[Ctd] What Do Plastic Surgery Pictures Look Like? David Hidalgo MD
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Thu Jul 12 01:43:17 PDT 2007
David Hidalgo MD
What Do Plastic Surgery Pictures Look Like?
The plastic surgery pictures usually come in pairs. One shot is taken before
the operation, the other - after it. You can see them almost at every
plastic surgery website and finding them is not a problem. Trouble begins
when you want to use them to make up your mind about the results of the
plastic surgery you want to have.
Which plastic surgery pictures are the good ones?
It is very easy to retouch these pictures. And I'm not talking only about
using Adobe Photoshop - such plain dishonesty won't work in the long run.
But plastic surgery pictures can be taken in such way that they will hide
more than they will show. Look only for the pictures that have the qualities
(1) There should be several plastic surgery pictures of one patient. They
should be taken from different angles to give you better view of what
actually has changed.
(2) The patient should not wear any makeup. It is quite common to take
"before" shots when patients don't wear any makeup and "after" shots - when
they wear it. Such plastic surgery pictures are almost useless.
(3) The lighting should be similar in both "before" and "after" pictures.
Playing with lighting can change things in the plastic surgery pictures just
as good as the Acrobat Photoshop.
How can we actually use them?
The first usage is quite obvious: we use plastic surgery pictures to see
what we can expect from, for example, breast augmentation. But there is also
one more way we can use them. You simply HAVE TO see the plastic surgery
pictures of you prospect doctor's patients. Almost all patients in plastic
surgery clinics are photographed, so all the photos should be available at
the clinic. If they refuse to show them or if they don't match the "good
plastic surgery pictures" description (see above), you'd better reconsider
your decision. Even if they aren't the effects of doctor's dishonesty, they
tell about sloppiness of the clinic's work. If they can't take the proper
pictures, how can they perform the serious and delicate surgery?
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