Cosmetic surgeons are using the latest technology from the Hollywood film industry to help
patients undergoing face transplants.
Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC) have begun
using the 3D modelling systems which are often used to mimic human facial
movements on animated characters.
Dr Vijay Gorantla, administrative medical director of the Reconstructive
Transplantation Program at UPMC, said that the procedure is allowing surgeons
to better assess a person's underlying facial structure.
"This 3D modelling helps us customise the procedure to the patient's
individual anatomy so that the donor tissue will fit like a puzzle piece onto
the patient's face," he added.
Individuals who have suffered serious facial disfigurement often undergo the
transplant in an attempt to restore their ability to chew and speak.
In September this year, the recipient of
America's first facial transplant Connie Culp, who survived a gunshot to the
face, said the procedure has given her a new love for life.
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Cosmetic surgery news : 30 November 2011