If you’ve ever wondered what you would look like after rhinoplasty, you may have found yourself experimenting with filters and apps that allow you to try out a “virtual nose job.” With just a few taps and swipes, you can supposedly see how a smaller, straighter, more symmetrical nose would change your face. But can they accurately predict what your rhinoplasty results will look like? And if not, how can you really see what a nose job would do for you?
In this blog post, I’ll discuss where filters fall short and explain how I use state-of-the-art computer imaging to create an accurate image of a post-surgery nose.
Can Apps or Filters Really Show What I Would Look Like After a Nose Job?
Snapchat, FaceTune, photo editing apps, and filters allow you to tweak your features so you can envision potential rhinoplasty results. Some apps offer “beauty filters” that apply one-size-fits-all adjustments to the nose, while others allow for more personalized changes. People often use them to try out adjustments such as:
- Pinching in the nasal bridge to narrow it
- Turning the nose’s tip slightly upward
- Smoothing away an unwanted bump
- Straightening a crooked bridge
Unfortunately, these apps and filters aren’t very accurate. They use a flat image and a single camera angle and lighting scenario to give you a 2D rendering that is likely not true to your actual proportions. While they’re fun to experiment with, they paint a skewed picture of what is possible with surgery.
If anything, they may give you a very general idea of the result you’re looking for, which you can use as a jumping-off point if you decide to meet with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Learn more about ways to design your desired result in this related blog post.
How Can You Get a Glimpse of Your Potential Nose Job Results?
Fortunately, it is possible to predict your results much more accurately with the help of a plastic surgeon. During rhinoplasty consultations, I use computer imaging to help you visualize your possible results before you commit to surgery.
Calling on my years of experience in facial plastic surgery, I use this specialized software to make precise, individualized changes. I’m then able to show you the predicted outcome on the screen so that you have as clear a picture as possible of what to expect.
Brittaney - Case #697
Brittaney is 25 years old and was concerned with the overall appearance of her nose. Her bridge was wide and the nostrils wider than she preferred. Dr. Gross’ imaging showed her the possible results, but she is even happier with her actual 1-month results showing a thinner, more refined nose. Computer imaging played a key role in her rhinoplasty consultation and surgery. Now she loves her new look! Learn more about Brittaney's case here.
Lauren - Case #701
Lauren is 19 years old and was unhappy with the width, the dorsal hump and her overly prominent nose. Once she had her consultation and saw the computer imaging done by Dr. Gross, she was very excited. She was even more thrilled to see her actual results at her 6-month follow up after surgery. Computer imaging helped her imagine what could be with surgery. She feels more confident than ever. Learn more about Lauren's case here.
Russell - Case #714
Dr. Russell is 43 and was concerned with the look of his nose after receiving primary rhinoplasty years ago. He wanted a more refined but still masculine look for his nose and to minimize his wide, flared nostrils and drooping tip. Once he had his consultation and saw the computer imaging done by Dr. Gross, he was very excited to schedule and move forward with his procedure. His 'After' picture at 1 year shows what a natural enhancement was achieved. He says the revision has made all the difference in his confidence. Learn more about Russell's case here.
Melissa - Case #700
Melissa is 48 years old, and not only did she have breathing issues that weren’t completely repaired in a previous procedure, but she still experienced asymmetry of the tip/nostrils, as well as flared nostrils and a dorsal hump. She was nervous about another surgery until her consultation and computer imaging were done with Dr. Gross. She felt overjoyed with her 1-year results, not only with the beautiful more symmetrical look of her nose, but the improved breathing as well. Learn more about Melissa's case here.
Sierra - Case #702
Sierra is 21 years old and was looking for a more petite and refined shape to her nose. Sierra knew she had found the right surgeon after she had her consultation and imaging done by Dr. Gross. Computer imaging was the deciding factor in her consultation and surgery. Her 3-month results show the soft, refined, and natural beauty of the nose she had been hoping for. Now she’s more confident when looking at her reflection and taking pictures! Learn more about Sierra's case here.
Computer imaging is one of the most important tools I use to make sure my patients love their rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty results when the gauze comes off. Not only does it allow me to formulate a clear roadmap for the procedure, but it also helps my patients feel secure, confident, and excited about their surgery instead of worrying about whether they’ll like their results. In just about every case, people comment that their nose looks exactly as expected—and in many cases, even better.
To see more real examples of rhinoplasty transformations, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
This post was originally published in December 2020 and updated in October 2023.