Computer imaging is extremely important in our practice in helping our patients to articulate their goals for rhinoplasty surgery and for us to be able to communicate effectively what can or cannot be accomplished with surgery. It is not just about drawing a picture of a good-looking nose. For us, it is about being able to show accurately how each proposed change in surgery will truly affect every other aspect of the nose. It is critical for us that we are honest, precise, and real in our imaging. For that reason, we do not over-image but, instead, image a change that we know we can deliver. As a result, we are not only comfortable sending our patients their images before surgery; we use these images as a vital tool to facilitate conversation during the final pre-op visit to make sure that we completely understand the desired aesthetic. And then, we do not deviate from this aesthetic during surgery.
We have compiled images of several patients that we will post over the next several blogs to give you an idea of just how closely the imaged result can predict the final outcome. In these images, you will see the Before Unimaged photo on the left, the Before Imaged photo in the middle and the one-year After photo on the right.
This patient suffered a severely twisted and collapsed nose resulting from prior surgery. The goal and result was achievement of a smooth, natural nose that corrected the scoop, over-projection, nostril retraction and hanging columella while restoring normal breathing. On a side note, the neck liposuction result was even better than predicted.