Looking to share your before and after surgery photos?

So you’ve decided to share your before and after photos from your recent plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure. That kind of sharing is often encouraged--it helps people get a sense of what these procedures can really do, making it easier for surgeons and patients alike to manage expectations. Either way, the decision to share your before and after photos is a personal one--so it should only be done if you have a desire to share.

You’ve undergone some cosmetic surgery and you are ready to share. Not everyone is, of course, but if you want to know to share your before and after photos, we have some tips that might help you get the most mileage out of your transformational photos. And these tips are helpful because cosmetic surgery isn’t always the most obvious thing.

How to Share Your Before and After Photos on Social Media

Or, to put it another way, cosmetic surgeons often prioritize subtle and small changes when they perform procedures. That’s the whole point of something like Botox, right? You don’t necessarily want people to know you’ve had work done, you just want them to know you look good.

But if you’re looking to show off that transformation, there are some things you can do to help highlight how you’ve changed. The specifics will vary depending on the procedure, but in general there are some ways you can highlight a transformation. Certainly, no one should feel compelled to share before and after photos. But if it’s something you want to talk about and highlight, there are some ways to get the most bang for your buck.

Try to Take the Same Photo Twice

The first piece of advice is going to sound a little funny, but it’s actually pretty simple: try to take the same photo twice. But you’re trying to show off a transformation, right? How can you take the same photo twice and show how things are different? Well, here’s what I mean: try to keep everything except your transformation the same.

  • The background: Changing the background in your before or after picture will only draw attention to what’s behind you. Your results won’t stand out as much. Try to take your before and after photo in front of a stark white wall or some other similarly boring background.
  • Your pose: Try to keep everything about yourself, including your pose, the same from photo to photo. Now, you might not get things exactly right, and that’s okay. But the more similar you can keep your photos, the better you’ll be able to draw attention to what’s changed.
  • The lighting: Vast changes in lighting can cause a significant difference in how you look. And if you want, for example, the Botox or dermal fillers results to be the star of the show, lighting changes won’t help you. In fact, stark lighting changes will make it hard for your cosmetic surgery results to stand out because all people will see are those light changes. So keep the lighting consistent and you should be okay.

If all of that lines up, your photo should really draw attention to the only thing that’s changed: you. Sharing your before and after photo is really about showing off that transformation, so you want to make sure you make it as visible as possible.

Share With the Right People

The decision to undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery is a personal one. And, unfortunately, it’s still one that can carry with it a certain amount of judgement and criticism. There’s no getting around that, and if you’re excited to share your before and after story, you shouldn’t let the criticism stop you.

It helps to be prepared, however. And one of the best ways to protect yourself is to share your before and after photos with the right people. Generally, that’s going to mean sharing your before and after images with family and friends–close family and friends. People you trust.

That’s not to say that you can’t eventually spread your sharing net a little wider. But it’s important that those first impressions be good ones. When you post, you can even mention that you’d like a little positive reinforcement. In most social circles, your friends and family will respond favorably to such a request.

Only Share What You Want to Share

If you’re sharing before and after photos of any kind, it’s important that you only share what you want to share. For example, if you’ve undergone a breast augmentation, you may not want to share the totality of your transformation (indeed, you may afoul of several social media filters and terms of service if you try).

But the important thing to remember here is pretty simple: you’re under no obligation to share any more than you feel compelled to share. You don’t even have to share your before and after images at all if you don’t want to, nor do you have to somehow be transparent about your cosmetic surgery procedure. That’s all up to you.


About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been writing about plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for nearly twenty years. During that time, he has also worked as a plastic surgery marketer, helping surgeons connect with the public.

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