3D Imaging for Realistic Rhinoplasty Expectations

The demand for Rhinoplasty procedures is higher than ever. In a study conducted by ISAPS, out of the 23 million surgical and non surgical procedures performed during 2013, an estimated 954,423 were Rhinoplasty. In the same year, numbers of Rhinoplasty surgeries in the UK rose 19% from 2012.

Rhinoplasty has become so popular for a variety of reasons, including:

  • aesthetic benefits
  • medical benefits
  • celebrity endorsement
  • reduced stigma against cosmetic procedures



Rhinoplasty and cosmetic surgery clinics now are equipped with 3D imaging technology to help patients have real expectations and check the possibilities before going under the knife. But before that, let’s review some Rhinoplasty basics.

Rhinoplasty is popularly called a “nose job”. It’s a fairly common procedure performed in cosmetic surgery clinics. It is said that a good nose can enhance facial symmetry and profile. While it improves the aesthetic side of things, it may also help to improve nasal function.

The nose is the focal point of your face. It has the power to define your face. Although it is always advised that appearances shouldn’t control your life, a few tweaks can improve life to large scale if you have low self esteem. Candidates for Rhinoplasty include those with:

  1. a nose that is too large
  2. a hump in the bridge of the nose
  3. flared nostrils
  4. asymmetry
  5. breathing problems due to nose structure

Some nose surgery may include invasive procedures, however, there are alternatives which may not require so much of your time and pain. Nose jobs can be done invasively or with the use of fillers.

But of course Rhinoplasty may not come without risks. After the operation, a nose splint may be needed to protect the nose but may be removed after a week depending on the operation. Swelling and bruising is usually common after the procedure. What you should watch out for is bleeding and pain in the place of the surgery which might not be normal.

But since sophisticated surgical techniques are present, the risk and possible complications have been reduced compared to the procedures performed a decade ago.

After two weeks or more, the results of a Rhinoplasty surgery can be visible. Although one can do normal activity after this, there are several other things that you should avoid like performing intense workouts, running and blowing your nose. Unless your doctor signals you to do them, refrain from these activities.

3D Imaging and Rhinoplasty

3D imaging for cosmetic surgery is drawing in more patients than usual. This technology can be used for those who seek reshaping, ethnic Rhinoplasty, revision Rhinoplasty and others. It is operated by special software that takes images of the patient from all angles.

The 3D imaging projects the final result of the surgery. It presents a lifelike image of the patient. It’s like a preview of what to expect after the surgery only you can view it from every angle of the face. The doctor will present various versions until both the patient and the doctor are satisfied.

The virtualised image of your face allows you to work better with your doctor instead of just imagining the results of the surgery. This feature has come a long way since the first generation of Rhinoplasty. This 3D imaging is also used on other cosmetic procedures like blepharoplasty, chin augmentation, browlift, and even facelift. Some clinics also project these realistic expectation through 3D image for those who would like surgeries for the body, liposuction, chest implants for men and breast implants for women.

Although 3D imaging can help in getting the desired result, there can still be discrepancies between the projected images of the nose surgery and the actual outcome.

Cosmetic Procedures and Realistic Expectations


The use of 3D imaging in cosmetic surgery now helps doctors and patients see the post-operative outcomes.

Still, 3D imaging is done with patients in an upright position while the operation is done while patients are lying down. This might lead to minor inaccuracies compared to the projected image. Imaging may help patients understand the limits of cosmetic surgery. Often, patients request for the shape of a famous celebrity’s nose only to find that it doesn’t fit their face. 3D imaging certainly does the job of making them realise this.

Most doctors use 3D imaging to gauge a client’s realistic expectations. If a patient requests something that is not achievable, the doctor can try to show them they will be dissatisfied using imaging technology. In the cosmetic surgery field, thousands of patients are rejected by doctors due to unrealistic expectations.

Ensuring the Best Rhinoplasty


There are so many ways to ensure that you will be given the best Rhinoplasty:

  • 3D imaging
  • choice of clinics and surgeons
  • check credentials
  • seek information from government websites


It is important that you discuss your expectations with your surgeon. It’s one of the best ways to make everything a success. Plus, 3D imaging can help you get the best possible result from your procedure.

For Rhinoplasty or cosmetic surgery information in general, check the following Australian Government websites and articles:



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