3D photodocumentation can potentially be an essential tool, not only to better understand the ageing process, but also to help de ne protocols to restore facial harmony. With recent technological advances, physicians are able to capture the 3D images with portable and highly versatile cameras which fit flawlessly into their consultation work flow. The Quantificare suite we use to analyse the 3D images captured by these cameras is intuitive and highly informative, providing a huge range of data.
For skin evaluation, the SkinCare module provides analysis of wrinkles, pores, oiliness, cutaneous texture, roughness, vascular and pigmentary changes, allowing the physician to obtain evidence and measurements of significant changes to consider during the physical examination. For subcutaneous tissue evaluation, the tools are available to allow the analysis of the volumetric deficits, the measurement of the importance of folds, as well as the influences of this anatomic plane in the facial contour
Figure 1: Measurement of the volume injected in a patient submitted to lling with hyaluronic acid in the malar and mentonian region (non-cross-linked hyaluronic acid 13,5mg/mL + mannitol 0,9%, 1,5cc per side).
Figure 2. Cranial-caudal view of a patient submitted to lling with hyaluronic acid in malar and mentonian areas (non-cross-linked hyaluronic acid 13,5mg/mL + mannitol 0,9%, 1,5cc per side). Note the changing in volumetry of the patient’s malar region, with a more uniform contour and smoother transition in the signaled area.
In addition to assisting in the best evaluation, the 3D simulation tool enables the elaboration of more assertive treatment protocols and the clear understanding and compliance of the patients. The 3D photo-documentation can be used as a control parameter in the evaluation of the clinical improvement and the effectiveness of the treatments used.
Standardised photography is fundamental for an unbiased evaluation of results. An image which is captured without paying close attention to surrounding lighting, background, focus and distance can potentially compromise a post-procedure evaluation. With the capabilities of the 3D camera, many of these problems are solved along with the possibility to evaluate angles and positions which cannot be viewed using traditional photography techniques.
The use of 3D technology facilitates communication with patients, making even small changes in injectable treatments visible.
In our experience, Quantificare’s 3D LifeViz system has proved to be an important tool to assist in facial evaluation and in the elaboration of more effective facial harmony restoration protocols and has helped to facilitate communication with patients.