March 9, 2007, Newsletter Issue #9: The Importance of Before and After Breast Implant Photos in Selecting a Surgeon

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Patients who neglect to ask potential plastic surgeons to provide before and after breast implant photos run the risk of selecting a subpar surgeon who is not capable of producing the high quality results the patient is seeking. A well-qualified and skillful breast augmentation surgeon will likely be extremely eager to show before and after breast implant photos to patients who are considering breast augmentation surgery. For these surgeons, the before and after photos of previous patients are a visual resume which potential patients can use to evaluate the skill level of the surgeon.

If possible, patients should also ask to see after photos taken during the recovery process and after the breasts have fully recovered from the procedure. This is important because it will provide information into how long the healing process will take and how much swelling and bruising is involved. Some plastic surgeons may take after photos when the compression bandages are removed and about midway through the recovery process in addition to taking photos after the patient has fully recovered from the procedure.

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