i enjoy viewing doctors sites for there breast augmentation pics. what i wonder is what to look for. what makes a good breast job? what's a bad one? what pics should i not trust??
Breast Augmentation Pictures - Are They Accurate?
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On-line phots are highly selected
Photos on web sites are highly selected to be the ones that look good in pictures. Not every patient is made to look so perfect. Some patients request implants that give them a fake look but since they are not "normal" they are not shown on the web site. This result has very little to do with the surgeon and mostly to do with the the patients selection. As you view before and after photos you have to realize that most of the result is dependent on the size of the implant in relation to the person's features.
Many times a patient will be very happy with the results but their photos are not shown because other people would not think it is right by looking at the picture.
Evaluating pictures of breat augmentations.
Shelby, Your concerns are very good ones. Most women want to get an idea of what a certain size implant will do from them in terms of appearance, and the most logical place to get this information is from photographs. But you need to know what you are looking for, because everyone's body is different. And this will affect how the implants look.
First, look for women who are about your height and weight, and whose frame size is the same as yours. Then, in these photos, find some where the starting breast size is the same as yours. These photos will give you the best idea how a certain size breast implant will look in you.
People desire different looks in terms of the results with breast implants. However, to my eye, what looks best are breasts that are in proportion to the rest of the body. The breasts should not look too full in the upper pole or top of the breast. The normal, attractive breast will have a gentle slope in the upper pole towards the nipple, which should be the most forward projecting part of the breast. And the outline of the breast implants should not be seen. And it should not look like there is too much implants in the lower aspect of the breast. In this case, the implants may be too low.
As in many things related to personal preference, the breasts that look the best too you, are probably what you want to achieve. A board certified plastic surgeon will be able to help you understand what will work well for you, and what may not work as well.
Before and After breast implant augmentation photos.
Close up views comparing similar positions (anatomic oreintation and posture) under similar conditions (lighting, garments, etc) are very important in evaluating photograpsh. Also look for complex versus relatively simple cases. Additional written information such as breast implant size, pregnancy status, incision, etc are very important to assessing the skills of the surgeon.
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Breast augmentation photos
Appreciating good results really depend upon the observer. Every patient is different and each one may want something different. Focus on what you want in terms of size change and appearance and look around. Choose a doctor that you trust and like the results.
Judging before and after breast augmentation photos
You raise a good question, and many before and after pictures are great. You should look for good results that you find pleasing and pay attention to other before and after photos from different procedures. A good breast job is one that pleases the patient and satisfies most of the patient's aesthetic goals. A bad one can have a range of definiitions, but can occur with an unhappy patient to whom complications occurred without treating and left the patient with an unaesthetic result. It's difficult to determine what photos not to trust, but make sure you're comfortable with your plastic surgeon and talk to some of his/her previous breast augmentation patients to get a patient-to-patient evaluation of the plastic surgeon.
Breast Augmentation pictures
Although chosing the results that you like are very individualized ther are some very common factors when it comes to evaluating before and after pictures of breast augmentation.
1. The patient should be in the same position and have the same lighting in the before and after pictures.
2. Evaluate the positionof the nipples realtive to each other and relative to the implants.
3. If you like the natural looking breast that should mean less upper breast roundness.
4. If you are seeing a plastic surgeon ask to see a variety of pictures, what he considers his best and worst results. If he says he does not have anything but best results, he is not being forthcoming.
How to evaluate before and after pictures?
This is a great question. You want to look for photos that are "standardized". In other words, everything should be the same between the pre and post op photos. This includes the lighting, how much of the patient is shown, how far away the image is (is one closer to the camera than another) and the same views. For example, if one patient is shown from the front and the right side view, why is the next patient shown from the left side view? Maybe the right side did not look as good. Also, you should see a range of results and body types. If every patient has one body type and they all look great, what will you look like with your body type? If all the results are perfect, that is too good to be true. Many good doctors do not show standardized photos, so this does not mean they do not have good results. However, standardized photos can be helpful. I would also be wary if the doctor or his/her office says everyone looks great. Ask to see some "medium" results as well; you want to see a range of results, not just the very best. On the internet you might see more of the "best"; once in the office ask to see a range of results and look for patients with your body type and proportions to see if the result apeals to you.
Tracy M. Pfeifer, MD, MS
It's a good breast augmentation if you cannot tell that it is a breast augmentation.
Most women want to have nice looking breasts. They don't want everyone to know that they have breast implants. So, a bad breast augmentation looks fake. The most common errors are too much roundness on top, and excessively large implants.
How do I know a good breast augmentation outcome when I see it?
Photos of breast augmentation outcomes are a useful resource for women interested in the procedure, in that they allow you to determine the surgeon's ability to reliably achieve a pleasing shape. This is VERY important- you wouldn't want to go to a surgeon whose breast outcomes look unattractive to you. They do NOT, however give you more information than that...
In other words, they will not, by themselves, give you information about whether the patient was happy (the breast may appear lovely to you, but be totally displeasing to the patient in question), whether the patient experienced complications, or whether they felt the experience was a positive one they would recommend to you.
As far as how you determine whether the outcome represented by the photo can be judged as a good one, it's really a matter of whether or not you can look at the photo and think the breasts are attractive. If the breasts are pretty to you, then great-- if not, then the outcome is probably not one you would want, right?
So, what's the bottom line?
Definitely ask to see photos of patients who have had the same procedure performed by the same surgeon, but realize the photos are only part of the puzzle, and you still need to do a lot more homework-
Learn about the surgeon's education, training, experience, and reputation.
Learn about the facility the procedure will be performed in. This is not something most patients understand, but there are a lot of corners being cut (some that would affect your safety) out there in order to save the surgeon a few dollars. Find a facility certified by the AAAASF, and maybe even ask to see the OR.
Learn about the person who will be putting you to sleep. This is the person who will be taking care of you while the surgeon does his/her thing, so be sure this is someone you trust as well.
Ask to speak to a few patients who have had the procedure with the surgeon. Be nervous if they can't provide you with even one patient happy enough with them to speak to you.
Breast augmentation photos are meant to start a discussion
We show over one hundred breast augmentation photos in our books at the office. The main purpose is not to show you what you would look like, but to start a conversation in the many aspects of breast augmentation results. The more you see, the more questions you ask, the better we can guide you. Beware of surgeons who only show you " a couple" of photos. They may not have many to show.
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