Dark shadows are the enemy of beautiful photos and the fresh radiance of youth. Photographers are aware of this and that is why they illuminate the face accordingly to create a flattering picture. In order to be able to analyze the bothersome dark areas in a patient’s face precisely, I photograph their face in illuminated conditions that illustrate exactly where the non-reflective areas are. Using this and, if available, a photo from an earlier date, the treatment plan is created in accordance with the patient’s desires. The success of this concept can be simulated before the face is treated. The relevant areas are “blurred” with a white eyeliner pencil on one half of the face. The side by side comparison of both halves of the face allows my patients to see a realistic impression of the effect of the treatment.