VECTRA® 3D imaging is the perfect tool to help facial plastic surgeons be more accurate in pre-op planning. The ability to critically analyze factors such as contour and volume allows me to accurately assess the expected results of procedures, and have meaningful, compelling consultations with my patients. These benefits apply to clinical research and reconstructive surgery as well as to the aesthetic practice.
Dr. Harris was also among the first facial plastic surgeons to adopt Canfield's Face Sculptor software, allowing him to simulate aesthetic surgical procedures using the patient's own 3D image. "The challenge has been to visualize some of the more subtle changes we want to make. For example, in rhinoplasty it's possible to show changes to the bridge of the nose in two dimensions, using a profile view. However, tip projection and rotation, particularly in a frontal view, are not so obvious. In these cases, 3D is the perfect tool to help surgeons be more accurate in pre-op planning."
The use of 3D simulation has also energized the ancillary staff at in a number of ways. First, it has helped them understand the surgical planning process, since they can now observe how various changes affect the patient's appearance. More importantly, it has increased the level of expertise and credibility with which they can interact with the patients. As a result, they can approach their jobs with a much higher level of confidence, and are more effective in the patient interactions.
Dr. Harris is a board certified/fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon who is a pioneer in comprehensive cosmetic facial rejuvenation for individuals of darker skin tones. Dr. Harris graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, received his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his surgical training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Harris is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Georgetown University, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and the Howard University, Department of Dermatology.