Is it a bad sign that my surgeon doesn't offer visual imaging for Rhinoplasty? (photos)
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Computer imaging at the time of consultation
Is it a bad sign that my surgeon doesn't offer visual imaging for Rhinoplasty?
To say that it is a bad sign that your surgeon does not offer visual imaging is not completely correct. As long as your feel comfortable that you have communicated your goals and they are understood by your surgeon, then that is the primary aim of a rhinoplasty consultation.
Dr Guy Watts
Imaging and rhinoplasty
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I can't do without it when I communicate with a patient. It tells me that we are both headed in the same direction and on the same page as you say, and gives a very real simulation of what I am aiming for in surgery. I personally however do not understand why a surgeon would say that it is not representative of the result they are trying to achieve.
Current software is very sophisticated. After examining you and doing photographs, I can then simulate what I think is achievable. One can show anything with the software so I should be able to make it realistic. The result I achieve should then be close to what I show you, or at least headed in a similar direction, give or take some allowance for the quality of your tissues and healing.
So does it mean that it is a negative if a surgeon doesn't use it? Probably not. It probably means they have just not used it. However most rhinoplasty surgeons use imaging software these days. It is a very useful tool.
I hope this helps.
Visual Imaging for Rhinoplasty
Visual Imaging Software is a Double Edge Sword
Most plastic surgeons approach cosmetic rhinoplasty by identifying the desire endpoints of the patient and reconcile these aspirations with the technical constraints presented by the patient's anatomy. Communication between surgeon and patient is essential to prevent disappointment.
Pre and postop photos of patients with similar facial morphology, diagrams of nasal anatomy, photoshopped images, and visual imaging software are all common tools used by rhinoplasty surgeons to level the disparity between patient expectation and surgical outcome anticipated by the surgeon. No single tool has proven better.
The absence of visual imaging should not be negatively interpreted. Furthermore, its use can be costly and may further the disappointment if the final outcome of rhinoplasty does not approximate the predicted changes generated by the visual imaging software.
Rhinoplasty photo simulations
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