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Invited Commentary
July 2018

Three-Dimensional Printing of Nasal Prosthetics: Overcoming the Hump

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(7):564-565. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0371

Although the technology has existed for decades, craniofacial applications for 3-dimensional (3-D) printing remains in its infancy. Preoperative surgical planning, education, reconstruction, and implantation are among the current topics of investigation into craniofacial applications for 3-D printing.1 The implications for 3-D printing in soft tissue reconstruction have been thoroughly discussed in the setting of congenital anomalies and ablative or traumatic defects.2 The execution of this technology in routine reconstructive practice has suffered from technologic naivety as well as the requisite cost, time, and resources.

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