What is the future of 3D printers in elective plastic surgery?
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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 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?
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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!
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