Friday, March 30, 2012

Plastic Surgery Simulators Increase Number of Procedures

Plastic surgery might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about 3D simulators, but lately there have been a number of 3D surgery simulators to come along and make news. When people choose to have augmentation surgery, they're spending a considerable amount of money and taking a lot of risk and faith that the end result will be positive. Interactive 3D simulators help patients make informed decisions by seeing what they'll look like before the operation takes place, and are more likely to end up liking what they see after the surgery is complete..

3D Plastic Surgery Simulator
3D Plastic Surgery Simulator

Vectra 3D Imaging System

Vectra 3D is one these products that is allowing doctors and patients to preview a procedure's results, before the operation takes place. Patients are able to feel more comfortable undergoing a procedure if they've already experienced the results virtually, leading to an increase in augmentation consultation to surgical appointment conversion rates. The software allows for the visualization of the end-result of a number of different operations, including:
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Body Contouring
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Face Lift 
  • Cleft Lip Surgery 
The Vectra 3D system uses 6 high resolution digital cameras and an interactive sculptor application that allows physicians to model a patient's body, and then simulate the estimated results of the operation in question.

3D Breast Augmentation Surgical Simulation Video

Crisalix's e-Stetix 3D Plastic Surgery iPad App

Earlier this month, Crisalix launched the first touch-screen plastic surgery simulator iPad app. Utilizing the cloud-based simulation system, e-Stetix 3D, the program allows surgeons to simulate procedures including:
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Implant Replacement
  • Fat Injection
During consultations, surgeons and patients can experience simulated surgeries together, discussing options in virtual real-time, allowing patients to more clearly visualize the results and feel comfortable with the operation. Recommended by the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS), the application is available for download from iTunes:

Intuitive Surgical, da Vinci Surgical System

Another helpful use of 3D simulation in the medical field is Intuitive Surgical's, da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic surgical system designed to perform complex procedures though a minimally invasive approach. Surgeon's control the robotic arms from a console that includes a 3D HD Vision System that provides a surgeon with real-time high definition 3D video, for a more accurate level of depth perception during a robotic surgery.

3D Plastic Surgery Simulator

Dimensional Media 3D Surgical Simulator

Dimensional Media Assocs 3D Surgical Simulator leverages interactive holograms, allowing surgeons to touch and feel the patient, even though they are nothing more than light projected into space. Surgical trainees can jump right in to heart surgery, preforming procedures on the holographic patient in safe and risk-free environment.

3D Holographic Surgery Simulator


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