Raleigh, NC, July 21, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Dr. Adam Stein, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, says that while there is no "crystal ball" when it comes to showing plastic surgery outcomes, surgery simulation puts web-based tools intended to approximate enhancements at your fingertips. Only a surgeon can give you an idea of true outcomes; surgery simulation acts not only as an exercise in fun but also as a communication tool between patient and doctor, a chance for the patient to try her hand at giving an idea of her cosmetic desires. Surgery simulation also offers patients a way to share results with friends and discuss plastic surgery, cosmetic procedures and Dr. Stein's surgery simulation-enabled website.
3D morphing software does help the surgeon perform a ‘digital nip tuck’ so the patient can see their new size and silhouette, but again, there is no guarantee that the surgeon will be able to achieve the same results. The healing process is different for everyone.
Digital images can only provide an estimate on what the outcome will be. “Surgery simulation is a very powerful and effective tool that gives patients on our website the ability to upload their own photos and get an idea of what they could look like after having facial plastic surgery,” said Dr. Stein.
It's important to understand that although computer imaging does provide an approximate image of what you will look like after surgery, it will not represent what the exact final outcome of the surgery.
Why is computer imaging helpful when considering, for example, rhinoplasty? It's extremely beneficial to visualize how changing the shape and/or size of the nose will affect the overall appearance of the face. What a patient may think would be the "perfect" nose might not look so wonderful when he or she can see how it will relate to other areas of the face. For example, the nose of a celebrity who stands 5'2" with a small face may not look good on a 5'10" woman with strong facial features. Also, computer imaging helps the surgeon and patient develop a surgical plan together. Sometimes, what the patient wants simply isn't medically possible. Or, the chance of damage, such as nasal collapse and difficulty breathing, may be too great with the type of nose a patient initially desires.
"Morphing" software has been used by cosmetic surgeons since the 1990s, and it is becoming increasingly popular. The ultimate goal of the software is that the communication between surgeon and patient is more effective to allow for clear understanding of the patients desired outcomes. Using sound surgical judgement of possible rhinoplasty outcomes, the surgeon can best advise the patient as to what is possible.