Deciding to get breast implants is a major decision. Maybe it’s something you have always wanted, or it could be a more recent choice. Either way, the plastic surgeon you choose is crucial for achieving outstanding results. When researching breast implants and looking for a plastic surgeon, one of the first places you go is the before and after breast implant photos. Read on to find out 5 things you need to look for and how to spot red flags.
What to Look for in Before and After Breast Implant Photos?
As breast implants come in different shapes and sizes, the result you’re looking for can be different from someone else. So, when looking at before and after photos, you’re looking at various factors rather than one specific result or size.
When researching a cosmetic procedure, you will naturally start looking through before and after breast implant images. This really is a key part of the research process and will help you get a good idea of the type of results your plastic surgeon has previously produced.
1. Breast Implant Sizes: Natural and Proportionate Results
The size and shape of the implant desired naturally change from one person to another. But what remains the same is the importance for the end result to look natural and in proportion with the body. A successful result should look like the breasts belong to the body. Think about the nipple position and the chest shape.
Remember that a plastic surgeon should be able to produce different results rather than one cookie cutter result. What’s perfect for one person is different to another. Results should be natural but also show that your surgeon can produce a range of results that are entirely individual and natural-looking.
2. Improved or Maintained Symmetry
Although asymmetry may not be a problem for you, look at the overall symmetry of the breasts. When comparing the before and after images, symmetry should either be maintained or improved. This may not be something you even notice at first glance, which is a good thing. It’s much more obvious done wrong than right.
3. Hidden Breast Implant Scars in the Natural Creases of the Skin
Scarring is an important consideration with any surgery. When looking at the after photos, are the scars hidden in the natural creases of the skin? You’re looking for both well-hidden and well-healed scars. You will need to see an after photo further down the recovery timeline to see how the scarring is healed.
Although breast augmentation scarring is designed to be well-hidden in bikinis and underwear, you want to get an idea of how it will look outside of clothing too. Depending on the incision placement, you could have scarring in a few different areas. Make sure to ask for photos of the different types of scarring that can occur.
Learn to recognise the difference between a fresh result and one that’s healing. Typically, your plastic surgeon will signify the time between the before and after images. So, you could be looking at images 2 weeks apart or 2 months apart. Signs of a recent breast augmentation procedure include:
- Swelling and skin discolouration
- Scars that look pink/red and raised
- Breasts that sit unnaturally high on the chest
4. Different Body Shapes and Sizes
When browsing through the photo gallery of your potential plastic surgeon, look for a variety of body shapes and sizes. This shows that your surgeon not only has experience working with a variety of shapes but producing great results for each one. Everyone has a slightly different shape and concern. It’s important that you can see your surgeon can bring your dreams to life, just like on other patients before you.
5. Before and After Breast Surgery: Consistent Images
Keep an eye out for consistent light and backgrounds. When you look at a before and after image, the focus should be on the person. There should be no transformational background, piece of clothing, or mixed-matched angles. The purpose of before and after photos is to give potential patients a clear image of the result that you’re potential plastic surgeon has already achieved. While not all of these are huge red flags, it’s something to keep in mind when looking at before and after images.
How to Spot Red Flags in Before and After Cosmetic Surgery Images
Whether you’re researching a potential plastic surgeon for your breast implants, Vaser liposuction, or fillers, it’s important to feel like you see the real final result. The above elements are important in evaluating before and after breast implant images. Here are some red flags to be careful of, so you can book a consultation with the right plastic surgeon for you.
Watch Out for Angles
Sometimes a certain angle can make a result of a procedure look too perfect. It’s important that the before and after images use the same angle. In some cases, the final image selected could be from the most flattering angle. But the before and after photos should be completely real and use similar angles.
Check for Makeup
As you will know, makeup can do magical things. This one particularly applies to facial procedures. The makeup should be consistent in both before and after images. You should be able to see the final result makeup-free so you can have a clear idea of what to expect.
Breast augmentation continues to be the top cosmetic procedure in the UK. Evaluating before and after breast implant images is a crucial step in researching your potential plastic surgeon. Typically, during your cosmetic surgery consultation, you will go through some before and after breast implant photos with your doctor. This is a great time to ask any questions and make sure you feel 100% confident in your decision.