Microsoft describes its HoloLens technology as the first self-contained, holographic computer that allows you to not just engage with digital content but to interact with holograms. Could it be the next step to achieving cosmetic results that more closely align with patient expectations? Plastic surgeon Philip Miller, M.D., thinks so. He’s a pioneer in bringing the mixed reality technology into the cosmetic surgery practice.
“The idea is to take a patient’s three-dimensional hologram and then use that hologram during surgery to overlay it over the patient’s face as opposed to eyeballing a picture,” says Dr. Miller, a partner at Gotham Plastic Surgery, with locations in New York City and Los Angeles. “We are actually taking the image that we have created in 3D space and creating a hologram from it. Then, in augmented reality, we apply that hologram on the patient’s face.”
HoloLens has been commercially available the last three years, used primarily for corporate and industrial applications.
Dr. Miller started using the holographic technology about a year ago. To date, he has used HoloLens with a handful of rhinoplasty patients.
“You can see the world through the visor,” Dr. Miller tells The Aesthetic Channel. “You can also control holograms, which are objects that will appear in your view, as if they are part of the environment.”