The Smith Plastic Surgery Institute is a state of the art practice in Las Vegas, NV, providing a range of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery procedures. The practice is headed by Dr. Lane Smith, a board certified plastic surgeon, with expertise in various surgical procedures such as breast implants, tummy tuck, breast lift, rhinoplasty, labiaplasty, liposuction, among others. Patients in and around Las Vegas, NV have an opportunity to receive clean, cutting edge, and harmonious cosmetic enhancement treatments from Dr. Smith.
What Are Before and After Photos?
Before and after photos are a handy tool available to a cosmetic surgeon during an initial consultation about a surgical procedure. Many patients who are looking for a plastic surgery procedure are not very clear about which procedure may be more suited to meet their aesthetic needs.
During the initial consultation with the plastic surgeon, they can try to understand what kind of different treatment options may be available in their case, and which of them may be most appropriate considering their unique health condition, anatomy, aesthetic goals and affordability. The surgeon will usually refer to before and after photos while addressing the initial queries and concerns of the patient about a particular procedure.
Before and after pictures refer to the photographs of previous patients who have undergone a procedure such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, breast lift, rhinoplasty,labiaplasty, liposuction, or some other. In case of tummy tuck, it includes a full set of pictures of a patient prior to the surgery, and at different stages after the surgery. It may include photos taken immediately after the surgery, two weeks after the surgery and a few months after the surgery when the full effects of the procedure have appeared clearly.
As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Smith makes sure that his patients in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding communities have an access to before and after pictures so that they are in a position to make an informed decision about their treatment. His goal is to educate his patients as far as possible prior to the actual surgery. Dr. Smith also provides digital versions of before and after pictures on his website so that potential patients can review the photos online even before they visit his office for a consultation.
Benefits of Before and After Photos
In case of tummy tuck surgery, before and after photos play a key role in helping the patient make informed choices about the procedure. Some patients may be unsure about whether to choose tummy tuck surgery or liposuction. In other cases, the patient may be unable to decide whether to opt for full abdominoplasty or a mini tummy tuck surgery. Despite the best efforts of the plastic surgeon to explain the pros and cons of each option, sometimes the patient may not be very clear about their choice of procedure.
This is where before and after pictures can play an important role. They help a patient understand the clear impact of what various treatment alternatives can do to improve their physical appearance. Combined with the surgeon’s explanations and advice, the patient is in a better position to make a decision about which procedure to choose.
Sometimes a combination of two or more procedures such as tummy tuck and liposuction, or tummy tuck and breast lift or breast augmentation, may be more suited to achieve comprehensive results matching to the patient’s aesthetic aspirations. Before and after photos can allow a patient to have a visual understanding of the results, and make the most appropriate decision about the procedure.
One of the challenges in any cosmetic enhancement procedure is to ensure that the patient has realistic expectations from the surgery. An experienced cosmetic surgeon will ensure that before and after photos are used as an effective tool to serve this purpose.
In absence of these photos, there is always a risk that the patient may misunderstand the final outcome of the procedure despite the best explanations of the surgeon. If this happens, the patient may end up becoming disappointed with the results, even though the procedure may have been performed successfully with sparkling and notable results.
This scenario can be avoided entirely with before and after photos. If the patient has clearly seen, evaluated and approved the before and after photos of tummy tuck surgery, he or she will be able to form realistic expectations from the outcome of the surgery.
The surgeon will usually be able to ensure that the outcome meets or exceeds the patient’s expectations. Best candidates for any plastic surgery procedure are the ones who have realistic expectations from the outcome. They will be in a position to enjoy and benefit from the results in the best possible way for many years to come.