What To Look for in Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos

Woman in Boston, MA laying on bed looking at breast augmentation before-and-after photos (model)

Looking through before-and-after photos is one of the most important steps you can take as you search for a breast augmentation specialist. Boston women have no shortage of exceptional surgeons to choose from in the area, and browsing photo galleries can narrow your search down to a shortlist of surgeons whose results you love.

As you peruse online galleries, however, it’s critical that you know what to keep an eye out for. In this blog post, I’ll share a few criteria that can help you get the full picture when it comes to transformation photos.

Variety of Body Types and Natural Breast Sizes

A gallery full of women of all shapes, sizes, ages, ethnicities, and natural breast sizes is an excellent showcase of surgical ability. A diverse selection of cases demonstrates a surgeon’s skill in creating customized, natural-looking results designed to suit each unique individual.

A wide variety of cases also makes it more likely you’ll be able to find a case very similar to yours. When you find a woman whose “before” photo looks like you, it’s easier to envision what your own results may look like.

Inconspicuous Scarring

Most breast augmentation incisions are made either along the lower breast crease (inframammary incision) or around the border of the areola (periareolar incision). Both of these placements are well-disguised and leave minimal visible scarring.

When you look through before-and-after photos, your eye should not be drawn to any scars but rather to the results themselves. Red flags to keep an eye out for include scars that are wide, noticeably discolored, or poorly hidden.

You can learn more about my techniques for minimizing scarring in this blog post.

Natural-Looking Results

Ideal breast augmentation results should look very similar to natural breasts, complete with soft contours, a balance of upper and lower pole fullness, and proportions that match each woman’s body. Be wary of post-op breasts that appear “worked on” or unnaturally shaped.

Maintained or Improved Breast Symmetry

One of the more common reasons women pursue breast augmentation is to correct asymmetrical breasts. Healthline estimates more than half of women have some degree of breast asymmetry.

As you compare before-and-after photos, you should see a notable improvement in symmetry. Alternatively, if a woman had symmetrical breasts before, you should see that symmetry is maintained in her results.

Consistent Lighting, Body Positioning, and Backdrops

Seeing may be believing, but it’s important to be aware of subtle changes some surgeons may make to enhance their photos. Small adjustments to the lighting, posing, or location can take the focus away from the actual changes made to the breasts. Look for photos that are as consistent as possible to make sure you’re getting an accurate representation.

Now that you know what to keep an eye out for as you explore breast augmentation photos, you can start by visiting my before-and-after photo gallery if you’re ready to begin your research.

If you have questions about breast implant options in the Boston area or would like to speak in person about your goals, please request a consultation online or call (781) 237-7700.

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