Would you purchase a home before walking through it? Would you buy a vehicle without first test driving it? Probably not. The same would apply with cosmetic surgery. You would not want to commit to a procedure without first seeing what the results of that surgery would entail. It is your body after all and you have it for the rest of your life. If you are going to alter it, you will want those alterations to be for the better and worth every penny.
Unlike purchasing a product, the results of your cosmetic surgery are permanent and can not be reversed. The only way you can change the result if you are unhappy is to have more surgery, which is not always an option for those who can’t financial afford it. This is why being able to physically see the difference through a before and after picture is important before deciding if you do in fact want to follow through with the procedure.
Once you have decided to go ahead with the cosmetic surgery, it is important to pick the right surgeon. Ask to see before and after photos of patients they have operated on. If you do not like the work, you always have the option to go elsewhere. Just because a surgeon has been in the field for many years, does not necessarily make them good at what they do. A good plastic surgeon will have a lot of photos to show you as an example. If they do not, they are both new and lacking experience, or they have not had many successful procedures.
You will want to see different shots of surgeries that are similar to yours. You will want to see pictures of people who are similar in body shape and size as you to determine if these are the results you are looking for. Of course everybody is different and reacts differently in recovery, but the before and after photos should give you at least a small glimpse of what to expect.
When looking at the pictures make sure to look at the scars. Are they large and disfiguring? The incisions should have been made in natural creases or in the least conspicuous areas. Also, are there pictures of each case made from several different angles? You will want to see at least front, back, and profile shots of each body contouring case.
It is important to know what your body will look like from each angle following the procedure. You will want to carefully look for any abnormalities in the skin such as lumpiness or dimples which are often the results after some body contouring procedures. Look at the pictures carefully, asks the surgeon to explain each case and if you can, talk to a previous patient.
Pictures tell a thousand words. It is very important that if you want to have a successful cosmetic surgery with great results, that you ask the appropriate questions at the right time. Do not be afraid to ask for pictures, as these are key examples of the surgeons work.
Some people are born to be in front of the camera. Others are not blessed with such photogenic attributes. There are a couple easy things you can do to help you stop hiding from the camera and they are so simple you will wonder why you haven’t done them all along to begin with!
Pay Attention to How You Apply Your Make Up
In a world of digital photography and high definition cameras, you need to be fully aware of how you are applying your makeup if you know picture taking will be in your near future. If you wear makeup, make sure that your concealer and foundation are smoothly applied and match your skin tone correctly. Blend them slightly down your neck and near your ear lobes to create the most natural look. Oily skin can ruin a photo by reflecting too much light. Use oil blotting sheets or tissue paper (actual tissue paper, not kleenex) to dab off excess oil on the T-zone of your face. Use an exfoliator on your face to remove any dead skin cells which make your skin appear dull and lackluster in photos. Use a sugar scrub or a rough facial soap the morning of your photos
It is easy to tell those who are posing for a picture, and those who are not. Don’t create the smile you think you need, use your regular smile. The same goes with the shape of your eyes and the curve of your cheeks. The more you allow your natural emotions to show on your face, the better your pictures will look. Always smile with your teeth, because you would never laugh at a funny joke with your lips together. True smiles show off a toothy grin, not tightly pressed lips. Keep your face natural by allowing a real smile to peak through. When you are showing emotions your entire face is affected. Although many people associate a look of happiness with just a smile, your eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, and forehead are all affected equally as much. Make sure that you are allowing freedom of movement in your entire face.Read more photographic tips at http://www.betterphoto.com/exploring/tips.asp
Adjust the Angle of Your Face and Body
The angle of your face is tied to the direction you are looking at the camera. Just as how you shouldn’t look at the camera straight on, you also should not tilt your head up when taking photos. This will make your face look larger and get a good shot up the inside of your nose. Tilt your head slightly down and to the side for the most photogenic of looks. Facing a camera straight on does the same thing to your body as it does to your face. Your body will become flattened in a photograph, so a shot from the front will show you from the widest angle and make you look extra round. Turn ¾ to show your body from an angle and create shadows and depth in your pose. To slim your arms, put one on your hip and angle your elbow back and away from your body. If you are sitting for the photo, turn so that the camera is at your side rather than directly in front of you. Bend your knees and stagger your legs slightly. If you choose to cross your legs, cross the leg closest to the camera over the top of the other.
Find The Light Source
The source of light in your photo will greatly dictate the quality of your appearance in the end shot. A light source directly above you will give you dark shadows under your eyes, while one from the side will create bold background lines. Work so that your light source is in front of you and slightly above you. Whenever you can, take your photos in natural light near a window or outside. The best lighting for photos occurs in the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. When you can, try to take your pictures during these times. Although some photographers can use light metering to add brightness to a dark foreground, it is best to avoid taking pictures with your light source behind you. A light source coming from behind will darken your entire body and ruin a great picture.
Confidence will show in a photo, and is the key to being photogenic. Even if you don’t feel confident, act like it for the camera. The quality of your appearance in photos will greatly improve with a bit of personal knowledge that you look good, and that your photos will turn out great because of it.