Question: How accurate are computer images projecting the result of a nose job? Can these be relied upon?
Answer: Computer imaging of the nose is a great tool for educating the patient about what results to expect. Computer imaging involves taking photos of the patient’s nose, uploading them into a computer, and then in either 2D or 3D using software technology to reshape the patient’s nose to obtain the potential image of what the rhinoplasty results can look like. These projected results using the newest software technology greatly enhances the surgeon’s ability to actually plan the operation. It is also a great educational tool to allow the patient to understand exactly what the goals of the surgery are. The results of computer imaging are not identical to the results of surgery. These can never be identical because as true surgical operations deal with the natural tissue and can never be predicted. Using a computer, you can erase and retry and change things down to the finest scale. However, computer imaging can allow the patient to show exactly what they expect from the surgery and allow the surgeon to explain to the patient what a realistic goal of the surgery is. In summary, computer imaging of the nose is providing a new and exciting way to educate the patient about what to expect with rhinoplasty surgery results and this can greatly help the patient to understand what to expect after the surgery. It is very important to realize that the results that are drawn in the computer image cannot be guaranteed but an experienced surgeon will be able to achieve these results very closely.