Rhinoplasty, iPhones, and Perspective on Rhinoplasty Photos

iPhones and other mobile devices have replaced many of the mainstream cameras. An extra device does not need to be hauled around, and with each new model coming out about every six months, the cameras and resolution keep getting better.

You don’t like what your nose looks like after a selfie with your best friend, or after taking several pictures the night before? While cameras on mobile devices may be great for general photography such as landscapes, or group photography, they are not the best option for judging what your nose looks like before or after rhinoplasty.

Our brains perceive faces as they are at a minimum of 15ft. Anything closer will distort facial proportions, and especially the nose. Mobile devices usually capture faces at 1-2 ft away. This short distance does not give an accurate visual perspective of faces, especially noses. Anything closer than 15ft will create the appearance of a bigger nose and smaller ears.

To capture accurate facial proportions, a 200mm-300mm lens must be used. Mobile cameras range around 28mm-35mm. While resolution may be excellent, they will result in false proportions when used for portrait photography.

To accurately evaluate the proportions of your nose, and to accurately assess before and after rhinoplasty changes, the standard lens and distance mentioned previously must be used for both the before and after photos.

People travel from across the US and the world for an improved look by Dr. Siegel, but many are right here in the Houston area. We often see patients from Cypress, Spring, Bellaire, Sugar Land, Fulshear, Humble, Katy, and other nearby communities. We also see many patients from other areas in Texas, including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Midland, Odessa, to name a few. Wherever you are, we look forward to helping you achieve your best look.

July 1, 2021 Update:

Our office is open and we are following the recommended guidelines for maximum safety.

  • To make this transition as safe as possible, and to comply with physical distancing, we will be limiting the number of people in the waiting room to only one person.
  • To prevent having multiple people in the waiting room, we will space out appointments.
  • To minimize personal contact please be punctual for your appointment.
  • Please be on time for your appointment. If you are early, please wait in your car. If you are running late please call the office at 832-900-4818, so we can make proper arrangements.
  • For new patients, please fill out all your new intake forms at home. We will send you a link for registration when you make an appointment.
  • Patients must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when in the waiting room or walking back to the exam room.
  • If you are wearing gloves, please remove them when you arrive, we will provide you with hand sanitizer.

Please contact our office with any questions you have!

-Dr. Siegel & Staff

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