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VECTRA® 3D Imaging and Simulation in Grand Rapids, Michigan

If you're considering breast augmentation in Michigan, you might first be concerned with the safety or cost of your procedure. Once you resolve those concerns, if you're like most patients of Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brad Bengtson, you will spend a lot of time thinking about results. At the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, many breast augmentation patients say, "I don't want to be too big, but I want to make it worth my while." But how can you know beforehand exactly what size is right for you? Viewing before and after photos or stuffing implants into your bra simply cannot compare to the realistic images you will see of your potential post-surgery results with the VECTRA® 3D Imaging and Simulation System we use in our Grand Rapids practice.

The newly updated VECTRA® 3D Imaging and Simulation System is the most sophisticated education and planning tool available for helping you understand your surgery as well as see the range of results you can achieve. The VECTRA® 3D Imaging and Simulation System, offered by Dr. Bengtson in Grand Rapids, Michigan, better illustrates your individualized potential outcome. Although no single method or simulation is 100% accurate, the VECTRA® 3D Imaging and Simulation Breast Imaging System gives our Grand Rapids patients an amazing 3D visual image range of outcomes proportional for your breast and body, while providing a realistic expectation of your breast appearance. With VECTRA® 3D Breast Imaging, you can now visualize your afters before surgery!

*Result may vary from person to person.

Dr. Bengtson and his colleague Dr. Caroline Glicksman have developed a new standardization of bra cup sizing, which they are incorporating into the VECTRA® 3D system. That means that you can now speak the same "bra cup language" as your plastic surgeon!

VECTRA® 3D Imaging can also be very useful for visualizing mastopexy breast lift results and for navigating facial plastic surgery, particularly rhinoplasty. Canfield Scientific, the company that develops and manufactures VECTRA® 3D, will soon have applications for facial volumizing and body contouring.

What is 3D Breast Imaging and Simulation?

Using VECTRA® 3D Imaging and Simulation during a consultation at our Grand Rapids practice allows for a detailed surgical education and planning by providing you with visual answers to your questions and setting reasonable expectations about your potential range of results. The VECTRA® 3D Imaging session begins by capturing a 270-degree image of the area you want to discuss and enhance. The VECTRA® 3D system will then record precise measurements and details of your individual anatomy and develop an accurate virtual image. Simple graphical tools clearly model potential surgical results.

Imaging uses a 3D photo of your breast and body, enabling Dr. Bengtson to simulate different implant sizes and shapes to help you visualize how you may look should you elect a breast augmentation procedure. It also allows you to view, side by side, your before and after photos for easy comparison in many views and positions.

Why might I choose 3D Breast Imaging and Simulation?

See your afters ... before! Dr. Bengtson is the first and only plastic surgery practice in West Michigan to offer this amazing VECTRA® 3D Imaging and Simulation system to his Grand Rapids patients. The unit takes a 3-dimensional photograph that can then be visualized and used to simulate your actual range of results following surgery-before your procedure. The powerful before and after images allow you and Dr. Bengtson to make important decisions regarding your treatment plan without basing your decision on someone else’s breast or body images.

Is VECTRA® 3D Imaging and Simulation really that good?

Breast surgery is highly individualized, and it is often difficult to explain or express your specific goals. Looking at other patients’ results is inaccurate because the main contribution to your outcome is your own unique breast shape and volume. Bra stuffing does not give an accurate appraisal and will overestimate your result. In order to better illustrate potential outcomes that may be achieved, we offer highly advanced VECTRA® 3D breast imaging and simulation in our Grand Rapids office.

Although there is no method or simulation that will allow you to experience exactly what your breasts will look like post operatively, VECTRA® 3D Breast Imaging gives you a highly accurate visual image for the range of outcomes that may be achieved for your body. VECTRA® 3D Breast Imaging provides a realistic 3-dimensional view of your breasts, helping visually with the implant selection process. The system also works well for helping patients view potential results from their mastopexy breast lifting and fat grafting procedures.

Do all plastic surgeons offer 3D breast imaging and simulation?

No, the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery practice in West Michigan where you can experience this True Vectra 3-D Imaging revolutionary technology to see what you may look like following your breast enhancement surgery...even before having surgery!

Will the results of 3D breast imaging and simulation be the same as my surgical outcomes?

VECTRA® 3D Imaging and Simulation System gives our Grand Rapids patients a range and an approximation of what they may look like after surgery, but it is not an absolute. Your results take into account not only the breast implant size and shape that will be placed, but also your own natural tissues, the density and firmness of this tissue, sagginess of the breast, and other anatomical features that simulation cannot duplicate entirely. However, we are finding the VECTRA® 3D Imaging and Simulation results very accurate and a great visual aid for our Michigan patients.

Is there an added cost for 3D breast imaging and simulation?

Currently we do not charge additionally for VECTRA® 3D Imaging and Simulation System at our Grand Rapids practice. We believe this technology is an important part of your education.

Is 3D imaging required at your Michigan practice?

3D imaging is not a required part of your consultation or surgery at our Michigan practice; however, we do incorporate it into our method of implant selection.

Brad Bengtson Brad Bengtson

Brad Bengtson, MD, FACS

  • Voted "Best Plastic Surgeon - Grand Rapids" Grand Rapids Magazine for the past 7 consecutive years.
  • Elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 1996 to 2016.
  • Sought-after Global Speaker and Educator on all aspects of Plastic Surgery.

Research and Innovation

Dr. Brad Bengtson is recognized as one of the leading clinical investigators in the United States with the Natrelle 410 Silicone "Gummy Bear" gel breast implants prior to approval and thus has one of the largest experiences in North America. To learn if you are a good candidate for the 410 Silicone "Gummy Bear" implant, call our office. In general you need to meet these criteria:

  • Be a female 22 years of age or older
  • Have a condition appropriate for breast augmentation, reconstruction, or revision
  • Have adequate tissue available to cover the implant(s)
  • Be willing to sign the Informed Consent document, which gives you information about your breast implants and confirms your commitment to follow study requirements and acceptance of the potential risks involved

Here are a few more reasons to consider Dr. Bengtson for your breast augmentation surgery in Grand Rapids, Michigan:

  • Dr. Bengtson has nationally supported research regarding High-Resolution Ultrasound Imaging and gel breast implants, following patients and identifying ruptured breast implant shells requiring replacement.
  • Dr. Bengtson has performed many studies regarding the VECTRA® 3-D Imaging and Simulation, which allows patients to see results prior to surgery.
  • Dr. Bengtson is one of the global leaders of Acellular Dermal Matrix such as AlloDerm® and Strattice for breast augmentation revisional surgery that may or may not be recommended to increase the longevity of your result.
  • Dr. Bengtson is also one of the global leaders in using SERI Surgical Scaffold in breast revision surgery or in patients having surgery for the first time that are undergoing a breast reduction surgery or combined augmentation and lifting that require additional support. Contact the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery to see if you would qualify to be a part of this new clinical study of this FDA- approved product.
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