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Last year more than 300,000 women got implants – but choosing the right one can be tricky. Stephanie Cristobal had her picture taken with the Vectra system at Miami Plastic Surgery to get a better idea of what she'll look like after surgery. Dr. Michael Kelly explains how the system works.
When it comes to breast implants, size really matters.
“I wanted to look bigger but I don't want to be like falling over, and I didn't also want to see like you cant see change from what I had before, so I think my biggest issue was getting that right size without overdoing it,” Stephanie Cristobal said.
To see what she will look like after surgery, Cristobal had her picture taken with the Vectra system at Miami Plastic Surgery. Six cameras take simultaneous photos to create 3D images of the patient. The system also features before and after animation.
“And then we can literally try different implants from different manufacturers inside of that picture and show them how different size implants are going to look,” said Dr. Michael Kelly of Miami Plastic Surgery.
Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery in the country. Last year more than 300,000 women got implants.
But choosing the right one can be tricky.
“I never have patients who come back to me after surgery and say you made me too big – never see it,” Kelly said. “But I do see patients, especially at a year after surgery, who say you know what, I love my implants, I love the way I look, but if I had to do it all over again I'd go a little bit bigger. So I think this will help us in that process.”
The Vectra system also gives the surgeon useful information like the exact volume of each breast.
“So that helps us in planning because sometimes we need to use a bigger size implant on one side versus the other, so this is helpful for that,” Kelly said.
Overall, patients get a better idea of what to expect.
“I think it's insane how our technology is so highly advanced, and we're now finally able to see what we would look like after surgery, before the surgery,” Cristobal said.