Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) July 06, 2013
According to a June 25, 2013 Allure Magazine article, titled “How to Smooth Cellulite...With Better Lighting,” the results seen in some before and after photos of cellulite removal and other aesthetic medical treatments may be so striking as to make one wonder whether or not it is the same person in both photos. A major factor towards the perception of cellulite on the legs or stomach, however, is not the appearance of the actual body part but the amount of light that it receives when photographed. When reviewing before and after photos it is important to understand just how big a difference lighting can play in the results seen (Go to goo.gl/aldlT).
“In California,” says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, “physicians are required to make before and after photos comparable in presentation, including lighting.”
According to the article, a major factor in the appearance of cellulite is how this particular folding of skin and fat acts on one’s body. Since cellulite pulls down on the skin itself, it will create depressions within skin and fat pockets that can be visible when a single source of light is shining down. The light creates natural shadows, making pockets of cellulite appear to resemble crags on the side of a mountain. When enough light is shone on legs or rears, the result is a simple optical illusion that washes out all of the shadows and creates a much smoother appearance.
The article goes on to say that the average person will have little ability to discern between a real before and after photo and a light-enhanced one. One place to start is to see if there are any shadows at all on the body part being photographed. Shadows are a natural result of direct lighting that casts intense light on the rising parts of skin but leaves the depressions in skin showing up as pockets of unsightly cellulite. When there are no visible shadows, any skin will appear smoother since there is no way for the eye to register any contrasts. Check to see if the light source is coming from the same angle and throwing the same shadows onto a body part.
“This is just one more example of why it’s important that consumers educate themselves prior to undergoing aesthetic procedures,” says Dr. Ourian.
Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer in laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse and Sculptra. These treatments are used for the correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and others. More information about before and after photos can be found on Epione’s website.