Assessment of rhinoplasty techniques by overlay of before-and-after 3D images.

Authors: Dean M Toriumi, Tatiana Dixon. Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Source: 3D Imaging Technologies for Facial Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America, Volume 19, Number 4, Pages 712-723, Nov 2011.

This article describes the equipment and software used to create facial 3D imaging and discusses the validation and reliability of the objective assessments done using this equipment. By overlaying preoperative and postoperative 3D images, it is possible to assess the surgical changes in 3D. Methods are described to assess the 3D changes from the rhinoplasty techniques of nasal dorsal augmentation, increasing tip projection, narrowing the nose, and nasal lengthening.

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