When my facelift patients in Dallas try to tell me about their surgery goals, one of the best tools I have to help them understand their anticipated results is before-and-after photos. By looking at photos before your consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can come prepared to talk about what you want. Here are a few ways photos can clue you in to your goals, and your surgeon’s skill:
- Photos provide a visual resume. Seeing the before-and-after photos of a surgeon’s former patients can give you a good idea about the surgeon’s level of skill. Of course, not all photos are reliable. When viewing, ask yourself, “Do the results look natural? Was special lighting or makeup used?” Look for photos that appear untouched rather than “flawless.”
- Photos can help you and your surgeon to get on the same page. Sometimes it’s much easier to communicate your expectations with a photo rather than with words. Taking photos to your surgeon of facelift patients you find attractive will help him or her understand your aesthetic preferences.
- Photos show you the different results possible. Facelift surgery is extremely personal and individual. The degree of change can be adjusted to accommodate your level of comfort. Seeing photos of both dramatic and subtle results can help you to articulate your preferred look.