3D Avsar Mask MicroRhinoplasty

3D Mask Microrhinoplasty
3D printing has open up new opportunities in aesthetic surgery. Some years back Yakup Avsar M.D. presented 3D printed masks to feign the results of rhinoplasty, before the scheduled time of the operation. The 3D printer generated 2 prints, one before the operation and the other after the operation, and this provides patients with a better knowledge of what the surgery can offer them, however, it enables surgeons to explain to them the possibilities and limitations of the surgery. Moreover, this procedure can be performed to some part of the human body such as the nose, face, breast, buttock and the calf.

Rhinoplasty is a facial plastic surgery procedure that reshapes the nose. Patients are keen on what their face would look like ͚after surgery ’, and till date there have been many techniques or methods to perform this. 2D and 3D simulation techniques, provides a lot, Dr. Avsar, invented 3D mask that shows the ͚before and after’ , presentation. Dr. Avsar approach is to give his patients, a clear picture of how their nose surgery will alter their look. For many years, he has been hand-making, three-dimensional physical models to achieve this, however, with the advent of 3D printing, he has been able to give a clearer picture of how his patients would look like, post-operatively. Once he watched a demonstration of 3D scanning and printing technology, his wheels started turning. He inferred that it would be possible to scan the face of a patient, by applying the sculpt 3D image in CAD tools, and in the end, it produces a mask. At the time of his patients appointment, their face is scanned using a special software. Areas where
surgery would be done a digital 3D sculpture is produced. The final image represents what the patient could likely look like after modifications are made in the operating room. The ͚before and after’ images are then sent to the 3D printer. The face masks are then printed out in color.

In addition, to the simulation capability, these masks provide us with another opportunity, which is crucial: these masks are exact indicators of the body surface without deforming the anatomical texture. They are scaffolds or shells that express the volume of the body part when filled with a fluid in the same gravity as that of the part. This is important for augmentation or reduction procedures. Especially in the case of breast augmentation it helps to define and check the volume of the implant and the breast. The patient͛s breast area is scanned before surgery and the ͚after͛ mask of the breast is prepared with the help of CAD tools. Moreover, the patient can wear the mask like a bra and discuss the desired volume with the surgeon just before the surgery. Then the masks are sterilized to be used as volumetric check tools in the operation theatre. This helps the surgeon to get better results for the desired breast volume.

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