Getting the Most Out of Before-and-After Photos


There are many important factors that play a role in finding a plastic surgeon. These days, most searches start on the internet. Thanks to the web, we are able to read more about the surgeon, his or her practice, see what types of procedures are performed, and often can look at before and after photos. These photos are very important to consider when deciding which surgeon you will trust with your procedure.  Here are some questions to ask yourself when looking at before and after photos:

  1. Are the results symmetrical?
  2. Do the results look natural?
  3. Is the scar placement thoughtful?
  4. Is this the kind of result that I would like to see on myself?
  5. Do I have a similar body type to those in the pictures?

These questions will help you identify if you like the work of the surgeon and if you can picture yourself with similar results. You may find you have more questions after looking at pictures—good! Write them down and bring them in. Even if you want to talk about something you didn’t like in the pictures, this will help both you and your surgeon understand what you want and what you don’t want. Open communication is fundamental to your satisfaction with your journey, and Dr. McDaniel doesn’t shy away from the tough questions.

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