Breast Augmentation Before and After Pictures
- Asked by Eva S in Seattle, WA
- 4 years ago
Breast Implant Plastic Surgery Before and after photos
Before and after photos are one of the most valuable pieces of information that a potiential patient can gather prior to a consultation. This information includes:
- Information about the physician.
- Physicians attention to detail. If the photos are sloppy, caution
- Physician ethics. If the photos are "photo shopped", caution
- Physician results. Take this with a grain of salt. Although we would all like to say that all of our pictures represent our average results, most plastic surgeons would be hesitant to show a "bad" result unless we are specifically discussing a complication
- Information about yourself
- You can identify how your breast differ from the "average" and see how that may fit into your results. For example, the amount of droop, the nipple position and symmetry
- Information about what you are looking for
- Finding a patient with similar build and breast size/ type before breast augmentation and noting the size and type of implant used to achieve what you would consider a pleasing result.
Web reference: http://www.yorkyates.com/utah/breast/augmentation/photos/
Breast Augmentation before and after Photos need to be consistent
There is no denying the fact that 'before and after' images are the most powerful and effective means for a surgeon to communicate their aesthetic sensibility. They give the prospective patient an immediate sense of what that surgeon envisions as a favorable postoperative result, and thus allow an individual to make a relatively quick decision as to whether or not that surgical practice is one that they should investigate further. It also has become challenging for us to manage the number of email inquiries that we receive for information about surgery and example photographs. Now that almost all prospective patients expect fairly easy access to 'before and after' images, we have felt an obligation to add this feature to michaellawmd.com.
Prospective patients have a host of issues to consider when evaluating pre-op and postop images of cosmetic surgery patients. An outspoken plastic surgeon who is known for some keen observations is often quoted as saying that "A photograph is merely reflected light". Another telling maxim regarding cosmetic surgery photography is "Almost anything can be made to look good from at least one angle." Both of these observations speak to the fact that while such photographs should ideally communicate the true nature of a surgical outcome, there are inherent limitations to the two-dimensional nature of photography.
Look for Consistency
For this reason, as a consumer you should insist on consistency in preoperative/postoperative photography. The positioning of the subject and the size or 'aspect ratio' in the photographs should remain consistent. If one photograph appears to be taken from five feet away and the other from eight feet away, there is no way to meaningfully interpret the 'transformation'. The lighting and color saturation in all of the images should also ideally be identical, or at least comparable. If the pre-op image is in shadow and the postop image is well-illuminated, there is no way to determine how much of the postoperative 'improvement' was provided by surgical technique and how much is just better lighting. A bright flash can conceal a whole host of flaws.
You should also insist on seeing images from multiple angles, as this is the only way to get some idea of the quality of a surgical result in three dimensions when reviewing two-dimensional photographs, and to confirm that it isn't just from one direction that the result looks acceptable. The photography set-up and photographic background should be consistent. Images taken in the pre-op area in front of a bare wall with an exposed electrical outlet and the patient's gown pulled up but hanging down into the image should not inspire much confidence. Body position and facial position should also be consistent. I have seen breast lift (mastopexy) before and after photographs in which the patient's arms were at her sides in the 'before' images, and then the arms were lifted above the head in the 'after' images. Raising the arms overhead produces an instant 'breast lift', so it is impossible to objectively assess the effect of surgery in photographs where body position is inconsistent.
Likewise, if the pre-op image of a facial rejuvenation surgery patient shows a sleepy-looking person in a hospital gown at 6:30 a.m. on the morning of surgery, and the postop image shows that person in full make-up at 2:00 p.m. on the day of a follow-up appointment several months later, you have absolutely no way of accurately determining what in the 'after' photo is due to surgery and what is due to a good night's rest and some make-up. You may not be aware that all board-certified plastic surgeons receive training in photography as they are trained as surgeons, so that they have a means to accurately document and communicate their surgical planning and the results of their handiwork. I personally believe that a surgeons's photographic technique and documentation provides a person who is considering surgery a very clear statement of how organized, meticulous, compulsive and attentive to detail that surgeon is. If I were a prospective patient I would not expect any of those qualities in the operating room if I did not see them in the 'before and after' photographs. I believe that consistency and quality in photography is a reflection of consistency and quality in one's approach to patient care.
All 'before and after' images from this practice that are provided online, via e-mail and during consultation in the office are photographs of cosmetic plastic surgery patients treated by Dr. Law who have consented to the use of the images. Absolutely no photo re-touching or digital enhancement is used to 'improve' the images or to alter in any way the appearance of the surgical result.
When evaluating photographs, also keep in mind the fact that many examples you see of a particular procedure may not look like you. Part of what makes the practice of plastic surgery so interesting and rewarding for me is the fact that no two patients are exactly alike, and thus each patient requires a fresh and personalized approach. Rather than trying to dissect how a particular result relates to you personally, view it in terms of that patient's particular 'starting point', and whether or not the surgical enhancement is aesthetically pleasing and natural-appearing.
Don't limit your investigation to an examination of photographs. Review the content of a cosmetic surgeon's website thoroughly, and get a feeling for that doctor's individual approach and practice philosophy.
Learning from breast implants before and after galleries
There are a number of things that you can learn from photos.
If you find someone that is about the same size breasts, and the same height and weight as you, with the same body habitus, you can get some idea of how your breasts may look with similar size and shape breast implants. Look at differences of profiles of implants to see how rounded you wish to have your implants.
You can also tell a lot about the surgeon and his attention to detail by looking at his photos. If they are reproducable, and the lighting is the same, the distance from the camera is the same, the background is the same, then that surgeon has better attention to detail. This may even give you a clue as to how much attention to detail they would take on doing your surgery. Hopefully this helps you find one or two things about yourself, and your doctor.
Dan Mills, MD FACS
Web reference: http://www.danmillsmd.com/
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Breast augmentation before and after photos
Thank you for your question.
Before and after photos can give you a good idea of the plastic surgeon's abilities. It is also a good way to get an idea of what you want from your breast augmentation, which is the most important thing. In order to understand possible realistic results, pay attention to:
- Body type
- Implant type
- Degree of symmetry
- Condition of breast before and after surgery
Every patient is different. However, looking at other patients similar to yourself, may help you visualize the look you want to achieve. In my personal opinion, most patients actually want to look natural, and this is what we typically strive to do.
However, some patients are looking for a larger size than their body fits and this can be done as long as they realize the increased risk of complications involved in this type of scenario.
In my office, we also have a list of past patients who have undergone the procedure you are interested in available to speak to you about their experience. This would be another option for you to consider when deciding what you want.
Thanks for your question. Have a great day!
What to look for depends on what you are trying to learn
I am not a big proponent of pre and post op photos for breast augmentation. I feel that photos, while very interesting, can be potentially misleading. That being said, all of my breast augment patients want to see them. If you are trying to gain some insight into the skills of the surgeon, there are several things to look for.
One of the most important things to look for is symmetry in the final result. Look carefully at the pre-operative photos and look at how symmetrical or asymmetrical the breasts were before surgery and then look at the result. If the breasts lack symmetry at the start and has reasonable symmetry at the end, I think that this is an important point.
Another point to consider is the amount of ptosis (droop) in the breast. If the patient has some droop to the breast, note if it was corrected with the surgery. While large amounts of droop cannot be fixed with augmentation alone, smaller amounts can be made to look acceptable with good surgical skills.
Look at the placement of the implant as well. Is it placed sqarely behind the nipple and areola? Does the nipple and areola project forward, and not up or down?
Keep in mind most surgeons will show only their best cases, thus it may be hard to gain a lot of knowledge from them. If you see pre-op photos that show breasts of less then ideal anatomies and the results are good, that generally shows a skilled surgeon. If the starting anatomy is good, it is much easier to get a good result.
If you are trying to get an idea of how you will look after surgery from pre- and post- op photos, this is even harder to do. Many of my patients will scour the internet looking for people that have a similar build and similar breast anatomy that received implants of a certain size. While many people are comforted by finding such pictures, the photos still may not be an accurate representation of your particular final outcome. I think a frank discussion with your surgeon concerning the outcome may be more enlightening.
What to look for in breast augmentation photos
Look at how much glandular tissue the individual had before her augmentation. You should also look at the shape of the breasts, such as whether they are tubular in shape or boxy, and the location of the nipple-areola complex before and after the procedure. These aspects can help you evaluate a surgeon’s skill level. Also, to help you decide about your own options, look at photos of women with similar features to yourself, such as breast size and shape and body frame (thin, medium size, or heavy).
Breast Augmentation Before and After Pictures
Probably the best thing about before and after pictures is that patients can not only see what is possible, but can communicate their expectations to their surgeon. Most surgeons will only post their best results, but it still gives you the opportunity to evaluate them and what the surgeon views as a good result. I find it very helpful when patients bring pictures from the internet that they think would be an optimal result. I may not always agree, but it is an excellent point for discussion. Be sure to discuss your expectations with your plastic surgeon. Good luck.
Breast Augmentation Before and After Pictures
I think preoperative and postoperative photographs can give a real insight into a surgeon’s techniques and philosophy about breast augmentation. Look at symmetry of the postoperative photos and if they have a natural look and shape. Check nipple position relative to the breast and look at the incisions as well.
Web reference: http://www.drvitenas.com/breast-augmentation.html
Breast Augmentation Before and After Pictures
Before and After photos can reflect both the technical skill and the artistic talent of the surgeon. It is best to compare the work of a similar body type to understand the surgeon's sense of balance and harmony. If a similar body type had the same implant size and profile as you are seeking, it will provide a basis to understand how the implants may appear on you. Before and after photos will be able to raise questions in your mind and provide a basis to discuss your expectations and objectives.
Before and after pictures for breast augmentation
Every patient is different with different starting points and different goals when it comes to breast augmentation surgery. If you look on the internet and find ten different patients who are your same height, weight, and body frame, they may all have different sized implants and they may all look good. It is not like putting bumpers on Chevrolets!! Each patient is different and therefore must be evaluated individually. While looking at photos may be helpful and video imagine may be helpful, none of these can give you an absolute idea of what you might look like with a certain implant volume.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.