A friend with a gift for producing more e-mail than your friendly neighborhood surgeon can read e-mailed me a few pics including this one.
It spurred a thought:
“What part of Extreme Makeover results are the makeup?”
This lady apparently had just makeup. Well maybe in addition to more flattering camera-work for the after image.
Having been a photographer in years gone by, I make a concerted attempt to make my before and after images honest. Not all surgeons agree. Many have patients come for their before pictures without makeup and take their after images with soft studio lighting and makeup. This is cheating. Any photographer should be able to use camera tricks (and now Photoshop) to make their results look better than they are. You are not at your surgeon’s office to see how good the photography is, are you?
The bottom line is that you should look carefully at the pictures at your surgeon’s office before you have surgery.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2005-10-26 20:18:00.