Most women have some degree of asymmetry in their breasts. An important aspect of any cosmetic or reconstructive procedure is addressing and hopefully correcting asymmetries.
We have now been “live” with 3D imaging for a week and one of the things that I have been most excited about is its ability to measure and compare breast volume. I have spent the past 12 years perfecting my skills at estimating breast volume and volume discrepancy between the breasts. In one week, my office staff (with the assistance of the computer) is now better than I am. Not quite, but you get the idea.
A few examples of the value of this tool:
1) A patient presents for breast augmentation but the degree of asymmetry is severe. The 3D imager will calculate her breast volume, breast dimensions and volume discrepancy between the breasts. We can accurately choose implants of different fill volumes and dimensions for each breast that will best correct this asymmetry. We can simulate the 3D image with these implants in place. This truly is a game changer.
2) A patient presents forbreast reduction. We can better calculate breast volume differences to help achieve postoperative symmetry.
3) A patient presents forbreast reconstruction for breast cancer. We can get dimension and volume analysis of the normal breast as a “template” for reconstruction. This can help guide with implant selection to choose the proper implant for an ideal reconstruction.
4) A patient desires breast augmentation but is not sure whether she would benefit from a mastopexy (breast lift). We can simulate the results with and without a lift. This can help the patient understand outcomes in a way that is impossible for me to express with words alone.