Today many patients coming in for rhinoplasty consultation want to know, "Doctor, what am I going to look like after I get the rhinoplasty?" And, of course, who doesn't want to do that? It's a huge advance in the ability for us to communicate with the patient when we've got the capability to put a person's face on the computer and morph it. It's wonderful, it's wonderful to be able to do that And, yes, we can do that today, but there has to be a caveat.

You have to realize that it is a computer. It's often two dimensional, it's not three dimensional. It's not the real person. So how you should look at computer imaging is that it's a communication device. It kind of helps you and the doctor get on the same page. It allows you to tell the doctor, "This is what I want." And it allows the doctor to tell you, "This is what's possible." And the two of you go back and forth looking at the computer imaging using it as a device to understand each other's wishes, desires, risks, and benefits.

And if you look at it within that context, then most patients are very happy with the outcome they achieve, and I hear quite frequently that the patients feel they look better in real life than they did on the computer.

Can 3D Imaging Accurately Predict Rhinoplasty Results?

Dr. Steven Dayan explains that while 3D imaging is available to patients in consultation, the computer screen model often falls short when compared to the real life result.