Facial plast Surg 2011; 27(2): 146-159
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1271295
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A Guide to the Assessment and Analysis of the Rhinoplasty Patient

Pietro Palma1 , Iman Khodaei2 , Abel-Jan Tasman3
  • 1Centro Medico Ambrosiano, Milano, Italy
  • 2Newferry, Wirral, United Kingdom
  • 3HNO-Klinik, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
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Publication Date:
14 March 2011 (online)


The science and art of facial analysis have made giant strides in the past 50 years. In addition to excellent technical knowledge about the anatomy of the region and the numerous surgical options available, the rhinoplasty surgeon must demonstrate meticulous care in the planning and execution of this difficult and demanding operation to minimize the real risks posed to the patient and to maximize the likelihood of a successful procedure and of obtaining the ultimate goal: the happy patient. Although imaging and computer analysis have provided a new technological dimension to this process, the surgeon's clinical acumen, technical prowess, and communication skills remain paramount in their importance.