3D Breast Augmentation: Seeing is Believing

Cari Murray feels like a new woman--and in two ways she is.

Cari looked much different last year before she decided to have breast augmentation.

"I didn't want to be large,” Cari said. “Just something to make me look like I used to before I had children."

Her biggest concern was not being satisfied with the results--until a friend told her about 3D imaging.

"She looks fabulous, by far the best boobs I've ever seen,” Cari said with a laugh.

She went to Dr. William Adams who helped develop a 3D imaging technique that allows patients to see the after--before the surgery.

Cari showed us how it works.

The patient has her photo taken by cameras which are turned into 3D images—the pictures are loaded into a computer where Dr. Adams performs his consultations.

Cari’s 3D simulation can be seen from every angle to see what her implants of choice will look like.

Dr. Adams said the 3D images helps women see what they'll look like before surgery and helps boost customer satisfaction.

"I'd say 75% of people who come to our practice think they know what they want, once they go through our consultation, which obviously the 3D imaging is part of it, they change their mind," Dr. Adams said.

Which is good --re-do's can account for as much as half of a breast surgeons business because the patient isn't satisfied with the size, shape or feel.

"It's definitely a great thing for patients to have a scientific way, an accurate rendition of what they are going to look like and that does help avoid problems down the road," Dr. Adams said.

It did for Cari who said seeing 3D is believing.

"When I came in I wanted to be a small C with this and I walked away as a D with these,” Cari said with a laugh while pointing to breast implants on display.

The 3D imaging can also be used for nose reshaping—Cari’s nose could also be seen at every angle on the computer screen.

She's considering surgery.

For now, she's thrilled with her real before and after.

"They're perfect,” Cari said. “They're exactly what I wanted."




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