New 3D Imaging Technology Previews Plastic Surgery Results
See what you’ll look like after the surgery before you have it.
When you sit down with your doctor for your consultation, he or she can tell you what you can realistically expect from a procedure, or even show you before-and-after photos of people who have undergone the same procedure. What they can’t do is show you images of what you will look like after the procedure, with photo-real accuracy, right?
WABC-TV in New York reports that new 3D imaging technology called the Vectra 3D camera is being used by plastic surgeons around the country to scan their patient’s features onto a computer screen and show them in three dimensions what they very likely would look like after undergoing their desired procedure.
The Vectra works by scanning the patient with a special camera that renders a likeness of them in a computer program. The image can be manipulated to be seen from multiple angles. Then, the doctor can adjust the image based on various factors and comes up with a photo-realistic after image showing what effect the surgery will have.
This is great news for doctors and patients alike. Patients who are concerned with how they will look after surgery will get to see the results before they commit, and doctors have a new tool to better inform their patients.
“People come in and they’re really afraid. They say I don’t want to look like ‘blank.’ And they’re really afraid of having too much,” says Dr. Paul Loverme, a plastic surgeon and Vectra user.
Currently, about 150 practices use the Vectra across the country.