Breast Augmentation – Three Dimensionsal (3-D) Imaging
Dr. Kunkel was the first plastic surgeon in Tarrant County to use the Vectra XT system to help enhance patients’ understanding about breast augmentation and breast lift (mastopexy) surgery. This system has six cameras that simultaneously take photographs of the woman’s torso. The device software takes the data from the six photographs and creates a three dimensional image of the chest. This 3-d image may be rotated in all directions, allowing visualization of the torso from angles that are almost impossible to view even in a mirror.
Three Dimensional Imaging for Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift
Three companies (Mentor, Allergan, and Sientra) make breast implants that are available for use in the United States. The Vectra Breast Sculptor software contains information about almost every breast implant from these companies. Once an image of a woman’s breasts/chest is created using the Vectra system, it is possible to alter the 3-d image to show what she may look like with specific implants. 350 cc round silicone implants? A couple clicks of the mouse. Want to see shaped 375 cc silicone implants instead? A few more mouse clicks. Instead of placing implants inside a bra, or filling baggies with rice and trying that on, the Vectra three dimensional system gives a woman a reasonable idea of what she may look like with specific breast implants (saline or silicone, round or shaped). All of this is done in a way that allows her to see herself even from angles that are next to impossible to see in a mirror.
The 3-d imaging system has transformed the consultation process in Dr. Kunkel’s office. While the Vectra system does not show a woman exactly what she will look like, this system helps make the consultation process more complete. The patient and Dr. Kunkel are looking at the images and modifying them during this interactive session. The extended back-and-forth interaction between the woman and Dr. Kunkel, while viewing and altering the 3-d image according to what she wants to learn about and see, allows for a finely tailored approach in choosing which implants may provide her most ideal result. Dr. Kunkel does not decide for his patients, he decides with them.