Thursday, November 18, 2010

Computer Imaging for your Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

Once you’ve chosen your board certified plastic surgeon for your cosmetic surgical procedure, the next step is to schedule a consultation. At this stage, all your questions about your procedure will be answered. How long does surgery take? Will there be pain and swelling? Is there noticeable scarring from the procedure? What are the risks involved? How soon can I return to work?

Patients often ask, “What type of results can I expect after surgery?” During your initial consultation at Surgical Images, your physician can simulate a “post-op” blueprint of your surgical results. Imaging is most commonly used with the following procedures:

• Facelift
• E-lift
• Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
• Browlift
• Lip Enhancement
• Brachioplasty
• Rhinoplasty
• Genioplasty
• Otoplasty
• Tummy Tuck
• Liposuction

The “before” images are captured and displayed on the computer screen. Using computer imaging software “post-op” images are generated, showing simulation of the anticipated surgical results.

Computer Imaging simulations are not an exact science.

The digital imaging process at Surgical Images is designed to assist in your decision making process and to ensure your goals and expectations can be achieved after surgery. Above all else, these retouched and corrected “after” shots are not a guaranteed result, but rather a blueprint, to give you an idea of what you can realistically expect post-op.

“Just take a little off the top and a bit off the sides, please.”

How much is a “little?” Or even worse, how much is a “bit?” These words and others like them are commonly heard in consultations and if left undefined can cause misunderstandings. Because these words have no precise definitions they are all open to interpretation.

Computer imaging is a good visual communication tool for you and your surgeon. You have a picture of yourself in mind of how you want to look, and your surgeon knows what is possible and what is not possible. Through computer imaging, you can define your expectations and your surgeon will show the results he or she believes are achievable.