Without technological advancements, the healthcare industry wouldn’t be where it is today. Incisions have become smaller, robotic technologies have allowed for better precision and medication has improved considerably; these all came about thanks to advancements. Cosmetic surgery has been no exception, with the likes of tissue engineering, microsurgeries and even laser procedures each playing their part in offering more natural looking results with shorter downtime for the patient.
One particular technology that is well on its way to being utilised across the entire industry is computer-assisted imaging – but what exactly is it, and how is it changing cosmetic surgery?
What Is Computer-Assisted Imaging?
In simple terms, computer-assisted imaging allows surgeons to see a digital version of what is likely to be the result at the end of the procedure. A surgeon can get a more detailed idea of what is underneath the skin, particularly when it comes to facial procedures and by mimicking the procedure onto the 3D image, they can determine the best course of action to reach the results that the patient wants.
While computer-assisted imaging is more commonly used within facial procedures, including rhinoplasty and facelifts, it can be used within various other surgeries too. This can include breast augmentation, liposuction, fillers, and cosmetic dentistry procedures in some cases. It may also prove beneficial for determining the desired density of a hair transplant procedure.
By utilising this technology, it can eradicate any miscommunication or uncertainty relating to what the surgeon is aiming for with the final result. Patients and practitioners alike can work to find a result they are both happy with, knowing they have the same expectations for the final outcome following the procedure. It can give peace of mind, efficiency and better overall patient satisfaction.
Has It Truly Revolutionised The Industry?
While it’s certainly provided a way to ensure that cosmetic patients are happy, computer-assisted imaging has done so much more than just provide the ideal result. In fact, it’s taken all procedures, regardless of why they’re needed or wanted, and ensured a level of certainty that’s important amongst patients.
This is particularly true for young patients, including children and babies who may be undergoing a procedure due to deformities. With a 3D image, they can determine the best way to go about a procedure in order to produce results that will grow well as the patient does. They can age the image, determine how the bone structure in a facial reconstruction may develop over the years and adjust the procedure accordingly.
While computer-assisted imaging may not be standard practice across every procedure in every clinic across the globe, it is quickly becoming a technological advancement that is changing the face of cosmetic surgery. There may be less chance of unwanted results and fewer cases of ‘botched’ procedures where the judgement was wrong. Computers not only offer better accuracy and improved efficiency within the initial plans, but they can help to produce results that will mature more effectively and offer a natural result not just after the procedure, but for years to come.
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