Imaging morphing in rhinoplasty (nose job) can be a very powerful tool for preoperative patient education and planning. I am using it now frequently in my cosmetic surgery practice in Austin, Texas. I find that it is one of the best ways to have a discussion with a patient an verify that her/his expectations of the result are reasonable and to confirm that I am understanding the patient’s needs and desires.
With that said imaging has its limitations. I find that the lateral or profile view is far more helpful than the frontal or portrait view. Also as one can see in this series of photographs results do end up varying from the morphed projection. This is a very early result (1 wk) so with resolution of swelling we will see the final result likely look more like the morphed image. Nevertheless, the imaged results helped in our discussion and thus helped with the high degree of patient satisfaction this patient already has. Given that I already pointed out that this is a very early result, it is a good demonstration of the fact that when a rhinoplasty is preformed precisely, gently, and the patient emerges from anesthesia smoothly, bruising is kept at a minimum. This is even true when the patient has a rhinoplasty (nose job) that requires the bones be “broken” (osteotomies) as this patient did.