What Should I Look for in Breast Augmentation Before-and-After Photos?

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Looking through before-and-after plastic surgery photos is an excellent way to assess a potential doctor’s abilities. Our breast augmentation patients from Dothan, AL, and beyond often report that photo galleries are the first pages they check when they begin their breast augmentation research. It is an easy, straightforward way to get an idea of the results you desire.

Unfortunately, patients are sometimes unsure which details they should be looking for in before-and-after photos. This blog post will share a few criteria readers should focus on as they view breast augmentation galleries.


Humans are intuitively aware of symmetry and beauty. Correcting asymmetry—and preserving preexisting symmetry—requires an artistic eye and a skillful approach. Many women have uneven breasts and use breast augmentation to correct this issue. If you’re interested in a breast enhancement procedure, it is important to find a surgeon who will strategically balance your proportions. 

Questions to ask:

  • If the breasts were asymmetrical in the before photos, are they more symmetrical in the after pictures? 
  • If the breasts were symmetrical before, have they maintained their symmetry in shape and size? 


Breast augmentation is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. It can be customized to suit each woman’s individual body shape. Proportion in breast augmentation is critical. It helps make the results look flattering and elegant instead of overfull or distracting.

Questions to ask:

  • Does the size of the breasts flatter each woman’s proportions?
  • Has the surgeon achieved a size increase that is noticeable but still balanced with the woman’s body?

Natural-looking results

Breast augmentation should enhance your natural beauty, not detract from it. Implants should give a feminine boost and blend in well with the rest of a patient’s figure. While some women actively seek more dramatic results, it is still important to find a surgeon who won’t create a “worked on” appearance. 

Questions to ask:

  • Does the breast shape look natural? 
  • Do the breasts appear too round or high on the chest?
  • Do the results scream “plastic surgery,” or do they blend in well with the rest of the woman’s body?

Body type variety

No two women are exactly alike. Because of this, you want a plastic surgeon who is able to adapt to many different types of body shapes and sizes. Look for before-and-after photos that feature a diverse range of body types. This shows that a surgeon has experience creating attractive results across many different shapes and can adapt the technique used to flatter each person. 

Questions to ask:

  • Are all patients about the same size and shape? Or is there more diversity?
  • Do the breasts look unique to each individual, or are the same proportions used on each woman?

Minimal scarring

Scarring is inevitable after breast augmentation. But thoughtful surgeons will pay close attention to where they place incisions and create them in a way that minimizes their size and discoloration. Make sure an incision is not the first thing your eye is drawn to when you see the results.

Questions to ask:

  • Is your eye immediately drawn to a noticeable scar?
  • Are incisions placed in discreet locations, or are they very obvious?

When starting plastic surgery research, photos are a great way to get more familiar with breast augmentation. Patients can learn a lot of information by looking at these photo galleries with an informed, discerning eye.

Browse our before-and-after gallery to see examples of the kinds of results you can expect from Southeastern Plastic Surgery. If you would like to learn more about your plastic surgery options in the Dothan, AL, and Tallahassee area, request a consultation online or call (850) 219-2000.

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