Okay so if you are new to the cosmetic surgery world before and after photos may seem overwhelming, daunting, and a little intimidating. Board certified plastic surgeons consider their before and after photos their work portfolio similar to any photographer, interior designer, or videographer. As everyone is different, good plastic surgeons take into account every detail to deliver their patients customized aesthetic goals!
Most plastic surgeons today will require you to take before and after photos so they can document results. No plastic surgeon is allowed to share those photos without your permission. If at any time, you decide you don’t want to share your photos, doctors are required to stop showing them. ~70% of people dundefineo not mind showing photos if they are of the body with no distinguishing characteristics (face is not shown or tattoos). As often people have used before and after photos to decide on a surgeon, they do not mind sharing their photos for educational purposes.
In other words, try to find a patient who is physically similar to you. Pay close attention to the breast and body shape. The importance of this exercise is to help you better picture realistic results. You want someone with a similar build (shoulder span, breast height, and nipple positioning). This can help you determine what size of implant is best. Implant size is measured in cubic centimeters (CCs). Many surgeons will list the details on the implant size in the description of the before and after photo. Based on these pictures, you should be able to tell a rough size and shape of implant which appeals to you.
For breast enhancement surgery, the scars can be so minor or hard to see in the before and after photos as often they are hidden in the breast fold. If there is obvious scarring or abnormalities in the after photos, this would be a surgeon to avoid.
For breast augmentation surgery, it is important to look at the nipples. Do they look off centered when they were not before? Are the mounds or breast implants symmetrical on the body? Do they look too close together? This can be important and your plastic surgeon should speak to you about this.
Bring photos to consultation with plastic surgeon on how you want your breast to look.
Just like going to your hair stylist for a new cut or color you should also bring pictures to your plastic surgeon. It doesn’t even have to show the full breast but let your surgeon know how much cleavage you want and the general shape of the breast. Typically they will speak about it as lower pole (bottom of the breast) and upper pole (top of breast) volume. Your plastic surgeon can guide you to the right pocket and implant (silicone or saline) to meet your goals.