The plastic surgery before-and-after photos posted online are intended to do much more than impress you. They are also meant to educate you about the unique possibilities of your procedure. With so many sizes and shapes to choose from, breast augmentation before-and-after gallery pictures are especially helpful for patients to reference when considering this popular procedure. We encourage you to utilize them as a tool to help us customize your procedure and deliver the results you want!
But with so many breast surgery images at your fingertips, do you get overwhelmed when clicking and comparing? Not to worry! We’ve compiled a helpful guide detailing what you should look for when studying before-and-after photos before your breast augmentation consultation.
How Diverse Is the Patient Gallery?
As you scroll and click through photos, does every patient result look similar? Or does the gallery reflect a diversity of shapes and sizes? Ideally, the before-and-after breast surgery images should include a range of cases, including women with asymmetrical breasts, patients seeking small versus large implants, those desiring more breast projection, and so on. A practice website featuring diverse breast augmentation pictures is a good sign—it indicates that your surgeon has the skill and expertise necessary to achieve your desired results.
How Detailed Is the Before-and-After Photo Gallery?
No matter how beautiful or impressive before-and-after pictures look, they should include captions that help communicate the patient’s transformation. It’s all in the details—accompanying descriptions will give you a more realistic understanding of actual results. Ideally, each before-and-after breast augmentation image should include case details like:
- Age of patient
- Cup size
- Type of implant (saline versus silicone)
- Implant size
- Implant placement (submuscular or subglandular)
- The patient’s concerns or goals
- How far post-op the “after” photos were taken
How Natural Do Results Appear?
While it’s important to understand that every patient has a different vision and, therefore, a unique outcome, “after” photos should appear natural and proportional—regardless of the shape or size of the chosen implants. Keep in mind that small implants may not provide adequate volume, while implants that are too large could potentially result in back pain or discomfort. A skilled surgeon will understand your goals and guide you toward beautiful results that complement your physique.
How Noticeable Are Any Scars?
One of your biggest concerns after breast augmentation surgery may be how visible your scars will be. In examining “after” photos, study how carefully the surgeon has concealed scars around the natural creases of the breasts. If the surgeon has performed exceptional work, scars should be barely visible, as reflected below:
Do Breasts and Nipples Look Symmetrical?
Natural breasts are rarely symmetrical. Many women pursue breast augmentation for this reason alone. Achieving breast symmetry helps boost confidence—along with fitting into bras and swimsuits more comfortably! In some cases, different-sized implants may be used for each breast to achieve ideal symmetry. Also, as volume is added to breasts, nipple symmetry can be impacted. In studying breast augmentation pictures, ensure there is no discrepancy between the size and shape of breasts and nipples. Note that if one nipple is visibly lower than the other, we may recommend a breast lift procedure in conjunction with your breast augmentation.
Do You Detect Any Breast “Rippling?”
Breast implant rippling is an unfortunate side effect of breast augmentation surgery that occurs when the folds or edges of breast implants become visible beneath the skin. Saline implants are often more susceptible to rippling. Patients who have breast implants placed above the chest muscle or who don’t have a lot of natural breast tissue may also be more likely to experience rippling. Depending on the angle of breast augmentation photos, you may be able to spot rippling beside the underarm. To avoid the risk of implant rippling, choose an experienced board-certified surgeon with the necessary skill and vision to help you achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.
Do Your Homework!
Now that you know what to look for in before-and-after breast augmentation photos, it’s time to start studying … and take notes along the way for your surgeon! We encourage you to browse our gallery of breast augmentation before-and-after pictures featuring actual Synergy Plastic Surgery patients to find examples you love. It’s perfectly OK to bring selections of before-and-after photos to your consultation to help visually communicate the results you want. In fact, your surgeon will probably thank you for doing your homework and giving them a clearer picture of what you’re looking for.
Are you ready to explore the possibilities of your breast augmentation options? Please request a consultation or call us at (512) 244-1439 to schedule an appointment at our Austin, Round Rock, or West Hills locations.