Q: Dr. Eppley, I have some questions about rhinoplasty and how it it planned and performed. How do cosmetic surgeons measure the profile of the face? From where to where? Is there a ratio that is considered perfect? Was it derived from the great medieval sculptors?
A: Contrary to popular perception, plastic surgeons do not use specific anthropometric measurements in planning and subsequently performing rhinoplasty surgery. While there are many known angle and measurements of the nose, and plastic surgeons are well aware of them, they are only roughly applied in performing the procedure. Surgeons use a gestalt about these anthropometric values and measurements rather than a precise application of them. Plastic surgeon may learn these measurements in their training or through experience but they do not use such precise measurements in surgery. This is because actual surgery does not translate well to afew millimeters or degrees of angulation.
Dr. Barry Eppley