four model pictures photoshopped together1 and 2: before Photoshop       3 and 4: after Photoshop: how many changes can you spot?

We are surrounded by and constantly exposed to images of absolutely fabulous looking women and men, with flawless skin, perfect proportions, ideal contours. Whether in printed materials, magazine glossies, or the plethora of internet sites and social media platforms, images of perfect faces and exceptionally thin and fit bodies abound. While it is certainly possible to improve our appearance by any number of means, including makeup and hair makeovers, facials and spa treatments, and diet and physical exercise, it is nonetheless important to maintain realistic expectations when it comes to achieving results. The same holds true for plastic surgery procedures, which offer many options for improvement, and are best suited for patients who understand what is possible.

The use of image altering applications and programs has had a significant impact on the pictures shared on facebook, twitter, instagram, and the like. For younger patients, teenagers and young adults in particular, who may be sorting out their own sense of identity, this is an important consideration. All patients in general, and teens and adolescents most importantly, should be educated in differentiating between results that may be accomplished via computer imaging modification as opposed to those that may be obtained by actual cosmetic surgery procedures, such as rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, and liposuction.

This YouTube video shows the extraordinary – and realistically, impossible – transformation of a model with Photoshop tools to change her face and body into an ideal creation.

Dr. Olivia Hutchinson is a top rated female plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery of the face, breast, and body. She is board certified in plastic surgery and has advanced fellowship training in aesthetic surgery. Her office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in NYC is equipped with a fully certified AAAASF Operating Room for the safety, privacy, and comfort of her patients. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hutchinson, please contact us or call us at (212) 452-1400.

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