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3D Printer Helps Facial Reconstruction

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Stephen Power says he didn't want to leave the privacy of his home after a motorbike crash disfigured his face two years ago. "If I had to go out, I would wear the hat, glasses, basically anything I could do to disguise myself so I couldn't see it.

Plastic surgery wasn't enough to repair the badly damaged bones in his face, so he still felt self-conscious. That all changed when British surgeons wheeled him into the operating room and printed a 3D model of his face as a guide to transform his appearance.

Without the guide, it's up to our free hand decision making on the operating table.

Doctors spent months planning the high-tech 3D operation. "There's that actual custom made plate holding the bones back into position."

They made titanium implants to help reconstruct Power's eye socket and cheekbone without affecting his eyesight.

"It's just like a jigsaw puzzle and you're putting the pieces back together where they fit," says surgeon Adrian Sugar.

The 29-year-old says the surgery has changed his life. "I expected it to be a little bit better, but it wasn't, it was a lot different."

Doctors say Power is one of the first trauma patients in the world to have the 3D surgery.

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