accurate than in the doctors' eyes," Frankel said. "If you communicate with the patient and you are able to come to a consensus on the imaging and the surgeon comes close to that, you will have a happier patient."
Fleming agreed. "A good, experienced surgeon can come extremely close to the anticipated result, and the imaging system gives us the ability to make sure the patient and the surgeon are marching to the beat of the same drummer."
Nose reshaping, or rhinoplasty, was the second most popular cosmetic surgery done in 2009, second only to breast augmentation, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The average surgeon's fee was $4,216, excluding anesthesia and operating room.
About 256,000 people underwent rhinoplasty in 2009, an 8 percent drop from the 279,000 who had a nose job in 2008. Those numbers are down from 389,000 people who had rhinoplasty in 2000.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has more on nose surgery.
SOURCES: Andrew Frankel, M.D., plastic surgeon, Lasky Clinic, Beverly Hills, Calif; Richard Fleming, M.D., plastic surgeon, Beverly Hills, Calif.; November/December 2010, Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery
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