The decrease in postsurgical nasal edema following rhinoplasty was found to be highly accurate using three-dimensional morphometric assessment, according to a study in the December edition of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The authors note that post-op edema can mask the final result of rhinoplasty for several months, but that no objective evidence supports this time estimate.

The investigators three-dimensionally quantified the decrease in post-op nasal edema after rhinoplasty by using 3D volumetric data culled from the Vectra 3D imaging system (Canfield), “that was then analyzed and processed using Geomagic software (3D Systems),” corresponding author Derek Steinbacher, D.M.D., M.D., tells Cosmetic Surgery Times.

“Serial time points were captured postoperatively and compared to the baseline (first week postop image),” Dr. Steinbacher says. “The difference in volume (subtraction) over time was then seen and analyzed.”

The retrospective study consisted of 40 patients with primary, open rhinoplasty, all of whom had at least three postop 3D images taken over the first year, for a total of 146 pictures.

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