Written By Michelle Matisons Via 3DPrint.com
3D printing is merging with such a variety of applications these days it’s dizzying. Recently, 3D Systemsannounced it is partnering with a New York-based start-up, led by Dr. Carrie Stern, called MirrorMe3D.The purpose is to “augment” the cosmetic surgery client’s experience (and the surgeon’s performance). If you are like me and are fascinated by the cosmetic surgery culture and its quest for human perfection, then it makes sense that entrepreneurs would tap into 3D printing to show a close to “real life” version of what a new face will actually look like.
Worried about that nose job you’ve been saving up for? Not sure how it will actually look? (You’ve heard horror stories, right?) Well, never fear: MirrorMe3D, in partnership with 3D Systems, is here to assuage any fear and reveal the new you before you look in the mirror once the bandages come off!
MirrorMe3D will use 3D printed ‘before’ and ‘after’ colored models that are patient-specific. Obviously, it would be a big comfort to actually see a replica of the cosmetic alteration before it occurs, and it may likely even convince some people who are sitting on the fence to go ahead and get that surgery while they can still enjoy themselves. And if you think about it, in the same way that we laud the medical use of 3D printed models to prepare surgeons before their patients go under the knife, there is also the obvious factor of the models having a larger medical benefit — just like any other surgery.
This unique approach to cosmetic surgery is called a “game changer” and a “paradigm shift” by physicians familiar with usual cosmetic surgery routines. Dr. Glenn Jelks, NYU Medical Center Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and Opthamology, has this to say about the merging of 3D printing and cosmetic surgery procedures: