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Preoperative photographs, using standard views, have long been used by rhinoplastic surgeons, both for surgical planning and as the basis for discussion with patients concerning surgical goals and realistic expectations of outcome postoperatively.
Undoubtedly, still photographs offer certain advantages when used for these purposes. They are easily obtained, reproduced, and stored. They allow for uniformity in the documentation and reporting of surgical outcomes. Finally, to obtain still photographs, little special expertise or expensive equipment is required.
However, unless instant photography equipment is used, developing these photographs takes a minimum of several hours and, therefore, may necessitate a second visit by the patient for review and discussion. Also, even when adjustments have been "drawn on" by the surgeon, it is difficult for most patients to imagine what they might look like postoperatively. This causes added anxiety for some patients and can frustrate a surgeon who wishes to adequately convey to a
THOMAS JR. Analysis of Patient Response to Preoperative Computerized Video Imaging. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(6):664. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860300018008
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