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Computer Imaging

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Is it bad if a surgeon doesn't have computer imaging to preview your nose before surgery?

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Computer imaging should not be considered a requirement for Rhinoplasty or Nose Surgery. In fact sometimes alteration of your image can create unrealistic expectations of your possible surgical result/ outcome. Consider looking at your surgeons Rhinoplasty results ( pre and post operative results) to get a better idea of what kind of result/ outcome you can anticipate. Be sure to focus on what issues bother you most about your nose. Rank them from 1 to 3 and communicate your concerns to your surgeon. Best,

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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I think that computer imaging is extremely useful in discussing potential goals during rhinoplasty consultation.  When imaging is used, both the surgeon and the patient can feel more comfortable that there is no misunderstanding regarding the cosmetic goals of the procedure.  (A picture is worth 1,000 words.)  If I display a morphed image that I think is both possible and what the patient desires, and then the patient absolutely hates the image, we both really have to reconsider moving forward!  If they love the picture, I’m happy to be their surgeon.

Best regards, 

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Computer imaging should be looked at a communication tool and not a realistic expectation of the surgical outcome. The computer does not take in consideration the different tissue healing, the forces of these healing and scars on the outcome. As much as pictures of models and the desired results can not be realistic.

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Computer Imaging & Rhinoplasty – It is optimal to use computer imaging to allow a patient to preview their nose before surgery. However, it should be presented in the proper way for educational purposes only and they are not a guarantees of results. I’ve done this for well over a decade and have not had a single problem with a patient, if presented in this manner, not as a marketing tool, but as an educational tool.

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