The Evolution of Photography and Three-Dimensional Imaging in Plastic Surgery

Jason M. Weissler, Carrie S. Stern, Jillian Schreiber, Bardia Amirlak, Oren M. Tepper

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Abstract

Throughout history, the technological advancements of conventional clinical photography in plastic surgery have refined not only the plastic surgeon’s armamentarium, but have invigorated the profession through technology. The technology of the once traditional two-dimensional photograph has since been revolutionized and refashioned to incorporate novel applications, which have since become the standard in clinical photography.Contrary to traditional standardized two-dimensional photographs, three-dimensional photography provides the surgeon with an invaluable volumetric and morphological analysis by demonstrating true surface dimensions both pre and postoperatively. Clinical photography has served as one of the fundamental objective means by which plastic surgeons review outcomes, however the newer three-dimensional technology has been primarily used to enhance the preoperative consultation with surgical simulations.We intend to familiarize readers with the notion that 3D photography extends well beyond its marketing application during surgical consultation. For the cosmetic surgeon, as the application of three-dimensional photography continues to mature in facial plastic surgery, it will continue to bypass the dated conventional photographic methods plastic surgeons once relied upon.This paper reviews a paradigm shift and provides a historical review of the fascinating evolution of photography in plastic surgery by highlighting the clinical utility of three-dimensional photography as an adjunct to plastic and reconstructive surgery practices. As three-dimensional photographic technology continues to evolve, its application in facial plastic surgery will provide an opportunity for a new objective standard in plastic surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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StateAccepted/In press - Nov 21 2016

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Three-Dimensional Imaging
Photography
Plastic Surgery
Technology
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
Referral and Consultation
Marketing
Cosmetics
History
Surgeons

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  • Surgery

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The Evolution of Photography and Three-Dimensional Imaging in Plastic Surgery. / Weissler, Jason M.; Stern, Carrie S.; Schreiber, Jillian; Amirlak, Bardia; Tepper, Oren M.

In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 21.11.2016.

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Weissler, Jason M. ; Stern, Carrie S. ; Schreiber, Jillian ; Amirlak, Bardia ; Tepper, Oren M. / The Evolution of Photography and Three-Dimensional Imaging in Plastic Surgery. In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2016.
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