Breast Implants in 3D: New Technology Offers Preview of How They Look Under Clothes

Princess 19 on 24 Aug 2011 at 9:00am

We all wish we had a crystal ball, especially when it comes to body modification.  What you want to look like vs. what you end up looking like don't always match.  Researchers from two Swiss universities have developed a simulation program that allows you to see yourself with new boobs - and what they'll look like under clothes.

This isn't the first 3D imaging system for plastic surgery.  But with this program, called e-Stetix,  not only can a woman see her new "assets" naked, but she can see how the girls look in different outfits.  That's right, ladies.  You can imagine yourself with as much or as little cleavage as you want in that red tank or hot bikini.  Although, the clothing choices seem to be limited to various states of "going out" or "club wear," you'll apparently get the gist.  Perhaps Denise Richards could have used this technology beforehand, as she had three augmentations because she clearly was never happy the first two times.

e-Stetix breast implant simulation

breast implant before and after photosWe found other sites that essentially do the same thing - albeit not as scientific with the backig of two universities.  One was loveyourlook and the other inamodel (from Canada).  

Now, any program is not going to be 110% reliable.  Nothing is.  Having a heathy conversation with friends and your doctor are probably just as important as seeing what your future "self" will be in picture.  According to California-based general and plastic surgeron Dr. Joseph Mele, "Choosing the correct size for your breast augmentation is perhaps the most difficult part about the procedure."  So, think wisely.

If you want to attempt to utilize this technology at home, information is found on the software's marketing site called sublimma.  If not, you can watch the relatively entertaining video below.

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Comments (4)

This is excellent! Do they allow you to preview autoimmune diseases and heart failure too? You know, in case you want to see how nice your chest looks while you are chronically ill and bedridden from the platinum and silica skating through your lymphatic system. Then one day, you might even be lucky enough to enjoy another medical device -- a pace-maker. Brilliant! What will they think of next. I wish I would have had the health preview, I would have skipped the implants and saved myself a decade of chronic illness until... you guessed it, the implants and cancer primed scar capsules were removed!

It is awesome what technology is doing these days!


Brilliant.. this is very informative. I just want to add this another information about Breast augmentation.

Breast augmentation enhances the breast volume to achieve greater size, better shape, and increased fullness of the breast, or better proportions of the figure. A saline or silicone implant is placed behind the breast or the underlying chest wall muscle, enlarging the appearance of your natural breasts. It is done on an outpatient basis in an ambulatory surgery center, usually under general anesthesia. There is a variety of options for the location of the incision. The incision can be made in the fold under the breast (infra-mammary), around the nipple (peri-areolar), or under the arm (trans-axillary, with endoscopic assist), and is kept as short and as inconspicuous as possible. The implant can be inserted either under the breast tissue ("sub-glandular"), or partially under the pectoral muscle ("sub-pectoral" or "sub-muscular"). When the implant is placed in a sub-muscular position (under the breast tissue and the pectoral muscle), there is a lower chance of capsular contracture (shrinkage of the tissue capsule surrounding the implant, causing the implant and breast to feel unnaturally firm), and mammography may be more reliable. There is also less risk of visible or palpable implant edges. Once the desired pocket has been created, a temporary "sizer" implant is placed, in order to determine the proper shape and volume (size) of the final implant. Then, the final implant is chosen, inserted, and properly positioned within the pocket, and carefully checked to insure that your breasts have the shape and size you anticipated pre-operatively. The incisions are then carefully closed with multiple layers of hidden sutures and surgical tape. A supportive wrap will be placed around the chest area after surgery. No surgical drains are placed.
After the procedure, the majority of patients are up and around in 24 to 48 hours, and return to work within 4 days. The full recovery period is specific to each individual as well as to the level of activity required with her daily functions. Within your one-week post operation visit, your gauge dressings will be removed and you will then wear a surgical bra (jog bra). The sutures are dissolvable, so no suture removal is required. Vigorous exercise such as jogging or aerobics may be resumed at in 4 weeks.

This is Erica Anderson, and I’m a newbie here from United States. As a board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastics Surgeons, I am really committed to bring you the details and emphasis of patient care on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

My clinical interests are aesthetic breast surgery, breast reconstruction, and body contouring. I understand that plastic surgery is a personal choice and you may have some questions.

Yours in beauty,
Erica Anderson

Pretty cool! I wish more of the outfits worked on their preview site... But it was cool to see the difference between what the "implanted" model looked like naked vs. with shirts on. Amazing how 'not that big" naked can look pretty full under a top.