Computer imaging. Simulation of the result.
Preoperative computer imaging, also called simulation, is used to selectively manipulate digital photographs in order to reshape the nasal contour. When performed skillfully, the result is a realistic-looking image that enables both patient and surgeon to visualize the impact of specific cosmetic changes.
It is generally accepted that preoperative digital imaging:
- provides for improved communication between surgeon and patient;
- allows for reconciling differences between the patient’s desires and the surgeon’s aesthetic;
- aids in preoperative analysis and planning;
- is an excellent educational tool for the patient;
- provides a mechanism for critical self-assessment;
- and helps to identify patients with unrealistic expectations.
Most importantly, computer imaging allows patient to see the change and gives the surgeon an idea about patient’s aesthetic ideals.
The photos created through digital imaging are not a guarantee of desired result but more a goal of what surgeon hopes to obtain. Some overly ambitious simulation may be technically unrealistic or even surgically impossible.
Although the potential for abuse is ever present, a final result that resembles the computer imaging is often accomplished in skillful hands, especially when the computer imaging is conducted in a realistic manner. Below is an example of the patient who has taken advantage of the comuter imaging. As you can see in the photos below, the actual results is close to the simulation performed during the consultation.