly recycled to best represent the surgeon’s best results.
You’ll want to look for a range of images and even videos that have been taken of multiple people. A surgeon that keeps on posting the same few patients, with images taken from different angles, should be a red flag.
Selecting your plastic surgeon is a highly personal decision. There are a number of things to keep in mind when you’re reviewing the online presence of the surgeons that you are considering.
Be sure to review the before and after photos carefully, and trust your instincts if something looks or feels off about them.