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Creating "Copy Cat" Noses? (Photo)

I do understand that it depends on your original cartilage and bone structure. But is it a good idea to bring in examples of what you would like your nose to look like, when going to see a plastic surgeon? The nose that I would like to "copy cat" is quite a bit smaller than my own (tip size and bridge height). Just how much manipulation can be done to change the shape of a nose?

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Should I bring pictures of the noses I like for my rhinoplasty consultation

Bringing pictures of other noses will help your surgeon to better understand your likes and dislikes.  However, like you mentioned yourself, every person's nasal anatomy is different, and many times it is just impossible to surgically modify one's nose to copy cat someone else's.  You should discuss with your surgeon how close he can get to what your ideal is.

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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1046 South Orange Avenue
Short Hills, NJ 07078

"Copy Cat" Noses

It's certainly reasonable to bring photos to your consultation that demonstrate your expectations. The photos should be as a basis for discussion, and not as a demand to duplicate the results. Your expectations need to be realistic and appropriate for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

1501 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Bringing photos of other noses to consultation

It's certainly fine to bring photos of noses you'd like to "copy" to your surgery consultation. Like you said, we are limited to your specific features and skin thickness to some degree, but I do find it helpful to see what aesthetic my patients are going for when discussing their rhinoplasty options.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

1101 Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98104

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The best way to figure this out is to bring your desired look to the surgeon. The surgeon can then image your nose with computer imaging and try to get as close as possible to the nose you are looking for. This in turn should correlate to the results the surgeon has already had with other patients. Make sure your surgeon is very knowledgable with African American rhinoplasty.




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During a rhinoplasty consultation, it is reasonable to show your surgeon photos of the kind of nose you would like.  This will give your surgeon a better idea of what you are hoping to achieve and how realistic your expectations are.  However, always remember that no surgeon, no matter how skilled, can guarantee that your outcome will look like anyone else's nose.  Best wishes.

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It is a good idea to take photos of the nose you would like to your consultation. A photo allows your surgeon to know what your expectations are and he will let you know if they are realistic. You may be able to have similar results but remember the rest of your features also play a big role in the end result.

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I think photos are an aid to give the surgeon what you would like.  But it is impossible to guarantee a nose to look like someone else.  Everyone is different in multiple ways; even in the same family.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

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