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How To Take High-Quality Plastic Surgery Before-and-After Photos


Seeing is believing for many patients. You can provide exceptionally written website content describing the results a procedure can achieve, but at the end of the day, consumers often want to be able to view the type of aesthetic transformation you can help them achieve with their own eyes.

With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that photo galleries are generally the most highly frequented sections of any plastic surgery or aesthetic care-related website (e.g. dermatology, medical spas, etc.). In fact, when reviewing site analytics, upwards of 50% of plastic surgery website visitors browse before-and-after picture galleries on average. These pages also often have one of the lowest bounce rates (meaning people tend to stick around).

Since photo galleries drive traffic and can help boost conversions, ensuring your website’s gallery is filled with numerous high-quality before-and-after photos is critical to your medical web marketing strategy. People are much less likely to hang around if they visit your gallery only to find limited and/or low-grade pictures for the procedure they are considering. Prospective patients want to view multiple cases, and they want to be able to clearly see the pre-treatment aesthetic concerns and post-treatment results of each case.

That is why it is important to consider patient diversity when building your before-and-after photo portfolio. Studies show that prospective clients often look for pictures that resemble themselves as a way of evaluating whether you can help them achieve their personal goals. This is why it can be useful to highlight cases featuring a range of ages, ethnicities, body types, and genders—where applicable—in your gallery.

So what sets good before-and-after photos apart? The primary factor is consistency. The goal of before-and-after photos is to showcase patient results, and the best way to draw emphasis to those results is by limiting other visual distractions in your photos. Things like pose, lighting, distance from the camera, and even clothing can all make a big difference when it comes to optimally highlighting your work. Plus, having an at least somewhat standardized look to all of your photos can make your whole gallery look more polished and professional!

In the following infographic, we’ve provided some tips to help you take higher-quality photos that can optimally showcase your skills as an aesthetic professional:

How to take high-quality before and after patient photos

Interested in learning more about the connection between photo galleries and Internet marketing success for plastic surgery websites? Whatever your web marketing questions or needs may be, Rosemont Media is happy to help. From advanced medical website design to search engine optimization (SEO) efforts, our team of specialists can answer your questions, manage the health of your website, and boost traffic to your elective healthcare practice. Contact Rosemont Media online or by telephone today!

Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on May 23, 2017.

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Marissa Lorberau


Marissa is a content writer with Rosemont Media. Born and raised near Seattle, her passion for wordcraft began at a young age, and she has been an avid reader and writer throughout her life. This culminated in her graduating with a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Washington. Marissa now brings her love of all things language-related to content marketing, and she is fascinated by the intersections between technology, communications, and linguistic development. In her free time, she can be found collecting rare books, writing poetry no one else will ever see, and getting lost in antique stores.