With every passing week, we are witnessing the continual advancement of 3D technologies in the medical world. From prosthetics to pre-surgical models for the rehearsal of complex procedures, the progress of 3D printing and related technologies is having tremendous implications to medicine. A natural extension of this progress is in the practice of cosmetic surgery and MirrorMe3D is set to revolutionize the way people approach it.
The decision to have cosmetic surgery can be incredibly difficult and emotional. Even for someone completely committed to surgery, there is a fear of the unknown. And some studies have shown that up to 1/3 of plastic surgery patients are unhappy with the results. Up until now, there was no real way far a patient to see the possibilities of their post-surgery appearance as a tangible 3D model, so that going through the process involved a bit of a leap of faith.
Founded by Plastic Surgeon Dr. Carrie Stern, MirrorMe3D takes full advantage of 3D technologies to eliminate the fear of the unknown. The process is straight forward. Patients first upload three 2D photos to the company’s app, according to MirrorMe3D’s specifications. MirrorMe3D then makes a 3D model which the patient can modify in order to simulate their ideal look. The patient can then order a 3D print of their ideal look and it will be shipped to them within one week. If the patient is happy, they can schedule a consultation and move forward with the surgery.
At $225, the models aren’t cheap, but when you consider the mental and physical cost of a disappointing surgical procedure, the price is well worth it. There are a variety of reasons why a person may need cosmetic surgery and, whether it is purely aesthetic or due to an accident, illness, or birth defect, 3D printing allows the patient to have literal hands-on involvement in their procedure, and for a much greater rate of happy and satisfied patients. For more information, check them out at