Philadelphia, PA - Plastic surgeons say that breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures they perform, but for women it’s always been more or less a “guessing game” as to how their breasts would look after surgery. But now, board certified “Top Doc Philadelphia” plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Glat is offering sophisticated 3D breast imaging and virtual modeling with the “Vectra Breast Sculptor”, a new system that produces realistic previews of breast augmentation procedures, modeled on each woman’s actual body measurements.
Using a 3D image of the woman’s body and 3D models of saline and gel implants, the Vectra system eliminates the need to spend time reviewing photographs of other patients and stuffing bras to visualize results. The Vectra produces images based on each individual woman’s measurements and desired size of breast augmentation. Even though the resulting images are simulations, Dr. Glat can make simple adjustments to ensure the simulation matches what he considers the expected outcome to be.
The Breast Sculptor uses three steps to create a realistic-looking outcome:
First, “landmarks are placed on the patient’s 3D image. (The landmarks are used to provide key measurements used for implant selection and to help the software identify where the patient’s chest wall is located for purposes of creating the modeled outcome.)
Then, the doctor will select between saline or gel implants for the imaging.
The 3D images of the breasts showing their new contours are produced and reviewed by the doctor and patient. Images depicting the likely outcome can be viewed from any angle, and they can be superimposed over the woman’s pre-op images to show the differences. The images can also be viewed side-by-side. “The Breast Sculptor software can generate a custom report including pre-op photos, breast measurements and information on implant selection,” says Dr. Glat.
Although no simulation is 100% accurate, 3D imaging provides an amazing visual range of outcomes that show a woman the proportional range for her breast and body. “The images provide a realistic expectation of the post-op appearance of the breasts, and assists with the implant selection process,” says Dr. Glat.
‘The Vectra system provides the ability to select the implant brand, choose between gel or saline implants, profile, shell (smooth or textured), volume, and in the case of saline implants the amount of fill to be added,” says Dr. Glat. “Different implant parameters for each breast can be used to address breast asymmetry,” he says.
“All women exhibit some level of asymmetry,” says Dr. Glat. In some cases, the level of asymmetry is large enough that it should be addressed during the augmentation procedure. The Vectra system indicates asymmetry by showing the difference in volume between the two breasts. The physician can then make adjustments to the implant parameters, including volume and profile changes to address the asymmetry.
For more information call the office of Dr. Paul Glat at 866.472.6009 or visit www.drglat.com
Dr. Glat’s office is located in Bala Cynwyd, PA.