The Value in Plastic Surgery Before and After Photos

Determine What’s Possible

Plastic surgery before and after photos allow patients to determine what results are possible and help them appreciate what they will look like after their desired procedure, as well as making an informed decision prior to choosing a qualified plastic surgeon.


An experienced plastic surgeon with numerous before and after photos demonstrates that he or she is an expert by virtue of the sheer number or volume of cases performed. Furthermore, patients should be able to view multiple angles. By observing a 360-degree view of the results, patients will better appreciate the surgeon who is thorough with their sculpting abilities.

A Critical Eye

Pay close attention to the actual details in the before and after photos. The terminology we teach our patients is to “Judge the Photos with a Critical Eye”. Patients will quickly realize that it’s not enough for the post-procedure picture to be presented smaller than the pre-procedure picture. The sizing of plastic surgery before and after photos can be manipulated and is often not indicative of improvements following a body contouring procedure. 

Patients should also observe contour lines and aesthetic curves created by the surgeon as well as changes in lighting that can be used to create the illusion of improvements. For example – a more exposed or brighter lighting photograph can hide wrinkles, making a patient’s facelift result look better than it really is. 


In summary, it is important for plastic surgeons to be consistent with the presentation of before and after photos in order to help patients make an educated decision in choosing the right plastic surgeon.

Please see our complete gallery of before and after photos here

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