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Surgical Pearls
Sept/Oct 2018

Preoperative Photographing and Morphing for Predictable Profiles in Rhinoplasty: Precision Profileplasty

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Ege University Medical Faculty, Izmir, Turkey
  • 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Başkent University, Istanbul Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2018;20(5):421-422. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2018.0210

Visual documentation is an essential part of the facial plastic surgeon’s practice. The standards and importance of before-and-after photodocumentation have been well established.1,2 Preoperative photodocumentation is essential from a medicolegal perspective, and it is also very useful for preoperative planning. Postoperative documentation and comparison also enables outcomes analysis and is essential for self-education. Currently—with the advances in morphing software—preoperative image morphing (PIM) is also an integral part of preoperative rhinoplasty consultation.3 PIM is an important tool that allows the surgeon to interactively communicate with the patient. It aids the surgeon in further understanding the patient’s preferences and desires regarding correction of the deformity. It also gives the surgeon an idea of the surgical techniques that will be required to correct the deformity.