Feb 11, 2016 | By Alec

Getting cosmetic surgery requires a huge leap of faith. Even if you’re fixing a deformity, rather than your large nose, you need to really trust your surgeon and hope for good results. What if the results are worse than what you started with? And this isn’t just a nightmare scenario, as up to a third of patients are unhappy with the results. Fortunately, a new 3D printing innovation adopted by the Montefiore Medical Center, a New York-based private hospital, will greatly improve your confidence before going into surgery. They have adopted the special Mirror Me 3D printer, which creates high quality cosmetic models of your face – at least, of what it will look like when the surgeon is done.

If you’re not from New England or the US, you probably never heard of the Montefiore Medical Center. Attached to the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, it’s one of the top ranked hospitals in the US and are known for innovative, next-gen solutions for medical problems. Mirror Me 3D might be a bit more familiar to 3D printing hobbyists, as this is a relatively young 3D printing service founded by New York plastic surgeon Carrie Stern. As we reported last summer, Mirror Me 3D specializes in building 3D printed models of every part of the body for cosmetic surgery patients, giving them a better understanding of what’s coming.

That high quality 3D printer has now been taken into operation at the Montefiore Medical Center, and Dr. Oren Tepper told reporters from CBS2 that it was already making all the difference. “Particularly with the face, where there is so much anxiety and stress around changes,” Dr. Oren Tepper explained, adding that there are a lot of unrealistic expectations.

So how does it work? Using quality photographs, 3D models are generated in CAD software and adjusted to show the expected results. This is subsequently 3D printed in the plastic-like gypsum material. “It helps both the patient and the doctor,” Dr. Tepper explained. This will enable patients to make more conscious decisions during the pre-op consultation. However, there’s a second function too: the CAD model can be projected onto the patient’s body during surgery (using different colors) to optimize surgical precision. “So you can see a topographical map of what we want to achieve,” he said.

So far, patients have responded enthusiastically to the idea. “If I didn’t have this 3D print, I would not have underwent surgery,” patient Emily Gorge told reporters. “I could hold the print up to my face and have such a more realistic idea of what I would look like.” The 9-year-old Jonathan Bridgnanan, who lost an eye to cancer, also benefited from this 3D printing approach. ““I looked in the mirror and I saw how I get my eye back,” Jonathan told reporters. The technique was successfully used to restore damage to the boy’s face.

The only downside is that this option will cost patients extra. According to Stern, the 3D printed models take an average of two weeks to process, fabricate and send back and can cost anywhere from $60-$300 depending on the size and complexity. However, it does add the most realistic dimension to surgeries yet, and you always end up with a cool mantelpiece too.



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