Study Proves 3D Imaging is major advancement for breast augmentation patients and plastic surgery.
When women are considering breast augmentation they always want to know: “ what am I going to look like after surgery.”
That is the number one question that women have in their consultation. Over ten years ago patients would place sample implants in their bra for this visual but we found this to be misleading for patients. A given size implant in a bra never equated well with an actual result. Surprisingly, most surgeons are still doing this today!
What sets Dr. Adams office apart from other surgeons is that he uses VECTRA 3D imaging. With VECTRA, we are able to give our patients a 98.5% accurate, 3-dimensional image of what they will look like after breast augmentation. This has become a great educational tool to use during the consultation so that the patient and the doctor can be on the same page on what the patient will look like after surgery. Using 3D-imaging, we are able to show you the differences between a more natural looking breast versus having more upper fullness by inputting different styles and sizes of implants. It allows patients and Dr. Adams to sit in the consultation and effectively communicate and confirm what the patient wants, and the technology has made a huge impact on patient experience. Patients are able to look at this imaging and have a very accurate image of what they will look like prior to having the surgery.
Another really important aspect of 3D Imaging for breast is that it has to used in conjunction with breast measurement and what we call tissue based planning (or picking implants that fit the breast). In our landmark 3D imaging study that was published in August of 2014 in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal that found the 3D imaging technology (Canfield Vectra) was 98.5% accurate, but only when used in conjunction with tissue-based planning.
The 3d Imaging Consultation
During your consultation you will first have your 3D scan done to generate the image, a quick and easy process. Dr. Adams will take very precise measurements of the patient’s breasts. Then, using the software simulation tools, Dr. Adams can create a 3D digital visual of the expected surgery results. The 3D imaging can be used on a variety of other plastic surgery procedures as well, such as breast lifts, augmentation with breast lift, rhinoplasty and face procedures. Now that patients use this for almost every consult we don’t know how we got along without it before!