Dark shadows on the face are a tell-tale sign of the lost radiance of youth. They are also the enemy of beautiful photos. Photographers are aware of this issue, and that’s why they illuminate the face accordingly to create a flattering picture.
To analyze bothersome dark areas on a patient’s face precisely, I photograph their face in illuminated conditions that illustrate exactly where the non-reflective areas are. Using this image and, if available, a photo from an earlier date, a treatment plan is created.
The results of treatment can be simulated with the relevant shadowed areas “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 what the effect of the treatment can look like.