Why we do this:
Disrupting healthcare is no small feat.
There's a lot of momentum to keep doing things the old way, even if they're not the best way, simply because it's familiar. For instance, the standard of care in cosmetic surgery for the last 40+ years has been the routine use of 2D photographs which serve as a reference during surgery. But this actually isn't the best way to plan for surgery. 2D can never quite capture the anatomical detail and scale that would best guide them in the operating room, especially when dealing with soft tissue. What surgeons really needed was a three-dimensional model to faithfully plan for the anatomy that they'd operate on.
The need for and benefits of 3D models in plastic surgery are palpable—but until 2015, the market was largely uncharted.
Enter our founder, Dr. Carrie Stern, and her epiphany moment. She recognized the problems inherent when photographs, the potential presented by replacing outdated methods with 3D models, and knew the time was right for moving the standard of care forward. A few months later, MirrorMe3D, was born. Along the way, many advisors, plastic surgeons themselves, have joined in on ensuring the mission of MirrorMe is fulfilled: patient specific care for patients everywhere.
MirrorMe products all began with the patient being treated front of mind. They are highly detailed models and guides focused on specific anatomical regions and specific surgeries or treatment methods. The creation process includes several steps of data verification because we want to make sure that not only are the products accurate, but also valuable.
We'll always strive to provide surgeons with what they need to excel in their delivery of the best care to patients.
Perhaps most importantly, we're continuously finding new ways to redefine what's considered possible in healthcare.
Planning for surgery
3D planning is the most effective tool for modeling soft tissue: 3D models most effectively portray soft tissue because they are made only after getting loads of patient-specific information. Before they're made, patients are scanned, either through MRI or CT technologies, to ensure that doctors know the existence, locations, and changing behaviors of soft tissue. Knowing these properties helps them create a more accurate model. This means that surgeons now have intra-operative soft-tissue guides, giving them reference knowledge that they never had before and would never have gotten from a photograph.