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Medical Photography and ‘Selfies’

Social Media has gained so much traction in this modern age and has driven a lot of what people consider is acceptable in regards to physical appearance and image. What they don’t show on their social media posts is that the typical social media influencer or ‘guru’ takes many photos in order to find that ‘1’ photo to post on their social media platform that depicts them as ‘perfect’. These images have sometimes had filters and other effects applied to make the image appear very beautiful and perfect – but not realistic. It also means that many patients that spend a lot of time on social media don’t realise that the images they often see are not realistic of the actual person the image is of.

Medical photography, unlike social media, uses a professional camera with pre set settings, protocols and surroundings, that are programmed to produce standardised and reproducible photography. This enables a practice to have before and after photographs for patients proceeding with surgery or procedures.

Selfies or non medical photography can be useful for patients that wish to send a photo from home or an interstate or overseas site in order to ascertain some idea of what condition or recovery a patient is experiencing. However, these are not medical standard photographs and do not provide an exact representation.

There have been articles published about the problems with ‘selfie’ photographs and distorted images due to concavity of lenses, proximity of camera etcetera.

We recommend our patients attend all post operative and review appointments to have their medical photography taken.