Forget Photoshop: Plastic surgeons use 3-D technology to show results

Forget Photoshop: Plastic surgeons use 3-D technology to show results
Forget Photoshop: Plastic surgeons use 3-D technology to show results

Mirror, mirror tell me the truth: after my surgery, will I look like a brute? 

Thanks to 3-D imaging software, patients may no longer need to stress about what they may look like after their surgeries. The technology, currently in use in doctors offices across the globe, can show potential plastic patients what they may look like with certain procedures, whether they're trying to decide what size breast implants they may prefer or how effective a liposuction treatment may be. While these machines do not guarantee accurate results, they have the capability to give patients a general idea of what they can expect following an operation. 

Vectra puts minds at ease
The most common device used by plastic surgeons is the Vectra 3-D Imaging system. Developed by Canfield Scientific Inc., the software works by digitally capturing parts of a person's body, then transporting them to a digital screen on which surgeons can manipulate images. Patients looking to receive breast implants, rhinoplasties, liposuction and even facelifts can view two images on the system: before shots and after ones that resemble what the patient is likely to see following the procedure. One New Jersey surgeon said in a statement that the technology has helped him to create more personalized plans for his patients.

"With the Vectra 3-D, I'm able to more accurately show how the implant, whether silicone or saline, will impact the body by adjusting the size and placement of implants," he said in the release.

This type of technology allows users to pick the perfect enhancements and decide if the surgery they've chosen will produce the results they are seeking. Patients are reminded that while this imaging system may be able to create plausible results, they are not 100 percent accurate. Additionally, people should seek guidance only from board-certified surgeons, as they can best recommend how a patient should move forward.

3-D imaging may have health benefits
While the system can help surgery recipients discover what they may look like after their work, researchers at the University of Washington have discovered a way in which doctors can see whether a person will adversely react to certain injectable procedures. The software, developed by engineers at the university, tests how a person's blood vessels react to chemicals used in the injections. While patients seldom experience negative side effects including redness, scarring or tissue death, the new program allows for doctors to quickly test whether a patient may react. The system works by tracking the behavior of blood cells on a 3-D screen, allowing medical professional to determine if and how a patient may be affected.