A Picture Says A Thousand Words—Even In The Doctor’s Office

Have you ever tried to explain a person’s appearance to someone who’s trying to sketch a person’s face? If you haven’t, it gets very aggravating, very quick. It’s also a very good illustration of why words can only go so far.

“He has a long nose!”

“No, not like that. It wasn’t pointy. Kinda round…”

You get the picture. It’s pretty hard to fully explain things. A simple photograph is all that would really be needed to hash out the bulk of a person’s features—and that’s why a picture really is worth a thousand words. Ever since photographs started to be a viable way to take pictures, people have been using them to get across points that would otherwise take hours to explain.

When you’re a plastic surgeon, you really, truly need to be able to understand what a person means when they’re describing a facial aesthetic to you. In the past, this would be most commonly aided with a photograph of a beloved celebrity or a model who may have a similar feature.

These days, there’s a new helper that’s making cosmetic surgery easier on both doctors and patients. That new helper is your smartphone, and it’s making more appearances than ever before in doctors’ offices.


It seems like the new definition of #SelfieGoals is having a face that’s literally made for selfies. And, nothing quite makes a face photogenic like a finely-tuned nose. Dr. Philip J. Miller is one of many cosmetic surgeons who has noticed a serious uptick in the number of clients using selfies as a way to describe how they want to have their results turn out.

“It’s really pretty surreal,” says Dr. Miller. “I’ve seen everything from clients using Face Tune to alter their selfies into before and after examples, to people who literally showed me their ‘I need to change my nose!’ photo. Believe it or not, it’s more common than you would think.”

According to Dr. Miller, the use of selfies sometimes helps get a better dialogue with their patients. However, Dr. Miller is also a photographer and sometimes even selfies can be deceiving.

A New Normal?

Dr. Miller isn’t the only person who has seen people entering his office with selfies in hand. Last year alone, around 42 percent of all cosmetic surgeons had at least one client who brought in selfies as a way to explain their goals to them during their first consultation.

The trend itself is also increasing in popularity fairly rapidly. This year, the same study showed that a total of 55 percent of all aesthetic surgeons saw consultations that involved selfies. Needless to say, it’s a welcome and beneficial trend for all parties involved.

So far, both studies show that it’s more of a youthful trend. The majority of selfie users are both Millennials and Generation Z members—and all things considered, that’s honestly to be expected.

How to Selfie Right

If you are going to a doctor’s office for a rhinoplasty appointment, it’s a good idea to take a couple of unfiltered selfies showing the very feature you want to have changed. To better illustrate it, alter some of your selfies to show your desired result.

By showing your surgeon your thoughts on how you’d want your face to look, they can better plan their course of action—and give you better service. That being said, a selfie is never mandatory to get great plastic surgery. As long as you are able to get your a good rapport with the doctor in question, your plastic surgery goals will be readily attainable.

Dr. Miller shares how to get the best selfie in this recent YouTube video:


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