There is a recent study issued by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that points out the importance of before and after photographs for patients.
In a study looking at patients considering reconstructive options for breast cancer they found that 89% of women wanted to see before and after photographs to help them make an informed decision about the surgical course.
I think this highlights the fact that quality before and after photographs are invaluable both to patients who are considering undergoing surgery as well as to patients who have not yet made the decision as to which procedure would best suit their needs.
‘A picture paints a thousand words’ is never more true when we deal in results of that are largely defined by the quality of the appearance.
I will continue to use before and after photographs as a teaching tool for patients at the time of consultation and encourage patients considering procedures to review as many before and after surgery results, be it for breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, face-lift, neck-lift or body contouring surgery so that they can make an informed decision as to which procedure would best suit their needs.
Dr Jeremy Hunt