3D stereophotogrammetry quantification for tissue repositioning using Botulinum toxin A: a case report





Hereby, we objectively assessed the outcomes of a facial-lifting procedure with Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A)
using a 3D stereophotogrammetry quantification (3D-SQ). A 46-year-old female patient received a full face
BoNT-A treatment in a total dose of 180 Speywood Units (sU). Frontal, lateral and oblique photographs were
taken before and 20 days after treatment, at rest and during mimic movements. Also, a facial scanning was
performed before and 20 days after BoNT-A injections. The results were analyzed using a 3D-SQ software. The
photographs showed a decrease in expression lines and dynamic wrinkles. In addition, a better-defined jawline
and volume gain in the midface area with improvement of the profile appearance, due to the reduction of the
sagging skin under the chin, was observed. The 3D-SQ showed volume gains of 1.17 ml on the right and of
1.59 ml on the left cheekbone areas, due to the cranially soft-tissue repositioning. In addition, a decrease in the
volume of melomental folds areas (0.27ml on the right and 0.41 ml on the left side) was reported, compatible
to the above-mentioned volume gain. Measurements considering cephalometric points showed a decrease in the
total facial height (distance from Trichion to Mental points), suggesting a soft tissue dislocation in an upward
direction. Finally, this case report showed quantitative results that can evidence the role of BoNT-A in faciallifting
procedures. These results reinforce the importance of using a 3D-SQ to assess the outcomes of BoNT-A
and, probably, other aesthetic procedures.

Botulinum Toxin; Platysma; Facelifting; 3D images; Quantificare.






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