CT scans and MRI have revolutionized the technology of imaging the inside of patients. These tools allow us to look inside the person to see their anatomy in special ways. But what about how we see the outside of the body?
The traditional approach has been photography. This still is important but standard photography is 2 dimensional and even with several images from several angles it is not the same as how we see ourselves in person or in the mirror.
This was a real frustration for me and for patients when we were trying to agree on what we saw as the starting point. Moreover, it was even more difficult to try and describe or picture the result of the proposed operation.
Now there is the Vectra 3-Dimensional imaging and planning system.
I was so impressed by this technology at the 2008 national plastic surgery meeting that I bought it and when it was installed in our office in February 2009, it was the first installation of its generation in the country. In the following year, it has made the analysis of facial surgery and breast surgery dramatically better.
Vectra for Breast surgery
While good for all breast surgery, Vectra is especially good for breast augmentation. The computer takes the 6 simultaneous photos and creates a 3 dimensional image that can be turned left and right and viewed from above and below. The computer has information about implant dimensions and can create an estimate of what the appearance will be after breast augmentation.
The before and the estimated outcome images can be viewed side by side, and turned at the same time, to get a good idea of the new you. It can even superimpose a “ghost image” of the outcome over the starting image to get a great idea of the change in shape and in volume.
Vectra for Nasal Surgery / Rhinoplasty
Another traditionally difficult surgery to plan and estimate the results is nose surgery. Humps, bulky tips, wide noses, etc need to be seen from many directions to get an idea of whet needs to be changed.
Vectra’s 6 cameras can do this and allow the entire face to be seen from various angles and turned as well. The computer is programmed to adjust the entire nose when parts of it are changed and the before and estimated results can be seen side by side.