If you could see exactly what you would look like in real life with smoothed out wrinkles, a fuller face or bigger lips, would it make you more likely to consider injectable fillers?
Perhaps the most exciting, albeit somewhat nerve-racking, moment of the first consultation with a plastic surgeon is when you get to see the computer-simulated results of what your future self could look like with a procedure. And while doctors have used 3D imaging to show patients what they can expect from surgeries on the body, like breast implants or liposuction, there is a new approach to using 3D imaging that can help patients envision the outcome of their facial injections now as well.
With dermal fillers holding strong as the second most requested cosmetic procedure in 2011, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), there is no doubt a need for this technology. The Vectra 3D system not only allows you to see what you would look like with injected dermal fillers, it allows the doctor performing the procedure to be able to discuss and adjust the expectations and goals you have for your unique face. “Using a series of six specialized camera lenses, strobes and the most sophisticated software, we can now capture images of facial features and measure specifically how much volume is needed to create the desired result,” says Verona, NJ, plastic surgeon Paul LoVerme, MD, who just introduced the imaging software into his practice.
While only some plastic surgeons use the system, there is growing anticipation in the field for wider use. However, it is important to note that what you see might not be exactly what you get. “The simulation of the post-operative result cannot be guaranteed. It is only a tool for you and your surgeon to better communicate what can possibly be achieved and if your expectations can be met. Keep in mind that just because your doctor could be good on the computer does not mean they are as competent with the scalpel and vise versa,” says Beverly Hills, CA, plastic surgeon Leslie H. Stevens, MD.
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