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'Avatar'-Like 3-D Images Bring Life to Cosmetic Procedures at Destin Plastic Surgery

New state-of-the-art 3-D imaging simulates surgical outcome to put patients mind at ease. Destin Plastic Surgery is one of only 26 cosmetic surgery practices in the United States with this system.

Destin, Florida-February 22, 2010 – Dr. William Burden and Dr. Scott Ennis, plastic surgeons at Destin Plastic Surgery, rave about the 3-D system they now use to simulate surgery on prospective clients. Recent advances in three dimensional (3D) photography, combined with revolutionary new software, allow prospective patients to preview what they may look like as the result of breast augmentation, rhinoplasty and facial contouring, well in advance of any surgery.

The process starts with a Vectra® 3D session, which produces a three-dimensional photograph of the face or body with 12 different digital cameras at once, with a resolution of 36 megapixels. Then using Sculptor™ software, the surgeon is able to simulate the expected results of breast augmentation, rhinoplasty and facial contouring.

"This 3-D system has a clever interface that constructs a realistic, modifiable image that can be sculpted in the same way that cosmetic surgery would sculpt a nose or a breast. Within minutes, we can see possible surgical results. In this scenario, a picture is truly worth a thousand words," explains Dr. Burden. On a computer screen, the patient sees side-by-side pictures, an untouched version and a surgery simulation.

3-D imaging has emerged as the state-of-the art modern method to help cosmetic surgeons and patients visualize outcomes. The old days of red and blue tinted glasses are gone, and the newest version of 3-D uses sophisticated computers to create lifelike images. Patients are often surprised to find the same technology used in films like James Cameron's 'Avatar' in their cosmetic surgeon's office.

"The 3-D simulator helps me to communicate visually and set the patient's expectations. When they are realistic about what can be achieved, they are much more at ease with surgery," says Dr. Ennis. "Specifically with our breast augmentation patients, they can compare many different size implants and see what the potential outcome would look like for them. It creates a shared vision between patient and surgeon."

For patients considering rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, the Vectra® 3D machine eliminates some of the uncertainty for both the patient and surgeon.

"With rhinoplasty, small changes can quite effectively enhance a patient's authentic beauty while at the same time preserve ethnic identity," said Dr. Burden. "Vectra® 3D allows me to show this visually to the patient prior to the surgery so they can see how natural the results will be."

"No longer do potential patients simply have to take the surgeons word for face value as to what they envision will be an appropriate change," reiterated Dr. Burden. "They can see it on their own image."

Dr. Burden envisions more three-dimensional surgery applications in the future. "Cosmetic surgeons already think in three dimensions, and we now have the ability to show this vision to patients more clearly with this system."

"It has become an essential component of my consultation," Dr. Ennis said. "The Vectra® 3D allows me to perform 'virtual surgery' with the patient as an active participant."

Vectra® 3D is now available worldwide and Destin Plastic Surgery is one of only 26 cosmetic surgery practices in the United States with this system. A consultation for breast augmentation or rhinoplasty including 3-D imaging and sculpting simulation takes about 45 minutes, with no additional consultation fee.

Both the VECTRA® 3D camera and Sculptor™ software which make this possible were developed by Canfield Imaging Systems of Fairfield, NJ, the world's leading provider of medical photography systems. Visit www.canfieldsci.com for more information.

To schedule a consultation, please call (850) 654-1194 or visit us at www.theplasticdoc.com.

About Destin Plastic Surgery

Dr. William R Burden, MD, FACS and Dr. L. Scott Ennis, MD, FACS of Destin Plastic Surgery are known for their experience and dedication to staying in the forefront of leading technology in plastic surgery. They perform over a thousand procedures per year, and are recognized for their endoscopic and minimal incision surgery including the "No Scar on the Breast" and "No Scar on the Face" techniques. Drs Burden and Ennis have the distinction of being dual board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as General Surgery. They treat many patients from the southeast including Panama City, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Dothan, Atlanta, and Birmingham with referrals coming from all regions of the United States and abroad. Many people travel from Europe, South America and Asia to Destin Plastic Surgery to seek out their services.

Destin Plastic Surgery and its affiliated Anti-Aging Skincare Clinic also specialize in the most popular, non surgical procedures and medical skincare products. Destin Plastic Surgery is designated as a diamond provider of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Restylane and has been distinguished as one of the largest providers of JUVÉDERM™ Injectable gel in the country. For more information, please visit our website www.theplasticdoc.com or call (850) 654-1194.

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