What To Look for In Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos (Updated 2023)

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Before and after photos are an invaluable resource for women considering breast augmentation surgery. In the Atlanta area, women often narrow down their plastic surgeon options by reviewing the photos they see on the surgeons’ websites and at their consultations.

To benefit from these photos, however, you should look for certain elements to ensure you choose the best plastic surgeon for your needs. In this post, we’ll provide some guidelines to follow when looking through breast augmentation before and after photos and provide examples so you can get an even better idea of what to look for.

Symmetrical Breasts

It’s very common for women to have slight differences in the size of their breasts, called breast asymmetry. But when the difference is noticeable, women frequently consider breast augmentation. Plastic surgeons may address asymmetry by placing different-sized breast implants in each breast to create a more balanced and symmetrical look.

You should be able to see the difference between before and after photos. When patients have naturally symmetrical breasts, that symmetry should be maintained after the breast augmentation surgery.

Breast Augmentation Before & After Photo | Atlanta, GA | Plastic Surgery Center of the South
Our plastic surgeon used 650cc and 750cc saline breast implants to create symmetry and increase the size of the breasts from a 34C to a 36DD.

Hidden Scars

Concealing scars along natural creases below the breasts is a technique used by skilled breast augmentation surgeons. In a patient’s ‘after’ photos, any scars should be well-healed and barely visible. Our board-certified plastic surgeons offer several options for breast augmentation incision which can create discreet results. Read our related blog post about one of our favorite incision types: inframammary incision.

Breast Augmentation Before & After Photo | Atlanta, GA | Plastic Surgery Center of the South
Before & After

Natural Nipple Position

A well-performed breast augmentation should create a natural look in every way. The nipples play an important role in overall appearance. Like the breasts themselves, the nipples should match each other in appearance and position. The location of each nipple on the breast should lend itself to a natural look.

Multiple Angles

Before and after photos taken from different angles enable viewers to better assess the results and see the projection of the breasts.

Breast Augmentation Before & After Photo | Atlanta, GA | Plastic Surgery Center of the South
Our surgeon used a 350cc implant in the right breast and a 300cc implant in the left breast for this 29-year-old patient.

Natural-Looking Proportions

Most women considering breast augmentation want larger breasts that are in harmony with their bodies. It is important to keep in mind, though, that “after” photos taken relatively soon after the procedure won’t show the final results after the implants after settled. Be sure to look for any visible implant outline, as this should be well-concealed when the procedure is performed correctly.

Breast Augmentation Before & After Photo | Atlanta, GA | Plastic Surgery Center of the South
This 29-year-old female went with silicone gel implants and she received 350cc in the left breast and 375 in the right.

Diverse Body Types

It’s important that you’re able to find before and after photos of patients with body types similar to your own. You should see examples of women with narrow chests, broad chests, very little natural breast tissue, asymmetrical breasts, subtle size increases, and dramatic size increases. You can tell if a surgeon is comfortable customizing their technique to meet the needs of each patient when you see multiple body types.

Breast Augmentation Before & After Photo | Atlanta, GA | Plastic Surgery Center of the South
This 24-year-old patient is 5-foot 3-inches and 133 pounds and went from 34B to 34C after receiving 325cc gel implants.

Extensive Gallery

You can get a sense of how often a plastic surgery practice performs a certain procedure by the number of cases featured in their gallery of before and after photos. Plastic surgeons often have additional photos that you can ask to see during your consultation.

If you follow these tips, you’ll likely have success finding a skilled plastic surgeon who can create the results you want. If you’re looking in the Atlanta area for a breast augmentation specialist, you can request a consultation using the online form to meet personally with one of our surgeons or call us at (770) 421-1242 to schedule an appointment.

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