Is Photoshop a good tool to understand your look after surgery? (photo)
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Photoshop facelift results are unrealistic
Essentially the use the Photoshop will give you an unrealistic expectation of your results.
In my experience you can get a more realistic idea of how you will look after a facelift by placing your hands on each side of your face and tightening and pulling the face back and up.
When consulting a plastic surgeon for a facelift you should demand to see actual before and after photographs of patients upon whom that surgeon has performed facelift. In addition in my practice I provide patients with the opportunity to speak to former patients of mine who have had facelift surgery.
It may be unfair of me to say this, but I have always felt that surgeons using Photoshop to show before and after results of plastic surgery can be guilty of false advertising.
Compare imaging is a form of communication for cosmetic surgery
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There are several morphing (appearance altering) software programs available. So far as I know everyone of them have a disclaimer stating that the computer picture may not represent actual results. If the doctor and the patient use the software as an educational tool in a generic sense then these programs are useful just the same as before and after pictures. But remember "There is no guarantee." I am not surprised that some of your friends were disappointed in their surgical results, if they expected something identical to the computer results.
Is Photoshop a good tool to understand your look after surgery?
The patients are told that the results on the computer are not a guarantee but should be used as an educational guideline only. The 3D imaging system is also helpful to compare before and after results, after the surgery is performed. See the link below to obtain further information on computer imaging.
I hope this helps.
I am Dr. Speron, a proud member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). I am also certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
I would not recommend that you have your face Photoshopped to see how you would look post-surgery. Instead, look at the before and after pictures from your surgeon. I advise you to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to go over the best options for you.
Below are some links for additional information and before and after pictures.
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