Before making a significant life decision, it is only natural to want to analyze, research, and fully understand the outcome beforehand. The same goes for plastic surgery. Any cosmetic procedure is a big investment. If you are considering a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or other operation, you should ask your surgeon for before-and-after pictures of past patients who underwent the exact same procedure. This is essential for several reasons. First, as the patient you should be reassured of the surgeon’s credibility. If he does not have a portfolio of before-and-after photos, consider this a red flag. Plastic surgeons are trained to gather this material in order to show clientele their work. So if you come across a professional who does not have proof of his past procedures, it might be time to move on to the next practice. Additionally, looking at before-and-after pictures provides a better understanding of the results that can be anticipated. Seeing other patients who went through the same facelift or Mommy Makeover shows a detailed example of what your results might be. This leaves less room for any questioning or hesitation. You are given a visual of what the result might look like afterward. Finally, it is important for the patient to see the plastic surgeon’s skill and evaluate their work level. This aligns with the credibility feature as well. Seeing the before-and-after photos allows the individual to determine whether or not they want to follow through with the procedure. If the surgeon is able to show the patient strong photos from previous clients, that is a good sign. Ultimately, though, the decision is up to the customer. That’s why these pictures are so relevant. If you have any questions on how to prepare for your plastic surgery or how to determine whether or not you are working with the right practice, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Richard J. Brown at 480-947-2455.