Computerized imaging has been introduced in Plastic Surgery to help the communication between the doctor and the patient. It is supposed to help the patient to understand the doctor’s suggestions which have to be expressed by him on the patient’s picture.
It is mostly used for nose imaging. The simplest way to show the patient the possible target of a procedure was always the imitation of the result by the doctor’s hands. Almost all the body can be modified by hands, but the nose cannot be formed, cannot be shortened and shown; therefore, doctors need an instrument to make it possible.
It is very important to make clear that the computer gives no suggestions and no solutions, however it is the doctor who paints the patients picture. The impression of common people that the computer creates the perfect or the ideal picture by using the cleverest scientific data is wrong. The computer creates nothing.
If doctor and patient come to some agreement regarding the computerized image, the patient reasonably has the right to ask for one printed copy and the doctor should have no reason to decline. Could their relationship suffer following surgery? The patient may come back with the picture in one hand and the mirror in the other, embarrassed and complaining that the result is not what was agreed between them as he doesn’t realize the differences between the mirror image and the photograph.
In the best way the doctor has to make another one picture for the purpose to help the patient and convince him that the result of the operation is what was expected and agreed. Instead of solving the problem, he will fail completely, because a picture cannot be taken from the same distance as before, with the same zoom, having the same position and the same expression of the patient.