Rhinoplasty is considered one of the most challenging procedures in plastic surgery. The authors introduce a novel concept of translating three-dimensional photographic images into three-dimensionally–printed, patient-specific, life-size models that can be used in preoperative counseling or as an intraoperative reference during rhinoplasty. This article describes the authors’ experience with this new application for three-dimensional printing, a technology that is overall garnering more widespread use and has prospective clinical and research applications in aesthetic surgery.
Dallas, Texas; and Philadelphia, Pa.
From the Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; and the Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania.
Received for publication June 18, 2017; accepted January 3, 2018.
Disclosure:None of the authors has a financial interest in any of the products or devices mentioned in this article.
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Bardia Amirlak, M.D., Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 1801 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75390, firstname.lastname@example.org