Precision Rhinoplasty. Part I: The Role of Life-Size Photographs and Soft-Tissue Cephalometric Analysis

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I describe a simple technique of full-scale life-size photography using marker/stickers and a ruler at the side of the face as an index for magnification. I also report a technique of soft-tissue cephalometric analysis that consists of some new proportions and some old angles and measurements. This technique will enable the plastic surgeon, even if not artistically inclined, to draw an aesthetically pleasing and very proportionate profile outline of the nose and measure the proportions of the front view on the majority of patients. The difference between the patient's nasal outline and the planned nasal definition is then measured and expressed in quarters of millimeters to give the surgeon a very precise numeric guide for surgery. This will help the plastic surgeon define the aesthetic goals very accurately and also might be helpful in detecting other facial disharmonies that might be influential in the outcome of the rhinoplasty. Using this technique of analysis, along with the prediction guidelines extrapolated from my study on soft-tissue response to surgical alteration, one can develop a fairly predictable approach to rhinoplasty.

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