Destin, Florida-February 22, 2010 – Dr. William Burden and Dr. Scott Ennis, plastic surgeons at Destin Plastic Surgery, rave about the 3-D system they now use to simulate surgery on prospective clients. Recent advances in 3 dimensional (3-D) photography, combined with revolutionary new software, allow prospective patients to preview what they may look like as the result of breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and facelift procedures, well in advance of any surgery. Men and women visiting or Destin practice from Pensacola, Panama City, and beyond can now benefit from this powerful new software.
How Does VECTRA 3-D Work?
The process starts with a VECTRA 3-D session, which produces a 3-dimensional photograph of the face or body with 12 different digital cameras at once, with a resolution of 36 megapixels. Then, using Sculptor™ software, the surgeon is able to simulate the expected results of breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and facial contouring.
“This 3-D system has a clever interface that constructs a realistic, modifiable image that can be sculpted in the same way that cosmetic surgery would sculpt a nose or a breast. Within minutes, we can see possible surgical results. In this scenario, a picture is truly worth a thousand words,” explains Dr. Burden. On a computer screen, the patient sees side-by-side pictures, an untouched version and a surgery simulation.
What Are the Benefits of VECTRA 3-D?
Digital 3-D imaging has emerged as the state-of-the-art modern method to help cosmetic surgeons and patients visualize outcomes. The old days of red-and-blue-tinted glasses are gone, and the newest version of 3-D uses sophisticated computers to create lifelike images. Patients are often surprised to find the same technology used in films like James Cameron’s Avatar in their plastic surgeon’s office.
“The 3-D simulator helps me to communicate visually and set the patient’s expectations. When they are realistic about what can be achieved, they are much more at ease with surgery,” says Dr. Ennis. “Specifically with our breast augmentation patients, they can compare many different size implants and see what the potential outcome would look like for them. It creates a shared vision between patient and surgeon.”
How Does VECTRA 3-D Help Rhinoplasty Patients?
For Destin patients considering rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, the VECTRA 3-D machine eliminates some of the uncertainty for both the patient and surgeon.
“With rhinoplasty, small changes can quite effectively enhance a patient’s authentic beauty while at the same time preserve ethnic identity,” said Dr. Burden. “VECTRA 3-D allows me to show this visually to the patient prior to the surgery so they can see how natural the results will be.”
“No longer do potential patients simply have to take the surgeons word for face value as to what they envision will be an appropriate change,” reiterated Dr. Burden. “They can see it in their own image.”
What Is the Future of 3-D Imaging?
Dr. Burden envisions more 3-dimensional surgery applications in the future. “Cosmetic surgeons already think in 3 dimensions, and we now have the ability to show this vision to patients more clearly with this system.”
“It has become an essential component of my consultation,” Dr. Ennis said. “The VECTRA 3-D allows me to perform ‘virtual surgery’ with the patient as an active participant.”
VECTRA 3-D is now available worldwide. A consultation for breast augmentation or rhinoplasty including 3-D imaging and sculpting simulation takes about 45 minutes, with no additional consultation fee.
Both the VECTRA 3-D camera and Sculptor software which make this possible were developed by Canfield Imaging Systems of Fairfield, NJ, the world’s leading provider of medical photography systems.
If you would like to learn more about using VECTRA 3-D in your breast augmentation, facelift, or rhinoplasty consultation here in Destin, please contact us online or call (850) 654-1194. We happily serve patients traveling from the Pensacola and Panama City areas.