Friday, February 5, 2010

3D Imaging Coming-of-Age

A lot of patients wonder about what the results of their plastic surgery procedure will look like. Although in depth explanation of the technical aspects of the surgery can provide significant insight into what the outcome will be, some patients want something more visual. Many medical professionals in the cosmetic industry now use Vectra 3D imaging to assist patients in envisioning their procedure. Using advanced hardware and imaging equipment, Vectra is able to create a full 3D rendering of patients that simulates the results of rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation, breast augmentation, or facial implants.

Vectra Before/After

A key feature of this device is the ability to visualize changes in one’s physical features in real time. This means doctors can adjust the image to reflect the cosmetic goals of their patients for the most desirable surgical outcome. The Vectra 3D Scanner represents a fundamentally new approach to helping patients decide how they want to look.

In our cosmetic surgery practice, we use the Vectra to help "size" patients with different volume implants although we will also fill a brassiere with implants to give patients an impression of how they look in clothes. We find the combined sizing method helps us better understand patients wishes.

On the technical side, this 3D consultation can acquire a full set of data in as little as 1.5 milliseconds, with one-shot, multi-capture, continuous and rotatable views. This gives patients unprecedented flexibility and confidence in participating in the details of different procedures. Keep in mind, surgery is both art and science, so actual outcomes may not precisely match that of the 3D projection.

Three-dimensional imaging is a coming-of-age technology that will soon be a norm in the cosmetic surgery industry. While at the International Master Course on Aging Skin Annual Meeting in Paris, many doctors presented using Vectra 3D imaging. I foresee this technology becoming a standard for both presentations at medical conferences as well as in cosmetic practices.

1 comment:

  1. I think that's interesting that you have something to help them see what they will look like with clothes. I think this would be extremely helpful as it would give your patients a good idea of what they're signing up for. I'll have to remember this if I ever consider having some surgery done.