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What to Look for in Before and After Pictures

Many surgeons post before and after photos of real surgeries on their sites. This is a good idea in theory, but the truth is that you have to know what to look for. Yes, a tummy tuck will make a patient look slimmer,* but what details should you pay attention to? Here’s a guide to help you out as you browse:

Breast Augmentation:

If a surgeon lists details of the surgery, such as the type and size of implant used, this information can be critically important to understanding how relevant the before and after pictures are to you. Incision method (inframammary, periareolar, etc.) is also relevant. If that information is not listed, keep track of which results look best to you, and find out during your consultation the exact details of the procedure.

Breast Lift:

In Denver, breast lifts are a very popular procedure, especially following weight loss or as part of a mommy makeover. Looking at photos of patients demonstrate what a breast lift can accomplish.* Many women think they want augmentation, when a lift can actually give them the results they really want.* Look for scar visibility and location. Remember that the visibility of the scar will vary depending on how long it’s been since the procedure.

Tummy Tuck:

Look for other patients who have a “before” body which is similar to yours, then see what’s possible judging by the “after” photo. Although of course individual results will vary, it’s good to have a benchmark. You’ll also be able to see where the scar is placed, and whether it can be hidden by clothing. Make sure the results look balanced, healthy and aesthetically pleasing. The scar should look even, not jagged.

For these and other procedures, the main goal is not to look at just one or two pictures of successful procedures, but rather to get an idea of the surgeon’s overall talent. Take your time and pick the best.

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.

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