Plastic surgery can be a daunting topic. Some patients are reluctant to explore possibilities for a more refined nose, tighter skin or fewer wrinkles because they are afraid they may end up looking like a different person (a mistake that celebrities often make). But, now you can preview the results of a procedure before committing to surgery.
Dr. Jay Dutton of Midwest Facial Plastic Center that serves the Chicago area helps patients visualize how they will look after a procedure using advanced 3D imaging.
“The Vectra 3D Imaging System provides my patients with peace of mind,” explains Dr. Dutton. “This technology puts the patient in control and allows for a shared understanding of treatment objectives.”
Using multiple cameras, the Vectra technology takes multiple photographs of a patient simultaneously from different points of view. Then, those images are used to create a 3D virtual model of the patient, which can be rotated and viewed from different angles. The Sculptor 3D software allows the doctor to apply various tools to change the size, shape and position of the treatment area.
“Think of it as Photoshop for doctors,” explains Dr. Dutton. “We simulate the exact changes you want to see and then we agree on an outcome. I also print out a 2D image to use during surgery to ensure an ideal outcome.”
The most common procedure Dr. Dutton performs is rhinoplasty. It remains the most popular and most commonly desired plastic surgery procedure for both men and women. “I specialize on the face and neck. I have found that using the Vectra technology as a visual aid is a way for patients to better communicate their expectations to me,” Dr. Dutton explains.
The Vectra technology can also help you picture the combined effects of complimentary procedures. You might want a refined nose, but want to explore the possibility of a chin augmentation to balance your face and put the focus on your best features. “In many cases, visualizing the outcome is making patients more comfortable undergoing the procedure,” says “Dr. Dutton.
If you are interested in exploring facial plastic surgery options, please contact Dr. Jay Dutton, Midwest Facial Plastic Center, 630-574-08222.
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