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Twenty-two-year-old Whitney Herrick says she hasn’t been happy with her nose since middle school. She doesn’t think it fits her face, which is why she is talking to plastic surgeon Jennifer Walden about getting a new nose.

Before Whitney goes under the knife, she gets a snapshot of how she could look. A software called Vectra system shows Whitney what her new nose will look like in 3D.

“From that image I can morph or change things on the patient’s anatomy whether it’s the nose, or the breasts, or the torso or the face,” Walden said.

Before Vectra, patients could only see their new look with a flat, 2D image. This system shows the whole thing back, front and side to side.

“There are some limitations to the software imaging and there are some limitations to what we can do with a scalpel, but it will look somewhat close to what we can do with surgery,” Walden said.

For Whitney, it’s the best thing yet for a glimpse of a new nose, and makes the decision for surgery a bit less painful.

Dr. Walden is the only plastic surgeon in Austin using the Spectra 3D system. Click here for more information.

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