The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys. I have a fabulous new “toy” for my office. It’s called Vectra 3-D imaging. This system uses 6 cameras that take simultaneous photos of your face to construct a 3-dimensional virtual model. This model then can be morphed, like the now old fashioned computer imaging, but with fewer yet more sophisticated steps. What makes this even cooler are the 3-D glasses that give a stereoscopic 3-D view of these images. Here are the main advantages of 3-D imaging;
- Faces can be rotated and viewed from any angle imaginable
- Morphing is performed on a 3-D image so it doesn’t need to be repeated for each view as is necessary with 2-D imaging
- Actual volume changes, such as how much to remove from a nose or add to a cheek or chin are instantaneously available
- Far superior for facial surgery such as facelifts, facial implants and facial fillers than 2-D imaging, which I felt was great for noses and chins, but not much else
Another advantage of the Vectra 3-D system is the many analysis tools available. Facial contour changes can be evaluated by color changes and actually measured, similar to a geographical contour map. Since I have an academically active practice and like to analyze everything we do to assess improvement and maximize patient results, we can actually measure volume changes following facial fillers. To see a consultation with 3-D imaging please check out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjHOjl5TqGA
Our Facial Plastic Surgery fellow is currently conducting a study on facial fillers and assessing volumes placed with aesthetic improvement. We want to see how much it takes to get the “Wow” in Wow cheeksTM.
3-D Facial Imaging adds an exciting new tool to facial assessment and is a wonderful device for evaluating facial changes that may and do result from surgery and facial fillers.