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Cosmetic procedures in which computer imaging is used



Eye lift

Nose reshaping

Chin reshaping

Ear pinning





Computers and Plastic Surgery

What would you look like if you could just lose that extra bulge...erase those lines around your lips? What if your eyes looked like they used to...your neckline was firm again? What if you had the body or nose that you always thought you should have been born with?

Computer imaging is sophisticated and yet simple enough to answer the above questions before any surgical procedure is ever performed. The process involves having your picture taken with a high quality digital camera connected to a computer. Through the use of multiple fast computer processors, that image can be manipulated before your very eyes. The imaging should be done by your plastic surgeon or his or her assistant who is well-versed in what can and cannot be achieved.

Jennifer, an eighteen year old, was recently seen in my office. Jennifer was interested in changing the shape of her nose. She said that she didn't like the bump and thought that her nose was too wide. She didn't want to look like she had had a "nose job". After examining Jennifer and talking with her and her mother, I offered to computer image Jennifer and show them the changes that could be made.

The pictures were taken and with their input, the image was transformed. First the bump was shaved. That met with their approval. Then the tip and middle part of the nose was narrowed. That met with their approval as well. Next the tip was lifted slightly. Both said, "Not too much." The profile was still not to their liking. Finally the little bulge of fat under the chin was removed and both mother and daughter began to smile. I knew that this would be a happy patient after surgery.

Computer imaging has improved communication between the plastic surgeon and the patient. For a patient and a plastic surgeon to both be happy after a surgical procedure, the patient must understand what changes the doctor is capable of achieving and the patient must communicate to the doctor what changes they find appealing.

The imaging session allows prospective patients to proceed comfortably with fewer questions and misconceptions. Communication is what computer imaging is all about. Imaged patients are better informed because they know what is surgically feasible. Through the use of real-time image manipulation you can participate and experience the change by magically being transformed to a simulated post-operative outcome. Doctors benefit by gaining a greater sense of a patient's expectations.


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