Case Studies Severe facial asymmetry - MaxFax case

Improving patient care and minimizing risks with 3D printing

Case Study
  • Craniomaxillofacial

The Case

This young girl’s CT scans showed she was suffering from a complex deformity causing severe facial asymmetry and shifting of the midpoint of her chin. Her surgeon had defined a corrective procedural plan to correct her chin point and mandible. However, due to the complex nature of the condition, he also requested a 3D anatomical model to help decide if they were taking the correct course of action.


The 3D virtual model (above) and 3D printed model (below) provided by Axial3D enabled the surgeon to understand the young patient’s condition in much greater detail than using her CT scans alone, helping him to shape a fundamentally new plan, that would reduce time both for planning and during the surgery itself. The surgeon also used the models to explain the planned procedure to the patient, helping her to much better understand the procedure and gain her consent to proceed.

Benefits of using the 3D Model

Aided by these precision 3D visuals, the surgeon not only reduced pre-operative planning time by 60 minutes, but more critically, time in the OR was also reduced by an impressive 100 minutes. Consequently, this led to the patient being under anesthesia for a much shorter period, supporting a much reduced risk of infections or other complications and a much better overall level of patient care for this young girl.

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