VECTRA 3D Imaging Aesthetic Simulation:
Dr. Dell Smith uses the advanced VECTRA 3D imaging system to provide our patients with the most complete education possible regarding their plastic surgery procedures. Using this system, we take a three-dimensional photograph of the patient prior to surgery. Then, using VECTRA’s software simulation tools, we can create 3D representations of how you could look after surgery. This allows you the opportunity to preview various surgical options and decide on the procedure that best suits your personal goals.
VECTRA 3D is used for all breast procedures at our office. The entire process takes only a few minutes, and you will have the opportunity to review the results during your initial consultation. At that time you can request alternative simulations to be sure you are comfortable with the recommended surgical plan.
What to Expect
Your VECTRA 3D simulation experience begins with a picture session in the doctor’s office. This creates the starting point for your aesthetic consultation.
Using special simulation software on your 3D picture, your doctor will show you the possible results of the aesthetic procedures you may choose to have. You will be able to experiment with different looks until you find the one you want.
Once you have decided on the appearance you want, this simulation will provide a basis for your surgical plan. Because you have already seen the result, you can be confident in the outcome of the procedure.
The VECTRA 3D Camera
The VECTRA 3D camera captures a three dimensional photograph of the subject. Using multiple cameras, it takes a number of pictures simultaneously from several different points of view. This is used to build a three dimensional virtual model of the subject.
Sculptor 3D Software
The three dimensional photograph is processed by Sculptor software to display the virtual model on a computer monitor. It can be rotated on the screen and viewed from almost any angle. The software then allows your doctor to apply simulation tools that change the size, shape and position of your breasts to achieve the desired appearance. Once you are satisfied with the result, your doctor will develop a surgical plan based on the changes you have made.
Will I be able to see what different implants are best for me?
Yes. You will be able to see how you would look with different size and types of implants. You will also be able to see the possible benefits of a breast lift in conjunction with the augmentation. Changes in body areas such as with liposuction and body contouring can be demonstrated.
How close will the simulated result be to the actual result?
Actual results will be very similar to the simulations. VECTRA simulations are based on the actual implants that your surgeon will use.
Will this software help Dr. Smith to see that my breasts are different sizes?
VECTRA software includes special tools to show the size and position of each breast. Breast “asymmetry” is very common, and VECTRA analysis helps your doctor develop a surgical plan which will compensate for it if necessary.
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
That is a decision you will make with your physician. VECTRA 3D can show you the possibilities of the procedure, but is not intended as a substitute for a medical consultation.
How much will my breast augmentation surgery cost?
That will depend on the type of procedure you choose, where it is performed and other factors. You should discuss costs with your doctor during the initial consultation.
Can Dr. Smith show me where the scars will be?
Dr. Smith will be prepared to discuss the possibility of scarring or any other effects from the surgery.