You have probably heard the saying, "the camera adds ten pounds," right? Well, now there is a camera that not only takes away ten pounds by providing you with a very real imaging experience, but it helps your plastic surgeon decide exactly where to remove your ten pounds (or more!). Here is how 3D imaging is changing plastic surgery and the way you see yourself.

The Mirror That Is a Camera

A 3D imaging scanner is similar to standing in front of a department store mirror in the dressing room. There are three panels; one directly ahead of you and two smaller panels on either side of you. The panel directly ahead of you takes full-length body shots of you while you look into the lighted, reflective surfaces. The smaller side panels take shots of your waist, hips, buttocks and thighs, commonly known as "problem areas." Your surgeon will ask that you slowly rotate and pause so that the imaging scanner can take shots of your whole torso. It then processed the images into a full, scrolling video and a pivoting screen image that clearly shows your body, face and/or neck three-dimensionally and with such clarity that you would think you are looking at a body double of yourself.

How the Imaging Scanner Is Changing Plastic Surgery

Instead of trying to compare photos that are manually taken and uploaded into the computer, your surgeon can look at the images directly on the scanner and get a very clear idea of where the fat deposits are hiding. He or she can also see issues in skin integrity, blood vessels that are close to the skin that may be problematic during surgery. Your surgeon can also make notations directly onto your images before saving them to a patient file. If you should lose any more weight prior to having a cosmetic procedure, the process is repeatable, and the differences are quickly and easily assessed by the scanner's software (which measures differences in size, dimpling of skin, etc.).

How 3D Imaging Is Changing the Way You See Yourself

Unlike other types of cameras, 3D imaging is taking real-time photos that do not bend the light the way other cameras do. That means that each highlighted and scanned area of your body will not look heavier than the image you see in the mirror every morning. While that may be comforting enough, what is even more comforting is seeing what the 3D imaging scanner's software can do to enhance your images. Now you get to see exactly what you would look like after surgery before you ever schedule your procedure.

For more information, contact Plastic Surgery Innovation PC or a similar location.