Well, the reality is that there are standards for rhinoplasty, and the purpose of rhinoplasty is to give someone a better nose that works in harmony with the human face. Since that harmony has been studied throughout history and usually is very alike from one face to the next, it's actually very common that at least one celebrity out there will have the skin type, facial proportion, and nose that would also look great (and would be a realistic result) for the patient at hand. I don't think that every patient would be stupid enough to bring in a photo of only Britney Spears - most patients do search for celebrity examples that match their facial measurements, ethnicity, skin type and character, and they go from there. This is how rhinoplasty ideals were conveyed before morph photo technology existed.
Same thing with a family member's or a younger-you photo, often times family members have the exact same skin and facial properties, but if they have a better nose under YOUR own type of skin and frame, then their nose could be very well a realistic example of what is possible for you. Morphs and photos are both realistic tools that guide an outcome, and are excellent legal and moral tools that demonstrate where surgery went wrong in comparison that can at times hold up in court.
You simply cannot go into a surgery with a blind eye. Though as well, like said above, you also have to be careful that the surgeon doesn't pitch ideals that are unobtainable just to get you to have surgery with him - my last surgeon did this as well in some aspects.
Last edited by TRC; 04-30-2011 at 09:25 AM.