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Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Uses ILLUSIO 3D Breast Simulation for Remote Patient Consultation

A Newport Beach, California-based plastic surgeon is now using the latest developments in technology to have remote consultations with patients who live outside of the city of the rich and famous…and even outside of California.

With the rise of TeleMedicine, it is becoming clear that the best medical care is not limited to geography. A Newport Beach, California-based plastic surgeon is now using the latest developments in technology to have remote consultations with patients who live outside of the city of the rich and famous…and even outside of California.

Dr. David Benvenuti is working with a new breast simulation company called ILLUSIO to offer women a chance to see what they’ll look like with breast implants using its proprietary real-time virtual mirror technology.

ILLUSIO combines a fluid and lifelike 3D virtual image of a patient’s breasts with a live image of her face and body to transform a wall mounted TV into a virtual mirror. The proprietary artistic adapters and deformers allow surgeons to easily manipulate virtual models to quickly replicate any real life breast characteristics. Patients can now see themselves and their future bodies in real time. With the ILLUSIO 3D imaging system, she can turn side-to-side and in real-time see herself with all of the size and shape options that her surgeon creates, enabling her to make a quick and confident decision.

With our new remote consults, we’re able to conduct a full consultation with a patient over our computers. Using ILLUSIO, I am able to listen to my patients and visually show them what they can expect as an outcome based on their wishes and their unique body type.

DR. DAVID BENVENUTI, BOARD CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON

According to Dr. Benvenuti, there is considerable demand for experienced Board Certified plastic surgeons in most regions of the country. While there is adequate supply in major cosmopolitan cities, when you go to the more rural areas or even smaller urban centers, it’s difficult to find a qualified plastic surgeon. “With our new remote consults, we’re able to conduct a full consultation with a patient over our computers as if she were standing here in our office. Using ILLUSIO, I am able to listen to my patients and visually show them what they can expect as an outcome based on their wishes and their unique body type,” says Dr. Benvenuti. “She will still need to fly in for the procedure, but one trip is typically very manageable,” he continued.

ILLUSIO CEO, Ethan Winner says, “We developed our breast simulation system to enable a visual discussion between plastic surgeons and their patients. It’s truly wonderful to see Dr. Benvenuti using our technology to advance his abilities to conduct remote consultations. Now women have more options is choosing the right surgeon.”

ILLUSIO is the only breast simulation system in the marketplace that enables remote consults. As more and more patients seek highly qualified plastic surgeons, these “e-consults” are the perfect way to bring doctors and patients together.

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Women Surveyed Overwhelmingly Prefer the ILLUSIO Breast Simulation System

ILLUSIO is a new medical software company featuring the latest in 3D augmented reality technology.  This imaging system has been designed as a patient-centric tool for Board Certified Plastic Surgeons to visually and effectively communicate with their patients about the numerous outcomes of breast surgery.

ILLUSIO recently took their imaging system to the largest Esthetics and Beauty conference in the world to see if women really wanted to know what they were going to look like before having surgery. The results are astonishing.

–  97% of women prefer to see a plastic surgeon using ILLUSIO.

–  98% of women say that ILLUSIO would add to their understanding of the procedure and increase their confidence in making a decision.

95% of women who already had breast augmentation would have made different decisions if they had ILLUSIO.

ILLUSIO combines a fluid and lifelike 3D virtual image of a patient’s breasts with a live image of her face and body to transform a wall mounted TV into a virtual mirror.  The proprietary artistic adapters and deformers allow surgeons to easily manipulate virtual models to quickly replicate any real life breast characteristics.  Patients can now see themselves and their future bodies in real time.  With the ILLUSIO 3D imaging system, she can turn side-to-side and in real-time see herself with all of the size and shape options that her surgeon creates, enabling her to make a quick and confident decision.

“With ILLUSIO, my patients understand exactly what my vision is for their surgery; and I understand theirs as well. They can see themselves in real time as I transform their breasts until we capture their ideal shape and size. With this technology the decision to proceed with surgery is much easier,” said Dr. Kyle Song, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at South Coast Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA.

There are more than 300,000 breast augmentation surgeries performed each year with another 150,000 breast lifts, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  The ILLUSIO 3D imaging system is the next chapter in creating a more patient-centric and empowering experience for women.

Headquartered in San Clemente, CA, ILLUSIO plans on expanding beyond virtual breast models to tummy tucks which will enable imaging for “Mommy Makeovers”.  Next on the list will be facial procedures such as nose reshaping and face lifts.

* 115 women surveyed at the 2017 International Esthetic Cosmetics & Spa Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Augmented Reality Could Revolutionize Plastic Surgery

The use of augmented reality could change the world of healthcare and plastic surgery. ILLUSIO is a California-based company which is using this cutting-edge technology to offer for the very first time patients an accurate, real-time 3D picture of how they will look after reconstructive or cosmetic breast surgery.

To produce these images, the surgeon only needs the ILLUSIO augmented reality software, an iPad or Android tablet and a special black band that covers the patient’s breasts.

“That black band has a marker on the front of it, and the die on that marker is what is recognized by the camera on the iPad. That enables the software to lay a virtual breast image on the patient and the image stays on the patient,” explained Ethan Winner, CEO and co-founder of ILLUSIO, in an interview with MedicalExpo e-magazine. The iPad works like a virtual mirror. “You can go closer to the patient or further away and the breast model stays in correct proportions to the body.”

Helping Patients Overcome Fear of Surgery

Dr. Kyle Song, another company co-founder and its Chief Medical Officer, has already used this technology on a hundred patients. The ILLUSIO team started offering access to the software in January for about $500 a month. It quickly became extremely popular. ILLUSIO has been contacted by surgeons and distributors from all over the world. Even the Stanford University School of Medicine has shown interest. Dr. Song told MedicalExpo:

This technology answers the need for patients undergoing breast surgery to really feel comfortable with their decision. It helps them develop trust in their surgeon and really takes away a lot of fear about the unknowns of surgery.

According to him, breast augmentation is now the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States, with almost 300,000 surgeries a year.

“A woman’s breasts are such a part of her feminine identity that there is always a lot of anxiety and fear that goes along with the surgery. There hasn’t been any great imaging or projection software that can show a woman what she is going to look like after surgery. And especially none that does it in real time,” Dr. Song said.

A Powerful Communications Tool

Each surgeon has a different technique for breast augmentation. To Dr. Song, the beauty of this software is that there are no algorithms or measurements to enter into the system. It is done “entirely artistically.” Each surgeon creates a rendering of what the desired or anticipated result will be based on his or her experience and on the patient’s breast anatomy, body type, skin type and similar factors.

ILLUSIO creates a visual bridge between the surgeon and the patient.

“It has become such an effective tool for communication and has so increased the number of surgeries I’ve done, that I use this for every single breast surgery patient that I see,” explained Dr. Song

Women are also able to download a patient version of the software to recreate their experience in the doctor’s office at home, where they feel more comfortable. Later this year, the ILLUSIO team wants to extend the technology to abdominal procedures and eventually to facial features, like nose reconstruction. It also can be used for reconstructive surgery, such as after an accident.

“It creates a visual bridge between the surgeon and the patient. There is an enormous future for augmented reality,” stated Winner.

source: emag.medicalexpo

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Plastic Surgery Outcomes Can Now Be Visualised Using AR

The uses of augmented reality (AR) are endless, but it is usually a way for users to experience an alternative world that doesn’t usually turn into reality, however AR can be a great tool to look into what would happen if it were reality. ILLUSIO, a new medical software company, has designed a way in which users can imagine plastic surgery outcomes on an iPad device.

Using AR to combine the patient in real time with a lifelike 3D visualisation, ILLUSIO produces images that surgeons can manipulate to replicate what the patient wants, whether it be their face or body. The software uses virtual models to apply patients’ characteristics, and the user can see the complete transformation while turning side to side, checking the size and shape of what the surgeon creates.

Ethan Winner, CEO of ILLUSIO, said in a press release: “We are thrilled to finally be in a position to offer our imaging system to plastic surgeons across the country. There has always been a need for patients and their surgeons to better communicate with one another. With ILLUSIO they can share the same exact image of the outcome of aesthetic surgery. Patients will no longer have to rely on before and after pictures of other patients. They can now simply see themselves.”

ILLUSIO will be showcasing at the largest plastic surgery conference, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) Aesthetic Meeting in Las Vegas for three days, 4th – 6th April.

For the latest news and updates in virtual reality (VR) and AR stay with VRFocus.

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Augmented Reality Tech to Help Size Up Breast Implants

A company called Illusio (San Clemente, CA) is now using augmented reality technology to help size up breast implants, themselves a form of reality augmentation. Illusio built an iPad app that captures video of a patient while she’s wearing a specially colored bra and immediately superimposes computer generated breasts over the bra. Various size breasts can be tried and if the iPad is turned toward the patient, it can be used as a virtual mirror to try what breasts different size implants will result in.

The goal is to reduce anxiety and have patients be more confident with their decisions, since the final result should be very similar to what the app predicts.

The process takes little time besides launching the app and having the patient put on the special bra. From there on the surgeon can directly discuss the goals, expectations, and what are the next steps.

Source: medGadget

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