3d printing is different than 3d bioprinting
3d bioprinting is the ability to print living tissues. There is active ongoing research to bring this into cosmetic surgery.3d printing is now reality. It can be used to print Te custom anatomical models. These can be used throughout the treatment course of a patient. Before surgery, baseline 3D printed photographs and associated printed models can be used to discuss the surgical treatment goals. Surgical simulations can then be done, before entering the operating room. Models based on this can nicely illustrate the surgical plan. Finally, both sets of models (baseline and simulations) can be utilized in the operating room. In short, 3d printed technology can be of significant use in in surgical planning and patient education.
3-D printable implants are here
In contrast to some of the other responses posted, 3-D printable facial implants that are customized to the individual patient's skeleton are now in existence.
in a nutshell, imaging of the patients face is performed, and then software is utilized to create custom implants that are molded to the bone contour. The implants can be shaped according to individual needs, and then simply printed. These implants can then be sterilized and used in surgery. The possibilities are endless!
Dr. Brett Kotlus is a respected colleague and friend of mine who practices in NYC. This is a special interest of his and he is also a RealSelf doctor. Message him directly for more specific information.
I hope this is helpful to you, and I wish you the very best.
Can you reprint my nose please?
Very thoughtful and insightful question. I am involved in research in the 3-D imaging area, and I can say that at this point we are not there yet. Hopefully it won't be another 80 years!
3-D printing of body parts
An insightful question. Yes plastic surgery research is currently investigating 3D printing of cartilaginous frameworks for the trachea, ear and nose. It won't be long before we are replacing undesirable cartilaginous shapes of the nasal tip with a catalogue choice of tips! However, the limiting step will still be the overlying fabric or skin. Thicker skin will require more exaggerated frameworks as we have done in ear reconstruction. Hang in there. It is an exciting and challenging time for plastic surgery!
Great question. No, you can print something smaller. You can print a custom designed implant for someone to use in the nose though.
Best of luck!
3-D printers and cosmetic surgery?
3-D printers are not there yet. It will not give a solution for thick-skinned individuals however. It can be used in the future for building cartilage framework but this is at least a decade away.
Thank you for the question and like many advances in medicine the clock moves slowly and it is unlikely that there will be a procedure in your lifetime to correct a bulbous tip.
This is a very interesting and salient question with regards to the future of 3D printing. The short answer is, we hope so, but our technology isn't there yet. Currently, 3D printers are being used to create lifelike simulations of before and afters for rhinoplasty patients. One physician currently using this is Oren Tepper, MD in Brooklyn, NY. Actual skin scaffolding has not been tested, and in theory, even if it is eventually available, its first use would be for reconstruction - and certainly not cosmetic surgery. I do, however, see 3D printing in the future as a potentially viable option.