If you’ve ever wondered what you’d look like with a nose job and even searched for ways to see what your “after” photo would look like, you’re not alone. With the rise of photo editing apps, more people than ever are exploring ways to see what they might look like after rhinoplasty. As board-certified plastic surgeons and rhinoplasty specialists here in Chicago, however, we know just how inaccurate these apps can be. Instead of offering helpful guidance, they more often lead to misplaced optimism or skepticism and can even contribute to lower self-confidence.
What are the downfalls of these apps, and how can you accurately visualize your rhinoplasty results before surgery? Read on to learn more.
Can apps really show you what you would look like with a nose job?
FaceTune and other photo editing apps allow you to tweak your features so you can purportedly envision potential rhinoplasty results. With just a few taps, you can pinch in a narrower bridge, smooth away bumps, and shrink the size of your nose altogether. Instagram and Snapchat filters even have built-in “beauty filters” that reshape your nose, cheeks, chin, and other features to fit a predetermined “ideal.”
While these apps may give you a vague perception of what you would look like following a rhinoplasty, fillers, or other facial procedures, they fall very short in terms of accuracy. They rely on a single lighting scenario and camera angle to give you a 2D rendering that lacks depth and is not very true to your actual proportions. Even worse, this tweaking is being done by someone without a sophisticated understanding of facial anatomy, let alone experience in plastic surgery.
Relying solely on these apps may give you a false perception of what is possible. They can create unrealistic expectations that either make you believe you need surgical correction (when you may not) or make you think that surgery wouldn’t be able to give you the result you’re looking for (when it very well might).
How can you see what you would look like with a nose job?
Fortunately, it is possible to visualize your results with the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Plastic surgeons have advanced training in facial anatomy and specialize in accentuating each person’s unique features through meticulously performed procedures.
During rhinoplasty consultations, Dr. Sinno and I use VECTRA® 3-D imaging, industry-leading software that allows us to predict your results using our years of experience in facial plastic surgery. With the help of this software, we create a multidimensional rendering of your enhanced nose and work with you to determine your ideal outcome. We use this to formulate a personalized surgical plan that we follow closely to create a result that boosts your confidence. Learn more about this consultation process in our previous blog post.
To better understand the possibilities of rhinoplasty and see the real results we’ve created for our patients, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about your best rhinoplasty options from an experienced surgeon in Chicago, or if you want to schedule your own consultation, please contact us online or call (312) 788-2560.