Injectable wrinkle reducers such as Botox and Dysport have introduced a new era of non-invasive facial rejuvenation possibilities. People opt for these safe procedures to reduce wrinkles and restore youthfulness to the treated area. Injectable fillers reduce or improve the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing the muscles responsible for their development. According to a new study published in the May 2015 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, an innovative 3D imaging technology can help measure the effectiveness of wrinkle reducing injections, not only when given for cosmetic purposes but also when used to reduce facial paralysis for Bell’s Palsy and stroke patients.
Three-dimensional speckle tracking photogrammetry that is often used in the automotive and aerospace industries for accurate measurement may be used to measure the efficacy of injectable wrinkle reducers, according to the study team. The photogrammetry technique makes use of photography to measure distances between objects. Researchers say that this concept can be used to measure dynamic facial wrinkles and their reduction after administering the injection. Fourteen patients were evaluated using a dual camera system and 3-dimensional optical analysis. Black speckle makeup and white foundation were randomly applied to each patient before injecting 20 units of filler in the area between the eyebrows, and two weeks after the injection. Digital camera was used to track the motion of the speckles. Analysis was made of the wrinkles in the treated areas, and before-and-after-treatment heat maps were obtained. Light blue color represented the wrinkles in the pre treatment heat map and it was found that the light blue was mostly replaced with yellow and green. These new colors signified reduced skin compression or wrinkling. This system also enables accurate measurement of wrinkle reduction.
- When injected in the forehead, horizontal compression or wrinkling decreased from 9.11 percent to 2.60 percent and from 4.83 percent to 0.83 percent
- Average vertical stretch during brow furrowing decreased from 2.51 percent to 1.15 percent
- Average vertical stretch in the forehead decreased from 6.73 percent to 1.67 percent
The study author says, “As new therapies and expanded applications become available for anti-aging and the treatment of neuromuscular disorders, this method may make it possible to quantify clinical efficacy and establish precise therapeutic regimens,…..Though future studies will need to explore the use of digital image correlation in larger groups, our results are the first to show the modality can be applied to study a range of challenges in plastic surgery.”
Facial rejuvenation procedures have surged in popularity in recent times, spurred by factors such as social media. Facelifts help slow down the signs of aging by addressing wrinkles and lines, and also helps resolve loose, sagging skin. The use of novel techniques and technologies has greatly improved results, recovery time and patient safety. One of the most interesting developments is the use of 3D technology in these minimally invasive cosmetic procedures.
3D imaging technology allows patients to visualize the outcome of the procedure before it is performed. Popular systems include the Axis and Vectra 3D imaging systems. Patients can view the 3D image from various angles, and the surgeon can manipulate the image to show potential results from different treatment scenarios. This builds patient confidence. The use of such imaging technology also helps surgeons to better understand patient expectations and make necessary alterations in the treatment plan to provide the desired results.
However, as with any plastic surgery procedure, facelift procedures come with risk of complications even when injectable dermal fillers are used to address wrinkles, creases and fine lines. In such liquid facelifts, there is no way of knowing how the injected fluid or filler acts in facial tissue. In some patients, the skin turns blotchy. Innovative 3D imaging technology now provides the answer and can help physicians avoid such issues, according to a recent study.
Scientists used 3D imaging to analyze what actually happens within the smallest blood vessels at the time of a cosmetic injection. The team found that complications arose when the filler was accidentally injected into the bloodstream rather than into the planned soft tissues of the face. Such knowledge would prove a great boon for plastic surgeons as it can help prevent accidents during procedures and also enable them to reverse the ill effects if an injection does not go as planned.
Cosmetic fillers have increased in popularity worldwide in recent years for their efficacy in facial rejuvenation. For instance, Juverderm® is ideal to lift the cheeks and prevent further sagging as well as for lip and jawline enhancement. If 3D imaging can improve the way these treatments are administered, the cosmetic facelift will certainly benefit.
Do you want to see the ‘new you’ before undergoing your breast augmentation procedure and be confident about the outcome? This is exactly what advanced 3D imaging technology offered at bodySCULPT® allows you to do. The latest innovation in the technology is a web-based 3D simulator. bodySCULPT® is the first plastic surgery center in New York City to offer this latest exciting 3D simulation technology that allows you to view three dimensional “before and after” images of your chosen breast procedure without leaving the comfort of your home.
Many Benefits for Surgeons and Patients
The 3D online platform we offer is a great option for candidates to review changes and make suggestions. Surgeons use it to understand what exactly patients want and make the necessary changes in the surgical plan for your breast enhancement procedure. This new technology allows patients to express their breast augmentation goals in terms of volume, cup size and types of implant. It is designed to help patients get actively involved in planning their breast procedure, and the plastic surgeon to provide them with the results they want to see. “This will give patients the technology to experiment with different shapes and sizes to design the type of breasts they want and get the results in real time on their own computer,” says Dr. Spero Theodorou, M.D, leading plastic surgeon at bodySCULPT®.
- Once the surgeons at bodySCULPT® receive your “before” 3D breast photos, and understand your wishes, they select what they consider the most suitable breast implant option.
- The 3D images of your new breasts are simulated, which can be accessed via the web at your own home.
- The images can be viewed from any chosen angle. The platform allows you to visualize how breast implants of varying sizes and shapes would look on your body, helping to choose the right option.
The best thing about this technology is that all this can be achieved without you leaving your home. Once you are happy with the ‘after’ photos, you can make the actual visit to the surgeon in person to discuss the procedure and schedule the breast enhancement surgery. The technology also helps in post-consultation follow-up, interaction, and tele-consultations.
Benefits of the Pioneering 3D Imaging System
All 3D imaging systems offer many benefits, but what a web-based technology offers is something unique, equally beneficial for surgeon and the patient.
- No hardware or training needed
- Can connect from anywhere at any time
- Provides simulations in just 1 click
- Is fast as it helps make changes in real time
- Can be personalized based on specific needs
- Allows surgeons to provide improved level of care
- Helps patients maintain realistic expectations
- Allows to review different options and take a better informed decision
- Increases the chances of success for the procedure
According to a global survey on patients who used this web based 3D imaging system, 99% said it helped in consultation, 84% said it helped in choosing implants, and 98% said it improved satisfaction. For 52%, 3D was the decisive factor to undergo the surgery.
Wouldn’t you want to really see the changes you can expect after your plastic surgery procedure? Well, advanced 3D technology has made this possible as seen in this Wall Street Journal video report. You don’t have to depend only on before and after pictures of other patients to imagine the outcome. The 3D imaging system allows you see what exactly your face or body will look like before you have your procedure. What’s more, 3-D technology also helps the surgeon make more precise incisions.
This is how 3D works: an image of the area to be treated is taken with a CT (computed tomography) device. The 3D printer analyzes the image data and creates a precise model for the patient to see. In addition to enhancing patient confidence, this innovative technology is sure to improve their participation in the process. The 3D images complement 2D images and show both the positives and negatives of the procedures, helping patients make the right choice. At the same time, it also allows plastic surgeons to plan more precise interventions and to reassure the patient about the outcome.
One of the popular 3D technologies used by reliable cosmetic surgeons around the globe is Axis Three technology. Dr. Spero J Theodorou, MD, the Surgical Director of bodySCULPT® plastic surgery center in Manhattan utilizes this advanced simulation system to plan and execute breast augmentation procedures. The technology is ideal for the pre-operative planning of breast implant surgery and fat transfer augmentation procedures. Axis Three’s scanner provides high quality, anatomically-accurate, 3D images of the patient’s torso so as to simulate breast surgery results. Patients can try different sized breast implants and see the likely outcomes to make the right choice.
Used in fat transfer breast enhancement, this technology helps the surgeon to estimate the amount of fat required for enhancement. Up to six simulations can be shown at one time and compared side by side at any angle. Other such imaging technologies currently in use include the TouchView™ system and the VECTRA 3D imaging system.
The use of 3D in plastic surgery reduces the risk of reoperation and makes the whole experience a more pleasant one for the patient. It helps the surgeon understand the patient’s expectations and provide customized procedure to help them achieve their goals. It also helps in the planning on future interventions.
Relieving patient anxiety and allowing greater surgical accuracy, new 3D technology is making plastic surgery more popular than ever.