Montclair, NJ (PRWEB) September 17, 2008
According to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), nearly 12 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures were performed in 2007, a 7% increase from 2006. Breast augmentation led all cosmetic surgeries with 348,000 procedures performed.
With the increased demand for aesthetic procedures, it is the responsibility of the physician to establish realistic treatment goals and manage patient expectations. Unfortunately, the 2D digital software on the market today has not been sophisticated enough to view realistic images of our 3D body parts, making the process of accessing surgical outcomes and examining results difficult for both physicians and patients. Recently, things have changed with the introduction of the first ever 3D breast simulation technology, Breast Sculptor from Canfield Scientific Inc.
Dr. Allen D. Rosen , board certified plastic surgeon, spokesperson for the ASPS and Medical Director of The Plastic Surgery Group in Montclair, NJ, is among the first in the nation to use the prototype of the Breast Sculptor, a state of the art medical imaging system offering patients dynamic three-dimensional consultations for breast augmentation and reconstruction.
Rosen says, "Using a series of specialized camera lenses, strobes and the most sophisticated software, we can now capture images of the breasts and compare and measure changes in surface, volume and distance with a range of 360 degrees. The Breast Sculptor creates a 3D image of the patient's body and 3D models of saline and gel implants. It generates an infinite number of views which allows the patient to make an informed decision especially when considering breasts implants. This is very beneficial for patients who can now analyze realistic outcomes of aesthetic procedures pre-surgery."
The biggest "unknown" with breast surgery is determining the size of implant and hoping that they aren't going to be too big or not big enough. Just as all women come in different shapes and sizes so do implants. Today we can tailor implant selection to meet the individual needs of each patients in ways we have never been able to do before . The Breast Sculptor lets the patient and doctor "try on" the implants and see how they will look before surgery. I haven't seen anything this exciting in years. My patients can't wait to be imaged.
"Additionally," says Rosen, "Before these cutting edge imaging systems were available, we had no way to objectify results. Over the years, patients often based their choice of procedure and even physician on before and after pictures seen on television, in magazines and on medical websites. Good quality photos are essential part of a plastic surgery practice. Patients should still ask their surgeon to see before and after photos before any type of procedure is performed."
For more information regarding the Breast Sculptor contact The Plastic Surgery Group at 973-233-1933.