VECTRA 3D Imaging
Have you ever wondered how you might look after a breast augmentation, body contouring procedure, nose job (rhinoplasty), chin augmentation, or other cosmetic surgery?
At the Lucas Center Plastic Surgery Knoxville, TN, we can show you the results of your surgery before it even happens!
Board-certified plastic surgeon Jay H. Lucas, M.D. and his staff have been using the VECTRA 3D imaging system to help patients envision their new selves since 2013. It is most useful when considering surgery on the breasts, chin, nose, face, and occasionally the abdomen. With this high resolution imaging system, we take a three dimensional photograph of the body area you wish to enhance.
Then, using the VECTRA software simulation tool, we create 3D representations of how you could look after surgery. The whole process takes only a few minutes, and the images are available right away. We can run multiple simulations, under multiple scenarios, allowing you to see many options available for the surgery you have chosen. The images can be rotated to see yourself from multiple angles, and we can overlay translucent before and after photos so you can easily see the difference surgery can make.
Comparing the photos is helpful with VECTRA 3D, for example, to decide upon the size and type of breast implants, to understand the shape of your nose, or to determine the appropriate size of chin implants and degree of chin projection. The images produced by VECTRA are quite an accurate representation of your post-surgery results. And, it can be great fun to see various versions of yourself and then pick the one you like best!
What to Expect
Your VECTRA 3D simulation experience begins with a picture session in our office. This creates the starting point for your consultation.
Using special simulation software on your 3D picture, Dr. Lucas will show you the possible results of the cosmetic procedures you may choose to have. You can experiment with different looks until you find the one you want.
Once you have decided on the appearance you want, the simulation will provide a basis for your surgical plan. Because you have already seen the result, you can be confident in the outcome of the procedure!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How close will the simulated result be to the actual result?
Actual results will be very similar to the simulations. The images produced by VECTRA not only help you envision yourself post-surgery, but also provide Dr. Lucas with detailed information with which to formulate a surgical plan.
In the case of implant surgery – breast, chin, or other – will I be able to see which implants are best for me?
Yes. You will be able to see how you would look with different sizes and types of implants. You will also be able to see the possible benefits of other shaping techniques in conjunction with the implants.
Will the software show if my breasts are different sizes?
VECTRA software includes special tools to show the size and position of each breast. Breast “asymmetry” is very common, and VECTRA analysis helps us develop a surgical plan which will compensate for it if necessary.
Am I a good candidate for cosmetic surgery?
That is a decision you will make with Dr. Lucas. VECTRA 3D can show you the possibilities of the procedure, but is not intended as a substitute for a medical consultation.
How much will my cosmetic surgery cost?
That will depend on the type of procedure you choose, where it is performed and other factors. You can discuss costs with our team during your initial consultation.
Can you show me where the scars will be?
Dr. Lucas will discuss the possibility of scarring or any other effects from the surgery.
About the Technology
VECTRA 3D Simulation Technology
VECTRA 3D simulation technology used by The Lucas Center was developed by Canfield Imaging Systems, a division of Canfield Scientific, the leading provider of clinical imaging systems. Canfield specializes in photographic applications for aesthetic medicine, and their products are used in patient consultations by thousands of practitioners worldwide.
The VECTRA 3D Camera
The VECTRA 3D camera captures a three dimensional photograph of the subject. Using multiple cameras, it takes a number of pictures simultaneously from several different points of view. This is used to build a three dimensional virtual model of the subject.
Sculptor 3D Software
The three dimensional photograph is processed by Sculptor software (VECTRA 3D) to display the virtual model on a computer monitor. It can be rotated on the screen and viewed from almost any angle. The software then allows us to apply simulation tools that change the size, shape and position of your tissue to achieve the desired appearance. Once you are satisfied with the result, Dr. Lucas will develop a surgical plan based on the changes you have made.
If you are considering breast augmentation or enhancement, body contouring, rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, or other cosmetic surgery in Knoxville, TN and would like more information, please contact The Lucas Center for a personalized consultation by calling 865-218-6210.