It would be an understatement to say that viewing before-and-after photos is a crucial part of the breast augmentation process. Just as important as viewing the results of actual Albany patients, however, is doing so with the right techniques in mind; there’s more to it than simply clicking through photos.
To make the most of your time spent online, and as result, in your consultation, steer clear of the following “don’ts” when scrolling through real patient photo galleries:
Don’t skip this step. Really. Again, we cannot stress the importance of this process enough. Think of it as your time to really begin imagining the possible results of your breast augmentation (or any procedure, for that matter). Plus, it provides valuable insight into the quality and style of the surgeon’s work. Just do it.
Don’t ignore the photo gallery quality. If the before-and-after photo gallery you’re viewing is poorly organized, you might want to think twice about that specific plastic surgeon. That’s not to say a before-and-after photo gallery is the only factor you should consider, but it is undoubtedly a big one. If a plastic surgeon doesn’t take pride in showcasing past results, it’s a huge red flag. Watch out for these, too:
- Photos that are not clear or consistently sized, which can skew the appearance of results.
- Photos with no descriptions, which can be misleading, especially if the surgery combined multiple procedures.
- Lack of photos: If a plastic surgeon claims to be a breast augmentation specialist but only has 2 patient photos, for example, there is a definite disconnect.
Don’t fixate on women with your “dream body.” You’ll want to find patients who have physical proportions similar to your own. This will help set realistic expectations for your own procedure and avoid an awkward conversation later to keep things in perspective. Because no two patients’ bodies are the same, no two patients will have the same results.
Don’t forget to save your favorites. Once you’ve viewed a few real patient photos, you might start to forget specifics. So, be sure to write your likes and dislikes down! It may be helpful to compile notes, printed out photos, and magazine clippings into a binder. We definitely encourage this. Some patients find creating a private Pinterest board helpful to organize their favorites. Do whatever works best for you!
If you take these tips to heart, you’ll be able to look at any breast augmentation photo gallery with a keen eye. Your plastic surgeon will allocate time to answer specific questions, and to look at even more before-and-after photos when you come in for your initial consultation.
Ready to test out what you’ve learned? Take a peek at my breast augmentation before-and-after photos.