Generally, before and after photos leave a lot to be desired, whether they're
from a TV infomercial for a workout machine or a magazine ad for face
cream. But no before and after photos leave more to be desired—or
make you feel even more uncertain—than the ones advertising cosmetic
work for Botox, fillers, or other anti-aging treatments. Pictures of results
sometimes use better lighting and more makeup to fake improvement, the
photos are often only two-dimensional (so you can’t always see what’s
changed), and, most importantly, it’s not
yourface in the picture. But new 3D technologies are aiming to change that.
In Australia, plastic surgeon Michael Molton, with the help of a software
designer, has recently developed a 3D-scanning camera called the SAFV
system, that creates a topographical map of his patients’ faces.
The final images can be moved side to side and up and down and are particularly
ideal for previewing volume changes in the face after filler in cheeks,
lips, or facial lines. And, to predict the muscle-freezing effects of
Botox, Molton tells
New Scientist that 3D video scanning could be next.
Other than the thrill factor of seeing a computerized version of your own
visage—and wondering whether this might be the next big upgrade
for iPhone 8—there’s another major benefit of 3D camera scans:
You won’t lose perspective. You know those people, be they celebrities
or strangers on the street, who so obviously went overboard with cosmetic
procedures and you wonder how they got so off track? These before and
afters help doctors track progress and could potentially provide a reality
check for overeager patients who claim they don’t see improvements.
For those curious about going under the needle, the Vectra M3 from Canfield
is a 3D technology that's already available in the US, and doctors
can also manipulate your rendering like a real-life Facetune to fill,
shrink, and smooth so you can see what the work will look like before
you decide to get it done. We can’t think of a better way to try
out your own Kylie Jenner moment.
Originally featured in Allure magazine