See what you can expect from the operation even before it is performed
Rhinoplasty is a procedure for which computer simulation has become an especially valuable aid. No other operation involves as many adjustable variables: the size of the nose in profile (in proportion to the chin), the length of the nose, nasal projection, the nasolabial angle, dorsal curvature, nasal width, the tip of the nose, (turbinate) reduction or augmentation of the root of the nose. Furthermore each patient has their own expectations. The patient’s sex and age also play an important role.
With the computer simulation the surgeon can demonstrate how much change is possible by means of an operation. The patient is handed out a printout of the simulation to take home with so that he can become accustomed to the new appeareance of his nose in advance. It is made clear, however, that the demonstrated alterations cannot always be realised with millimetre precision. That is something no surgeon can guarantee.