Dentists, surgeons, interior designers, architects, beauticians, and many other professionals are using technological platforms to show off their skills through before and after photos. Everyone loves them. Nothing is more visually appealing than seeing someone or something’s appearance improved. Keeping this in mind, it’s important that you have an understanding of how before and after photos pertain to plastic surgery. When they’re understood and used properly, they can be an important asset that will enable you to get the results you want. They should be used to help you:
Choose a Surgeon
Before and after photos are a direct reflection of a surgeon’s work. They should definitely be used to help you choose your surgeon; however, proper precaution must be taken into account. The internet is not the only place to look at a surgeon’s before and after photos. A good surgeon will always have photos on hand during an office visit. Don’t be afraid to ask to see them. Most surgeons will happily show them to you. More often than not, they’ll go into detail in explaining exactly what went into obtaining the given results. This can be an invaluable way to judge a surgeon’s skills, knowledge, and character.
Know What Results to Expect
One of the most important things to know is that you’ll never look exactly like the people you see in before and after photos. It’s impossible. Results are always individualized. Comparing your results to other patients’ is no win situation. Taking this into account, there are ways you can use photos to know what type of results you’ll get. Ask your surgeon if they have any photos that might accurately reflect your results. Usually a surgeon will show you a photo and explain the similarities and differences between the patient in photos results and your expected ones. Most surgeons will have you look into a mirror as they very specifically point out what they’ll be doing and what results you can expect.
Avoid a Mistake
It’s an unfortunate reality that non-qualified individuals use plastic surgery as a way to make money. Always take this into account when looking at photos. Realize that photos can be altered. The best way to go about not getting scammed is to link photos to accredited surgeons with strong testimonials. A board-certified plastic surgeon is the only surgeon you should ever consider consulting. If you’re comfortable doing so; you should ask family, friends, co-workers, and community members for recommendations. They usually can steer you in the right direction and might even be able to put you in direct contact with someone who has a testimonial.
When used properly, before and after photos can help you get the results you want. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your results will be the same as people in photos. Be smart. Use the information in this article to guide you and your results will surely be ones you’re happy with.