Advancements in technology have their footprint all over the plastic surgery field. Patients are now able to learn about procedures and doctors through the internet, and doctors are able to keep up-to-date on surgical advancements. One of the most useful tools for both patients and doctors is virtual computer imaging, which can be used prior to your Asian rhinoplasty surgery to help the surgeon fully understand your preferences and how they fit realistically with your aesthetics.
How Surgeons Use Computer Imaging
- Demonstration – Unless you are a medical student, it might be somewhat confusing to read about Asian rhinoplasty online. Your nose may be a small part of your body, but it has many intricate parts that determine how it looks and functions. Rhinoplasty surgeons can use computer imaging software to visually explain how the surgery will go by using a couple of pictures to show the entire procedure.
- Showing results – Patients sometimes have difficulty picturing the final result and holding a magazine picture up to your face doesn’t really help. Surgeons are able to show patients what their nose will look like after surgery using a 3D computer program that morphs the old nose into the new nose. Other programs allow the doctor to virtually adjust the nose right there with the patient. Both of these options show the results that the surgeon is aiming for with your Asian rhinoplasty.
- Studying – Your Asian rhinoplasty surgeon doesn’t only look at your nose when you’re at his office. Using the before pictures and computer imaging, the surgeon can virtually examine your nose while you’re not present to decide the safest and best course of action for your surgery. Computer imaging can also help the surgeon better understand what you want as a patient. Sometimes showing is much easier than telling!
How Patients Use Computer Imaging
- Experimentation – There are less sophisticated versions of rhinoplasty computer imaging available online for patients to experiment with different nose shapes and sizes before making a consultation with a surgeon. These sites will not be as accurate as the programs used by surgeons, but they can give you a general idea about what kind of nose will look good on your face.
- Choosing a surgeon – You should use your consultation to assess your potential doctor and decide if he or she will be the best surgeon for you. Many doctors have virtual computer imaging programs in their office, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should choose them.
- Gaining confidence – A lot of patients know that they want to change their nose, but they don’t know how. Online imaging programs and programs used by the surgeon can show you different options and help you narrow down your choices. You want to feel confident in both your choice of surgeon and how you want your nose to look before having surgery.
Limitations of Computer Imaging
- It’s not magic – Your surgeon will do the very best he or she can to give you the best results possible, but what you see on a computer screen is not 100 percent guaranteed. Computer imaging doesn’t take into account the type of tissue underneath your skin or the internal structures of your nose, so sometimes a doctor has to make a change to your rhinoplasty to keep you healthy and safe or to deal with any complications. The computer isn’t the one doing your surgery; it’s the doctor, which means that there is room for some variation between what you see on the computer screen and what you’ll see coming out of surgery.
- It’s not a doctor – If you play around with virtual rhinoplasty tools online and find something you like, you may go to an actual surgeon and find that what you want isn’t possible. That’s because a computer can’t make the best decision for you as a patient; it can only show you what your nose could look like. However, a good Asian rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to work with you to get you as close as possible to the results you want while maintaining your facial harmony and protecting your health.
Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery
Dr. Paul Nassif frequently uses virtual computer imaging during his consultations with his rhinoplasty patients. He is a specialist in Asian rhinoplasty and has been featured on many different television programs, including “Good Morning, America,” “Dr. 90210,” and his current show on E! network, “Botched.” Dr. Nassif is recognized around the world for his expertise in rhinoplasty and his dedication to his patients. If you would like to schedule a consultation for Asian rhinoplasty, contact us today at (310) 275-2467.