With what type of lens do you look at a surgeons website for a TT and BA?

All of the surgeons on realself say to look at before and after pics to make sure the surgeon has good pics. What exactly should a potential patient be looking for in TT and BA photos?

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Evaluating Surgeons on Real Self

Pictures are helpful to give an idea of the quality of the work. They will not tell you exactly what result you will get as every individual is different. Take pictures also with a grain of salt. Some physicians will post only their best pictures while others will post a representative group to give you an idea of realistic expectations. There is really no way to know which type of pictures your looking at.
Probably more important is training, credentials and experience. Someone who took a weekend course but has few good pictures will certainly not be able to provide consistently good results compared to a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Members of ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Surgery) will ALL be board certified in plastic surgery and have demonstrated an interest in cosmetic surgery. Ask around for who has a good reputation among your friends and acquaintances. Word of mouth referrals are valuable.
Finally, schedule consultations with more than one surgeon. Get a feel from each consultation how your ideas and theirs fit and how comfortable you are with their practice. Ultimately, you have to have confidence in your surgeon and believe that at every step of the surgical process and recovery that your surgeon always has your best interest at heart and is willing to discuss any aspect of your care in detail with you.
Best Wishes!


Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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How to Seek a Surgeon for a Mommy Makeover

The Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to restore a woman’s body to look as is it did prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair.  The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction.

Your procedures should always be performed by a #PlasticSurgeon who is board-certified and has a great deal of experience specializing in cosmetic #surgery. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. It is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck and breast augmentation - how to judge?

Thank you for asking about your tummy tuck and breast augmentation.
  • A very good question -
  • I have seen patients show me 'wish photos' with poor results which they can't assess until I point out the problems.
  • So don't worry - you aren't the plastic surgeon.
  • Look at the photos and see if you as a normal person like the results you see.
  • Then judge the plastic surgeon by qualifications, experience and how you are treated during the consultation.
  • You want a surgeon who cares about you and your result - the photos are just a clearing mechanism to start the process of finding the right surgeon.
  • Nothing substitutes for the impression made by the surgeon, her/his staff and how they treat you.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

What type of lens do you look at for a TT and BA

Thank you for your question.  Evaluating photographs gives you a sense of likely outcomes from a physician and whether the type of work they perform is similar to your desired goals, while also allowing for the assessment of small nuances between surgical technique.  Many factors go into selection of a surgeon and photographs should be a bit lower on the scale of importance, as one does not know what type of outcome the patient shown wanted, or if they are even happy.  

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Evaluating before/after photographs when selecting plastic surgeon…

Thank you for the insightful question. As you know, careful selection of plastic surgeon will be the most important decision patients make when they decide to  undergo surgery to achieve a specific outcome. Besides appropriate training and experience (and certification by the American Board of plastic surgery), looking at before/after photographs (and  preferably talking to previous patients) can be very helpful in this selection process.


 Basically, patients should look at the overall "quality" of the outcomes achieved;  in other words, it will be important that patients see lots of examples of outcomes that they would be pleased with.  In doing so patients will be able to get an idea of each  plastic surgeon's "aesthetic sensibilities". Of course, careful evaluation of the photographs (including factors such as time out of surgery and initial anatomic starting point) will be important as patients evaluate before/after photographs.

 Well experienced plastic surgeon should be able to demonstrate lots of examples of before/after photographs;  if the prospective patient does not like anything he/she sees (when it comes to the quality of the postoperative outcomes), then the plastic surgeon is likely not a "good fit".     In other words, appropriate quantity/quality of before/after photographs may be one of the factors that gives patients confidence that the plastic surgeon they are considering can achieve an outcome that they will be pleased with.

 Thank you again for the good question. Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,498 reviews

Find the right surgeon

Far more important than the technique is the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon. Choose your surgeon rather than the technique and let them explain why one technique may be better than another. 
See the below link on some suggestions on finding the most qualified Plastic Surgeon for a consult.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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