The prospect of cosmetic surgery is exciting for most patients, and it can be a challenge to remain patient while waiting to see the final result. Because of this, many of my patients ask me if new visualization technology apps are worth downloading. Can they provide realistic insights into potential results? It’s a great question—and one addressed by a recent article on Medium that explores significant ongoing investments being made into technologies and innovations intended to simulate cosmetic surgery results.
Your skin and features are quite a bit more complex than computer pixels.
However, these apps are often geared towards satisfying an individual’s wish to see an idealized version of themselves and don’t necessarily present realistic possibilities.
The Medium article makes note of a few tantalizing developments, including:
What is my take on all of this? While these new developments may sound exciting, I have some serious reservations.
The bottom line is that all patients have unique features—including some that can only be understood in person. Plastic surgeons must use creativity, aesthetic discernment, and surgical skill to ensure the cosmetic surgery plan will complement your particular features. They also have to operate on you in real life, and flesh is quite a bit more complex than computer pixels.
While visualization technology can occasionally be helpful, it simply can not replace an in-person consultation with a highly experienced, board certified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should spend time understanding the nuances of your features and be thrilled to help you hone in on the best changes for you. In fact, if you consult with any surgeon that offers to match results from an app or encourages you to use one to pick out your own surgical plan, consider it a red flag.
To that end, we’d invite anyone who’s excited about plastic surgery, jittery about plastic surgery, or on the fence to contact us today. We’d love to chat with you about possible techniques and approaches and to answer any questions you may have about what the final outcome will be.