It’s evident and understandable that many people who consider plastic surgery would like to see before and after pictures of people that have gone before them. My quick advice would be to ensure you talk to your surgeon about this – he should be able to provide plenty of these types of pictures for you to take a look at. For the purpose of this post, though, I’d like to break this down a bit more and give some insights beyond the physical – what elseyou should be looking at for each procedure.
I won’t go into “Plastic Surgery Gone Bad” type photos but I will select public images of well-known people as these are often the easiest to find before and after type since celebrities and such usually have a well documented history of what they looked like early in their lives as well as currently thanks to the media, movies, tv, etc.
So lets dig in (pun intended) starting with the nose:
Rhinoplasty Before and After
More than probably any other plastic surgery procedure, Rhinoplasty, or the venerable “nose job” is front and center of your appearance – a job well done is a beautiful sight to behold while one that was done incorrectly can affect the patient terribly. Worst yet, there are some effects that are very difficult to correct once done so some patients can end up worse off than before. As always ensure you know your surgeon, have seen many examples of his or her work, and have talked with a number of previous patients.
There are primarily three areas to look at to determine if a Rhinoplasty has been done correctly or not:
Functionality: If the patient’s breathing has become labored or otherwise more difficult since the Rhinoplasty, then the surgeon has done something wrong. Many nose jobs are intended to make the nose smaller and, as such, must take into account airflow through the nostrils and internal valves. It’s not uncommon to correct a deviated septum as a part of a Rhinoplasty and this procedure can certainly affect the patient’s ability to breathe properly.
Proportion: The nose should present a good proportion with the other features of the face – a nose that has been altered to become too large or too small for the patient’s face is problematic and immediately recognizable.
Position: Many things can affect the positioning aspect of a Rhinoplasty. Nostrils that are asymmetric – one higher than the other – is not uncommon. By the same token, each nostril should be as identical as possible so seeing one nostril opening larger than the other is similarly incorrect. An upturned nose is also a sign that the Rhinoplasty was not successful.
Let’s start with taking a look at what is a very well done Rhinoplasty on one of Hollywood’s most beautiful faces – Sandra Bullock:
It’s not difficult to see the excellent work that has been done on Sandra Bullock. In spite of the fact that I (personally) found her much more attractive before, you can see that the surgery to narrow her nostrils and her nose overall went very well – a very nicely done nose resulting in a very good look with the above areas of Functionality, Proportion and Position all exactly correct. Another example is below and as before, it’s fairly easy to see the changes that have been made although this time around, we see that the “before” pictures actually suffered from incorrect Proportion and Placement. Shia Lebouf’s results are astonishingly well done.
And last, and most certainly not least, is Tom Cruise. Early pictures of his are notable because of this and proportion of his nose and it’s easy to see that his later films how a more streamlined, better positioned and much better proportioned nose.
Tummy Tuck Before and After
A Tummy Tuck is an immensely personal procedure to undergo and the expectations of what everything will look like afterwards are always high – otherwise, why go through it? Plastic Surgeons who perform Tummy Tucks are just like any other surgeon or any other professional for that matter – there is a wide range of skill and experience and, of course, you should do your due diligence to research your surgeon’s experience, credentials, and medical standing prior to making a decision.
When discussing this with your surgeon, you should be given ample before and after pictures to look through to help you ascertain just how good this surgeon is. Here are a few things to look for:
Scars: Tummy Tuck surgery leaves scars and there’s just no way around it. The best surgeons are able to keep the scars as low as possible – below the bikini line – and should heal as a fine, thin line.
Belly Button: Depending on the extent of your surgery, the surgeon may be able to sculp your belly button and the intended result here is a nice feminine belly button that matches the rest of your body.
Contour: A quick glance at before and after pictures may not give you a good overview of the true contour affects of the Tummy Tuck unless you are consciously looking for it. Take a few minutes to take in the overall general appearance – notice the symmetry, notice how the abdominal tissues above and below the scar flow – everything should be smooth and with no lumps or noticeable transitions.
Shape: The intention of a Tummy Tuck is always to make your midsection look better. Flat, tight and thin are good goals to shoot for here and when looking over the before and after pictures of your prospective surgeon, these traits should be apparent.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a great procedure to consider to help correct problems with either the upper or the lower eyelid. Of the two, procedures done to the upper eyelid are usually considered less risky. One of the most common complaints of patients after having eyelid surgery is chemosis, or “dry eye” and can be easily remedied with drops.
As with any surgical procedure, talk to your surgeon until you are completely satisfied and comfortable with him or her. Do not fall into the trap of thinking this is “only” eyelid surgery and is therefore easy. This is to be taken very seriously as a less than competent surgeon can cause problems that will plaque you for the rest of your life. So do you research and don’t take this lightly.
Scars a very common concern for blepharoplasty patients, and rightly so. It’s often asked how long the patient should expect the scars to remain and this is where the surgeon should go into a good bit of detail about how scars actually heal and the typical timelines involved. After about 5 weeks, the average patient starts to wonder why the scars are still so visible. A few things to consider:
For the most part, blepharoplasty incisions tend to heal very well and result in almost inperceptible lines.
After about 5 weeks, your scar has went through a couple of collagen transformations and will, after “around” this point, start to flatten out a bit. This is also the time the skin over the scar turns red or pink and will eventually (a few weeks later) return to your normal skin color.
There are some conditions that will affect this – genetics, infections, normal skin tone, etc.
If you find yourself in the sun a lot after your procedure, you should be protecting the scar areas with a good SPF and wear sunglasses as well.
For the average Breast Augmentation patient, the main question is “when will the scars go away”. First, I invite you to take a look at the part above where scar healing is discussed under Blepharoplasty – the same scar healing process applies.
In addition to this, you can consider using silicon gels or silicon strips to help soften and smooth the scars as well as improve their appearance. This should be done in accordance with your surgeon’s recommendations and awareness. Your surgeon might also recommend steroid injections to help with the healing process.
Depending on where your scars actually are will determine how they heal and how visible they will be afterwards regardless of the healing process. Scars in the armpit area are oftentimes almost entirely invisible while scars under the breast tend to be more visible and there for require a bit more care during the healing process.
You should avoid exposing the scar to sunlight for about 6 months and use a good SPF when you do venture out in the sun. It is not unusual for scars from Breast Augmentation to take up to a full year to fully heal to the point where you can see significant difference in the scar tissue itself and see that it is blended nicely with the surrounding skin.
Breast Reduction Before and After
Scars associated with Breast Reduction will fall into the same camp as those related to Breast Augmentation. The same cautions and healing timelines apply.
Gynecomastia Before and After
Gynecomastia, or breast reduction for me, usually has the same scars and healing requirements as breast reduction for women with the added emphasis on “no lifting” or “no straining” for a given amount of time. Guys being guys, your surgeon will want to make sure you don’t go out and play a game of football or decide to take up kayaking the week after your procedure. Not saying this isn’t a concern for women as well, just that typically, it’s more of a concern for me.
Mommy Makeover Before and After
A Mommy Makeover procedure encompasses multiple procedures explained on this page so depending on the actual procedure being performed, the specific section above will give you a good overview to go with.
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