Special Issue

Topic: The Application of 3D Printing Technology in Plastic Surgery

A Special Issue of Plastic and Aesthetic Research

ISSN 2349-6150 (Online)   2347-9264 (Print)

Submission deadline: 20 Jan 2024

Guest Editor(s)

Prof. Warren Matthew Rozen
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Peninsula Clinical School, Central Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University,Melbourne, Australia.
Prof. Albert S. Woo
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The Warren Alpert Medical School,Providence, RI, USA.

Special Issue Introduction

Three-dimensional (3D) printing has emerged as a groundbreaking innovation in the realm of plastic surgery, offering numerous unprecedented advances in personalized patient care and surgical planning. One of the most compelling applications of 3D printing is its capability to create highly accurate anatomical models based on patient-specific data. Surgeons can analyze these models preoperatively and anticipate potential challenges, thereby reducing operative time and minimizing risks. Furthermore, this technology enables the development of patient-specific cutting guides tailored to individual anatomical characteristics, optimizing both functional and aesthetic outcomes.

Beyond preoperative planning, 3D printing has revolutionized the creation of customized implants and prosthetics, precisely matching individual anatomical specifications. Unlike traditional implants, which often come in generic shapes and sizes, 3D-printed implants can conform exactly to a patient’s unique anatomy. This promotes better integration and reduces the risk of complications or discomfort. Moreover, looking towards the future, bio-printing - the process of printing with cells and biomaterials - is an emerging field with the potential to create actual living tissues, opening doors to regenerative and restorative medicine within plastic surgery. Additionally, 3D printing has made significant strides in medical education by providing highly detailed, anatomically accurate models for hands-on training and practice. These customizable models offer a tactile, interactive learning experience that traditional methods cannot match. By bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical skills, 3D printing is setting the stage for a more competent and prepared generation of healthcare professionals.

As 3D printing technology continues its rapid evolution, complemented by advances in scanning, modeling, and materials science, it is increasingly becoming an indispensable asset in the plastic surgeon’s arsenal. With its expanding range of applications and capabilities, 3D printing is poised to raise the standards of surgical precision, operative efficiency, and, ultimately, patient outcomes.

Submission Deadline

20 Jan 2024

Submission Information

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Submission Deadline: 20 Jan 2024
Contacts: Thea Wang, Assistant Editor, Thea@parjournal.net

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