Computer Imaging and Rhinoplasty Consultation

COMPUTER IMAGING AND RHINOPLASTY CONSULTATION (Washington DC, Virginia & Chevy Chase Maryland)

The importance of digital computer imaging for Rhinoplasty patients cannot be stressed enough. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. The imaging is not a guarantee of the outcome but it’s the only accurate method of dialogue between the plastic surgeon and the Rhinoplasty patient. Computer morphing or imaging is the best way of ensuring that the plastic surgeon and the Rhinoplasty patient have similar goals and expectations and plans for the nose job. Computer imaging is a “road map” for the plastic surgeon. The road map is planned out during the Rhinoplasty consultation and then the “road trip” is carried out by the plastic surgeon bearing the goals of the computer imaging in mind during the surgery.

The computer-imaging should be performed by the surgeon doing the surgery. His nurse or tech or another imaging performed by another plastic surgeon or one performed online or by a friend or even by the patient is never as accurate as the computer imaging performed by the actual surgeon. However, imaging or photo-shopped pictures can be shown to the surgeon to relay desires and fears.

The reason computer imaging is so crucial is that there is no other way for the patient to visualize his or her new nose and new face before surgery, before going through a Rhinoplasty and before it’s too late! The time of nose splint or cast removal should not reveal a total surprise! More importantly the images should be fairly accurate and representative of the goals of the surgery and fairly realistic.

(1 a, b, c, & d) Samples of Dr. Naderi’s actual patients with pictures of their “before rhinoplasty” “computer imaging” and “actual after rhinoplasty” showing how close and realistic his results often are. But it is important to realize computer imaging is a “road map” and a tool for dialogue and not an exact promise of Rhinoplasty outcome.

For example, a patient with a “simple dorsal hump” who wants the hump removed may see several plastic surgeons. Obviously they all plan on removing the hump, but the degree or aggressiveness of reduction determines if a small residual hump remains or if the profile will be straight, slightly curved, or completely ski-sloped! Seeing the surgeon’s plans on the large computer screen before Rhinoplasty will allow the patient to discuss and adjust the surgical plans before it’s too late. Of course we are discussing a best-case scenario where the plastic surgeon is actually experienced and skilled but may not be “on the same page” as with the patient – if computer imaging is not used. If the surgeon is a bad surgeon or does not understand noses or his actual results and his computer imaging are totally different then all bets are off and you are better off looking for another plastic surgeon.