Categories

Archive

Tags

3d printing prosthetics 3D printing environment medicine architecture biotechnology architecture medicine 3D scanning art 3d printing sustainability food food biomedicine modelling prototyping toys housing animals news military education bioprinting robotics stereolithography laser scanning sustainability robots model making fashion printed food accessibility 3D scanning solar cells rapid prototyping stereolithography drones biomedicine prosthetics selfies military body parts miniatures electronics CGI forensics rapid prototyping crime vacuum casting cosplay drones costume interior design office politics design cosmetics nanotechnology oceans interviews developing world innovation artificial intelligence lego 4D printing decoration archaeology medical applications tips renewable energy medical supplies multi-material printing starter guide creative music instruments october september gaming assistive technology tabletop sports contact digitising bioprinting construction CG TCFG MultiFab printer Voxel8 3d scanning developing countries conservation transport vehicles animal prosthetics fishing filament jobs 3d printing news smartphones biodiversity packaging personalisation smartphone technology apps laser scanners ornaments amazon dangers firearms guns Skyscrapers Trump cycling surgery Great Barrier Reef stem cells bioethics animated film space F1 film industry study plastic surgery gun masks robots glass cities building technology future travel cellulose. eco friendly plants flowers home printers spines Printer materials archaeology ProJet MJP 3600 surgery rockets gaming history art baldness cure hydroponics agriculture UV resin halloween ocean exploration pets printable objects bones replacement teeth mattel climate change preservation home design instruments prototyping restoration biomimicry animal testing humanitarian aid culinary fashion bridge oven motorbikes castles printed buildings engineering trainers farming sweets 3Doodler developing world materials off-grid fitness money conservation medical technology design software planning creative process printers drugs automotive cars vehicles 3D printing obama modular architecture houses short-run production printed housing Escher van gogh short run productions 3d Printing musical instruments 3D vases Amazon 3D Printing Store 3D printed furniture 3D printed dog noses 3D printed weapons earthquake-proof 3D printed column printing plants 3D printed chocolate 3D skulls and pumpkins 3D printed jack-o-lantern competition replica pet models 3D printing and heart surgery electronics printing lipstick 3D printing women's makeup spooky selfies quadcopter project prototypes household appliance animal figures bjarki hallgrimsson 3d printed prototypes tabletop games 3d printer 3d printed implants model prototype 3d models traditional model making 3d printed jewelry mini-you fabrication labs UAV body on a chip testable models investment casting vacuum casting tabletop wargames mars attacks 3d selfies eco-friendly prototype 3d figurines wedding cakes recycling 3d print production 3D concept 3D glasses tabletop gaming short run productions mantic pizza astronauts chefjet natural machines 3D metal printing 3D metal printers dancing robot robotic arm news 3D models CG modelling star wars 3D computer graphics cinema eyes drill netfabb Hatra statue 123D tool suite 3D modelling terminator 3D printing industry terminator 2 live puppeteering Rolex digital migration CAD jewelry 3d printed selfies CV creative business careers digital sculpting workplace hazards Gollum Alien 3 Jurassic Park Jar Jar Binks creativity metal powder dust project mosul 3D rendering 3D printing in space design thinking design 3D printed food 3D printed dinosaur mining in space 3D topography maps 3D printing in mining 3D printed laptop 3D printed ergonomic keyboard gifts decorations christmas PD Models interview 3D printed table accessories 3D printed bananas 3D printed urns motion art kinetic art medical use 3D print show children moon bases moon dust 3D modelling wood SWaCH reprap superhero prosthethics 3D printed Batman suit 3D printed sculpture 3D printed mansion 3D printed prototyping recyclebot 3d printed mea Carbon3D

How 3D printing technology is advancing the field of plastic surgery

How 3D printing technology is advancing the field of plastic surgery

In one of our previous posts, we explored the latest advancements in the use of 3D printing within the medical field. 3D printing is also making waves in the world of plastic surgery; read on to find out more.

3D printing helps patients envision the final result

There are many proven benefits to incorporating 3D printing into the world of plastic surgery. One of the key benefits of using this technology in the field is that it provides patients with the ability to see how surgery will look after it has been completed; this allows patients to experiment with different ‘looks’ and allows them to easily envision the final result. While cosmetic surgery is not an exact science, and there are no guarantees that the surgery will result in an exact look, 3D printers can bring patients closer to realistically perceiving the final result than ever before.

3D printing is also very useful for reconstructive surgeries, as it can allow technicians to construct an exact replica for a patient, as Dr. Spiegel notes:  “Another way in which 3D printing can be used by plastic or cosmetic surgeons is that it is able to assist surgeons to reconstruct patients’ faces who have been born disfigured or who have experienced significant injuries on one side of their faces as a result of accidents. The 3D printers can be used to create a mirror image of the opposite side of the face in order to reconstruct the injured parts. This allows the patient’s face to look symmetrical afterwards – in most cases, it is almost impossible to tell that any reconstructive surgery has even been performed.”

3D printers can help surgeons to design and print molds of body parts with greater precision; being able to design parts to specific specifications, which have been personalised based on the client's needs and desires, allow plastic surgeons to save time and money on their surgeries.

More cost-effective surgeries

While 3D printers themselves can be costly, the precision that they allow for can allow surgeons to save thousands of pounds on operations; making them far more cost-effective than traditional methods.  Plastic News illustrates the cost-effectiveness of using 3D printers in plastic surgeries: “The genius of 3-D printing is that, unlike traditional manufacturing, complex objects are not more expensive to make; they do not require unique molds or multiple machines. The cost of any object is determined simply by the amount of printing material used and the time needed to design it on a computer.”

The myriad benefits of incorporating 3D printing into plastic surgery operations

3D printers are helping to advance the world of plastic surgery in a variety of ways. Previously, clients could only hope for 2D representations of the final outcome of their surgeries, but 3D printers allow for clients to gain access to a very specific representation of the outcome of their potential surgeries in the physical world. In addition, the precision that 3D printers allow for in the field and the cost-effectiveness of incorporating these technologies into plastic surgery operations, are providing big benefits to the field.

Tagged with: plastic surgery