Before-and-after photos are one of the most important parts of doing plastic surgery research. When choosing a cosmetic procedure, you want a surgeon who produces consistent, high-quality results. Real patient photos are a great way to learn more about a particular surgeon’s skill and talent. But how can you tell the difference between “good” and “bad” surgery results?
As we often tell our Ann Arbor patients, “good plastic surgery” involves a few key factors. Here are 4 important details that matter most when browsing before-and-after photos.
Good: A Natural Appearance
Plastic surgery is as much an art as a science. Results shouldn’t make patients appear “worked on.” Instead, cosmetic surgery should enhance a patient’s natural beauty. Plastic surgery should help create a more refined version of yourself.
While some patients prefer a more dramatic look, many men and women want subtle results that blend in with their own body structure. If you look at a patient picture and can’t exactly tell what their surgery was – only that they look much more improved – that can often be a good sign!
Have you ever looked at a patient photo and thought something “wasn’t quite right?” That nagging feeling often is often due to a lack of body symmetry. We naturally feel that “matching” or “balanced” things are inherently more beautiful. Our brains are more perceptive than you might expect, and we subconsciously notice when two body parts don’t match one another.
This is why symmetrical results are incredibly important when it comes to plastic surgery. You want your body to look balanced and beautiful! When going through photos, always look for proper, flattering proportions. This is especially important in procedures like breast augmentation or injectables.
Good: Minimal Scarring
Scars are an unavoidable part of plastic surgery. But that doesn’t mean that they have to be noticeable or detract from your look. A skilled surgeon can reduce the amount of visible scarring and create a near-seamless transition in your skin texture. Certain techniques can also hide scars in less noticeable areas.
Minimal scarring is a crucial part of surgeries like tummy tuck, where scars might be placed in a more visible location. You want a surgeon who knows how to adapt the procedure to best suit your body and your lifestyle.
Bad: Signs of Poor Healing
Good surgery goes beyond the procedure itself. A safe, professional practice will make sure that the operating room itself is clean and well-maintained. Health complications can compromise flattering results (cause incisions to heal unevenly, etc.). A board-certified surgeon will always use proper precautions to prevent bacteria and infections.
One more important reminder: photos posted to online galleries are pictures that the patients themselves have approval for promotional use. When in for an appointment, feel free to request other photos that patients have approved solely for educational use – there’s many more to pick from!
Browse our own before-and-after gallery to get an idea of the natural-looking results our own surgeons have created. If you have any additional questions, please request a consultation online or call (734) 712-2323.