No one can predict the future. Still, if you’re considering a breast augmentation in St. Louis or elsewhere, it would be good to have some idea of how the procedure will turn out for you.
Women have long looked to before-and-after photos of other patients to get some idea of what breast implants could do for them. While every body is different, seeing a patient prior to and then post breast augmentation surgery can provide a glimpse of what the future may hold, especially if the pictures focus on a woman with a similar body type receiving the same type and size of breast implants being considered.
West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University offers another option, too, for women seeking breast augmentation in St. Louis. Known as the VECTRA® 3-D imaging system, it essentially creates a set of before-and-after images for the patient considering breast implants, using modern technology to manipulate current photos to show what could be, depending on the implants chosen.
This can be a helpful tool, especially considering breast augmentation’s place in this country. Despite a very slight dip from 2013 to 2014, breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. Doctors performed 286,254 breast augmentation surgeries in 2014, according to a survey recently released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That represented a 1 percent reduction in the total number of such surgeries from the year before, but breast augmentation still beat out the next most popular procedure, nose reshaping, by almost 70,000 surgeries. (The other procedures rounding out the top five list were liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelift, all of which are available along with breast augmentation at St. Louis’ West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University.)
Breast augmentation will likely continue to top the list as long as women seek out and remain satisfied with their procedure of choice. The VECTRA® 3-D imaging system can aid in that satisfaction by allowing patients a chance to visualize what their post-surgical results may be, helping them to decide on a breast implant size that works best for the look they’re hoping to achieve.
Specifically, the system works by creating an image of the patient, built from photos taken from a variety of angles. The doctor can then show what implants of various sizes would look like after breast augmentation surgery, altering the image to increase the size of the chest a specific amount. Patients can see their own enhanced figures from various perspectives, as well as compare their own “before and after” images side by side.
This digital peek at the future can help with overall patient satisfaction and give each candidate for breast augmentation in St. Louis a better idea of what she can expect. Note that the VECTRA® 3-D imaging system doesn’t replace the traditional before-and-after photos, but adds another element to the consultation process. In fact, the West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University doctors encourage women considering breast implants in St. Louis to bring in photos they find themselves, depicting results they like on other women, as well as results they don’t like. This can give the surgeons more of an idea as to what a specific patient’s expectations are — both positive and negative — and can help ensure that those expectations are realistic ones.
As much as lottery-ticket buyers and sports enthusiasts would like the truth to be otherwise, no one can truly predict the future. But when it comes to breast implants, it is possible to get a pretty solid glimpse of what’s in store for women who do their homework and choose an experienced doctor who cares about health, safety, beauty, and satisfaction.
Learn more about breast augmentation in St. Louis by contacting the doctors and team at West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University. To speak to someone or set up a consultation for breast implants or a variety of other available procedures, call (314) 996-8800.