Do plastic surgeons use computer simulations? How would I go about finding one that did? (Photo)
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3D photography is powerful for educating patients and improving surgical outcomes
Aesthetic surgical treatments like facelifts, rhinoplasty, and breast augmentation help restore the well being of women. Lack of knowledge about the treatment options, and anticipation of the unknown can be a significant source of confusion, doubt, and anxiety. Patients typically seek information from physicians, friends, and other patients, and often fill in gaps in knowledge by searching the internet. Three-dimensional (3D) photography is a powerful tool, both for educating patients and improving surgical outcomes.
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How to Find a Plastic Surgeon Who Offers Breast Augmentation Imaging
I find computer imaging to be a nice educational tool. The images come very close to simulating the final result.
Choosing an implant size depends on objective measurements of the width of the breast and degree of skin laxity as well as soft-tissue coverage. This is likely to result in a durable result with a low risk of re-operation. The size determined by this method can then be placed in the computer.
It is not recommended to choose a size without careful matching to the invidual patient's anatomy.
Plastic surgeons and computer simulations
Computer simulations to help pick the perfect implant
Choosing a Breast Implant Size
In my own practice, I've found the Rice Test to be particularly useful because patients can do this at home and really get a sense of what a particular size will look like. The can compare photos of themselves in different sizes and different outfits. When patients decide their final volume, some will go to a shopping center or someplace with a lot of reflective windows to see their reflection.
The goal is for patients to see themselves objectively as if they were looking at someone else and can ask, "Do I like that look?"
You can do the Rice Test in addition to computer imaging and trying on implants in the office.
Click on the link below to find out how to do the Rice Test.
Do plastic surgeons use computer simulations? How would I go about finding one that did?
1. Concentrate on choosing your plastic surgeon carefully. Concentrate on appropriate training, certification, and the ability of the plastic surgeon to achieve the results you are looking for. Ask to see lots of examples of his/her work. Sometimes, it is necessary to seek several consultations before you feel comfortable about your choice.
2. Have a full discussion and communication regarding your desired goals with your plastic surgeon. This communication will be critical in determining breast implant size/type/profile will most likely help achieve your goals.
In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or "C or D cup” etc means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful.
Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on him who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate. Again, best not to discuss your goals and/or judge the outcome of the procedure performed based on achieving a specific cup size. Again, the use of computer imaging may be very helpful during the communication process.
3. Once you feel you have communicated your goals clearly, allow your plastic surgeon to use his/her years of experience/judgment to choose the breast implant size/profile that will best meet your goals. Again, in my practice, this decision is usually made during surgery. I generally select appropriate breast implant size/profile after the use of temporary intraoperative sizers and viewing the patient's chest in the upright and supine positions.
I hope this (and the attached link, dedicated to breast augmentation surgery concerns) helps. You will find an additional page, devoted to "African American Surgery” on the same website. Best wishes.
Breast sizing and the use of computer imaging
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