Every woman considering breast augmentation shares the same concern: How do I choose an implant that’s the right size for me? Will the implant Dr. Teitelbaum suggests create the look I desire?
While Dr. Teitelbaum has a patent for a device that determines the best implant size to meet a patient’s request, it’s understandable that you will want to get some sense of how different options will look on you. It’s for this reason that Dr. Teitelbaum uses a state of the art digital breast imaging system: the Vectra 3D XT System.
Dr. Teitelbaum has been a long time leader in 3D breast simulation, acting as a consultant on a series of devices, including Axis 3 and Precision light, now culminating in Vectra. He has the largest experience in the world using 3D imaging with shaped breast implants.
After taking multiple simultaneous digital images of the breasts, the software creates a detailed 3D image of your breasts. It makes careful measurements between key landmarks and quantifies differences in the shape and size of your two breasts. This will help draw Dr. Teitelbaum’s attention to problem areas he needs to take into consideration.
Most exciting is that the sophisticated computer algorithms can simulate the result that any of the hundreds of available implant shapes and sizes would create in you. You can compare size, profile, and shape. What will a teardrop highly cohesive implant look like? What about the softest round gel? It can do this and everything in between.
Of course it can also simulate various sizes. How would one size bigger or smaller look?
It is important to know that this is a tool. No computer is yet capable of considering all the variables. But you will get some sense of the shape a particular implant will create, and the proportion of that size relative to your body.
Imaging should not be used as a method to pick a size. Measurements and patient request determine the size, and Vectra is used for you to visualize that result and perhaps decide between small differences in shape and size.
When breasts are only a little droopy, the newest software is able to simulate a lift, though it does not work if your breasts are so droopy that a camera cannot see all the way underneath them to capture the image.
Of course, like any simulation, Vectra is not perfect, but it gives an excellent approximation. Sometimes that approximation is spot on, and other times it is not. But Dr. Teitelbaum has found it to be far and away the most helpful forecasting tool available—and his patients agree. Many say that the digital imaging played a big role in giving them confidence that their implant choice will give them the result they desire.
For information about Vectra 3 imaging or to schedule a breast augmentation consultation, contact the office of board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Teitelbaum at 310-315-1121.
Dr. Teitelbaum lecturing February 2015 in Paris on new developments in 3D breast imaging.
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