How can I avoid getting a look I wasn't going for?
Provided you've chosen an experienced, dedicated rhinoplastic surgeon, communication is the key element. And with video imaging you show the surgeon what you want. This technological wonder involves a computerized system using software, video camera, and high resolution monitor to provide post-operative simulations with unparalled realism.
Computer imaging has become a standard part of pre-operative consultation between many aesthetic surgeons and their potential patients. Pencil sketches and marked up black and white photos are becoming relics of the past. With today's modern technology, patients get to see a remarkable and realistic digital rendering of what they will look like after surgery.
A specially trained staff member operates the system by taking video images of the face in several positions (front, side, three-quarters). The camera digitizes the information into the computer system. The software then allows the technician and the surgeon to manipulate the images, approximating the aesthetic sensibilities of the patient within the realm of surgical possibilities.
The world's leader in this technology is Mirror 2000 Imaging System. "We do video imaging during every consultation in our office", says Dr. Szachowicz. "The Mirror Imaging System makes me a much better listener - we can really pinpoint the expectations of the patient". In summary, video imaging allows you to experiment with a variety of changes, scaled to what is surgically feasible. You can then proceed to surgery comfortably, with fewer questions and misconceptions. Gone are the days of "just trust me", when your nose's fate rested in the hands of surgeon or magazine clippings of some model's face.