Objective facial photograph analysis using imaging software

Annette M. Pham, Travis Tate Tollefson

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Facial analysis is an integral part of the surgical planning process. Clinical photography has long been an invaluable tool in the surgeon's practice not only for accurate facial analysis but also for enhancing communication between the patient and surgeon, for evaluating postoperative results, for medicolegal documentation, and for educational and teaching opportunities. From 35-mm slide film to the digital technology of today, clinical photography has benefited greatly from technological advances. With the development of computer imaging software, objective facial analysis becomes easier to perform and less time consuming. Thus, while the original purpose of facial analysis remains the same, the process becomes much more efficient and allows for some objectivity. Although clinical judgment and artistry of technique is never compromised, the ability to perform objective facial photograph analysis using imaging software may become the standard in facial plastic surgery practices in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-349
Number of pages9
JournalFacial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2010


  • Digital images
  • Facial analysis
  • Imaging software
  • Photography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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