Health & Nutrition

The FACE project aims at a new, more exact and more reliable way of facial surgery planning. We present a framework for facial surgery simulation which is based on volumetric finite element modeling. In various preprocessing steps a 3D physically-based facial model is reconstructed from CT and laser range scans. All geometric and topological changes corresponding to the actual surgical procedure are modeled by means of a commercially available modeling system (ALIAS). Using fully 3D volumetric elasticity allows us to represent volumetric effects such as incompressibility in a natural and physically accurate way.