The Beauty World News website recently reported that there are an ever-increasing number of smartphone apps that are designed to help you determine the outcome of various plastic surgery techniques. In particular, there are some that claim to be able to predict rhinoplasty before and after photos in order to help the user decide which procedure is right for them.
While technology is a great asset in helping surgeons explain procedures to prospective patients, it is important to realize that doing it yourself on a smartphone or PC may not lead to results that reflect your particular nasal features.
Among other areas that can be remodeled, the following are common nasal features that people often request changes to:
- Nostrils (symmetry, reduction, etc…)
- Bridge (width, height)
- Tip size & nose length
All of the above can be modeled by a computer, and smartphone apps exist to show the effects on photos of the patient’s own face, but these should not be used as a substitute for a proper consultation with an experienced surgeon.
The Importance of Computer Imaging in Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgery
In a television interview for News Channel 8, Dr. Naderi explained the importance of ethnic rhinoplasty and the role of computer imaging in his advanced practice. Much like the apps reported on by Beauty World News, Dr. Naderi uses before and after simulations to show the patient what their new nose can look like.
But here’s the rub – Dr. Naderi takes into account the ethnicity of the patient, and uses his wealth of experience to produce a computer image that is as close to the end result as it is possible to get. For proof, he has posted before and after photos on the Naderi Center website, alongside the computer images that were presented to the patient before they agreed to the surgery.
This is simply not possible with current app technology, because every nose is different. Every face is different. Different ethnicities have different bone structures, and it takes a truly gifted surgeon to make alterations that are in harmony with the rest of the face.
Part of the process is in being able to fit a nasal shape onto a face, using a real photo, granted, but the tools available to professional surgeons, backed by their experience, cannot be packaged into a smartphone app.
The app, however, might be a good way to get an idea of the possibilities before booking that initial consultation.
Additional Concerns Raised by Before and After Apps
There are also concerns in the industry that having an app for cosmetic surgery will somehow trivialize it. It’s important for prospective patients to realize that there is a risk associated with any surgery, and that results are impossible to predict with absolute accuracy.
The truth is, the projected image created with digital imaging is best used as a tool to facilitate communication between surgeon and patient and to give the patient an idea of the changes that can be made. However, there are no guarantees that the end result will match the digital image.
For some, the surgical consultation is a way to deal with some of these issues, and have things explained in a way that only an experienced, sympathetic physician can. They may even end up choosing non-invasive options as a way to test the water with small, non-permanent changes.
For others, it’s a chance to better ensure that they end up with a new nose that will boost their self-confidence and bring success and happiness, secure in the knowledge that their ethnicity and natural symmetry has been respected and enhanced.
And that’s the real reason for choosing the best possible surgeon at every stage – a natural nose – and it’s not something that you’ll get by waving your smartphone at a cheaper, less experienced, general plastic surgeon.
Dr. Naderi is, simply, one of the best in his field. He is a specialist, and as aesthetically gifted as he is skilled as a surgeon. His photos and testimonials speak for themselves.
To learn more about ethnic rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and non-invasive techniques, and how a nose job could improve your confidence and self-esteem, please contact The Naderi Center at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.