Plastic Surgery Pre-operative PhotographyYour plastic surgeon may take pre-operative photographs: they form an integral part of your medical chart. They are helpful in identifying the problems and in planning appropriate surgical corrections. They also are very helpful in the post-operative period to remind both patient and doctor of the exact original appearance.
Plastic surgery patients sometimes ask to see pre-operative and post-operative photos of other plastic surgery patients in order to form a better idea of the expected results. Some surgeons will not do this, because they believe that showing such photos presents the solution of a specific problem in one person which may not be at all related to another patient's condition and thereby be misleading. Some patients, thus, tend to entertain false hopes regarding their eventual results. It is necessary to realize that what appears on a photograph or a TV screen and what may be done in a specific case are two different things. Other surgeons think that showing pre-operative photos can give the plastic surgery patient an objective idea of the proposed correction. It is for you as the patient to judge and decide what you want, and to discuss it with your surgeon.