What to Know About 3D Facial Imaging

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Making a guess on results should never be a part of the plastic surgery process. Luckily with new technology like 3D facial imaging, patients and doctors are able to actually visualize results and make necessary adjustments. 

3D facial imaging has started being used extensively in the plastic surgery field. This tool helps to show patients what their actual image will look like at any angle rather than just from a computer simulation. It also helps keep everyone on the same page when it comes to making the right decisions and having realistic expectations.

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Here’s what to know about 3D facial imaging. 

What is 3D Facial Imaging?

3D imaging is the method of turning a series of 2-dimensional photos of a patient’s face into an image for in-depth visualization and manipulation. Patients step forward and hold their head still as a machine takes multiple photos of their face at different angles and uploads it to the accompanying software. Computer software allows doctors to analyze the 3D image and use augmented anatomical reference points to alter the image realistically and use it for pre- and post-surgical consultations.

What Types of Treatments Require 3D Facial Imaging?

Currently, 3D imaging is used predominantly in the plastic surgery field in order to assist with planning and assess results. Although no surgical procedure requires it, this technology is an extremely helpful tool for patients and doctors alike. 

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3D facial imaging can be used for the following procedures (before and after):

Benefits of 3D Facial imaging

For the patient

3D imaging has many benefits for patients of plastic surgery. With this tool, patients can see their image from all angles and what different types of surgeries would look like.

3D imaging gives patients more understanding of how each procedure would impact different parts of their face. It also allows them to make informed decisions about what would work best for their unique features. After surgery, patients can look at 3D images to track their healing progress.

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For the doctor

For a doctor, 3D imaging assists with patient-doctor communication and making sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to realistic expectations. The software allows doctors to manipulate different aspects of the face depending on what surgical treatments they think are feasible. 

Additionally, using a 3D image system gives the doctor better insight and understanding of a patient’s anatomy, and helps instill a sense of confidence and clarity in all parties.

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Contact Athré Facial Plastics Today!

Athré Facial Plastics can help if you’re interested in learning more about 3D facial imaging. We utilize the latest technology to keep you feeling confident and beautiful. Contact us today to find out more about 3D imaging and to set up a consultation.

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