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What Exactly to Look for in Breast Augmentation Before-and-After Pictures

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Thinking about breast augmentation in the Redondo Beach area? It’s no secret that looking through before-and-after photos by plastic surgeons near you will play a big part in your research. Before-and-after pictures offer an unfiltered look into what a surgeon is capable of and what awaits you on the other side of surgery. But do you know what you should be looking for as you click through each transformation?

Read on to learn more about great things to see in a surgeon’s photo gallery, red flags to keep an eye out for, and how to decipher the difference between good and exceptional breast augmentation results.

Maintained or Improved Symmetry

One of the many benefits of breast augmentation is that it has the power to correct asymmetry. Many women have one breast that is naturally smaller, larger, or shaped differently than the other. In fact, some reports find that it’s more common to have some degree of breast asymmetry than it is not to.

If this is your primary reason for choosing the surgery, you’ll want to be sure your chosen surgeon has plenty of before-and-after photos that show clearly improved symmetry.

Even if correcting asymmetry isn’t a concern of yours, check that your surgeon does a great job of keeping symmetrical breasts symmetrical after adding implants. (This may be something you notice more when it’s wrong than you do when it’s right.)

Well-Healed & Well-Hidden Incisions

You don’t want scars to detract from the beauty of your breast transformation. While all breast augmentation incisions are designed to be easily hidden under even a teeny bikini, before-and-after photos will give you a good understanding of what your scars will look like out of clothes.

Your plastic surgeon may place your breast augmentation incisions in a few different areas:

  • Inframammary: Along the crease between your breast and your chest wall
  • Periareolar: Around the lower border of your areola
  • Transaxillary: Inside your armpit

Check these areas in photos to see how easily you can spot the incisions and how small, short, thin, and beautifully healed they are.

At South Bay Plastic Surgeons, our surgeons use multiple-layer sutures to encourage effective healing with as little scarring as possible.

A Variety of Body Shapes

When you look at a surgeon’s gallery as a whole, it’s a good sign to see women of many different body shapes, sizes, and even ages. This reflects the surgeon’s experience working with many different types of cases and bringing out the best in each one. It gives you a bit more confidence that whatever your current breasts may look like and whatever your goals may be, this surgeon has what it takes to bring your dreams to life and has done so before for other women like you.

Consistent Lighting & Backdrops

It’s tough to get a great read on before-and-afters when there are a lot of variables in the picture. Watch out for transformations that include:

  • Different lighting
  • A new location or backdrop
  • Added or removed articles of clothing
  • Mixed-and-matched angles
  • Photos taken from much closer or farther away

While these aren’t necessarily red flags, you’ll get the most accurate, true-to-life representation of results with more consistent photos.

We snap our photos in the same conditions before and after surgery so the results can do all the talking.

Customized & Natural-Looking Results

It’s a no-brainer that you want your post-augmentation breasts to look real and to look like you. The secret to achieving this is to work with a surgeon who customizes every aspect of your procedure.

Surgeons personalize results by adjusting factors such as:

  • Implant size
  • Implant material
  • Implant profile
  • Implant placement

Learn all about these options and more in this previous blog post.

In a surgeon’s gallery, you shouldn’t come across any one-size-fits-all results. Instead, look for breasts that are in proportion with each woman’s body, complement her natural curves, and appear beautifully natural.

Start Your Research

Now that you know a bit more about what to look for, you can start browsing through galleries of plastic surgeons near you! We know the perfect place to start: our very own breast augmentation before-and-after photo gallery. There, you’ll find results created by our skilled plastic surgeons in Torrance, CA.

Want to learn more about all things breast augmentation? Contact us online or give us a call at (310) 784-0644 to get in touch.

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