If you find it hard to imagine how you will look after your breast augmentation procedure you are not alone. In our office we spend a great deal of time going over appropriate implant size choices with patients and allow them to visualize their new look with implant sizers. Despite all of this effort, there still seems to be size choice issues which remain, and I have watched patients agonize over their implant size decision. I am excited to announce that we now have a new tool to assist our patients in visualizing their result, and it is called vectra xt 3D imaging.
This technology has actually been around for quite some time, but it has finally evolved into a user friendly system that can be used in a time efficient manner in a busy clinical practice. Capturing the photo only takes about a second and the data is then processed by a computer. By the time the patient has returned to the consultation room, their images are ready to simulate and can then be reviewed with them.
The beauty of this system is that it has all of the commercially available breast implant sizes loaded in so that with the click of a button, a patient can see not only how she looks currently, but how she will appear after her augmentation. several published studies have validated it’s accuracy and patient satisfaction is around 95%! In addition, many of the patients who would have been reluctant to proceed with an operation were able to do so because of this technology.
This system is going to be implemented into our practice in the next several weeks and we are eagerly awaiting it’s arrival. While it will initially slow down the consultation process, after about a month of use the studies have shown that it actually makes the consultation more efficient, because narrowing down the appropriate choices is quicker and patient understanding is better facilitated. The patient can even get a printout of their anticipated result to take home and review!
The system has been clinically studied in several offices around the country prior to its release. Our office will be one of the first in Houston to get this new technology and I suspect that in a few short years it will be required for the offices of Plastic Surgeons practicing state of the art breast and body contouring surgery. In addition, i believe that the more discriminating,technology savvy patient will demand it, and seek out those practice locations for their breast augmentation surgery.
This new technology is one of several being incorporated into the practice in 2012. In addition to the 3D imager, we will also be rolling out the following: cellulaze Smartlipo laser for cellulite treatment, powerX power assisted liposuction machine, as well as many other exciting things at sukkar aesthetic plastic surgery.
I will be writing informative articles on all of these exciting events in the next few weeks. We will continue to try and educate our patients and separate what is hype from fact. If there are other topics that you would like to see discussed, contact us or call us at (281) 940-1535.
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