Friday, March 15, 2013

Update: State-of-the-Art 3D Imaging Still Has A Way To Go

by Andrea L. Algar

Dr. Robert Young has always been in the forefront of technologies available to women who want to improve their self-image, their confidence, or their looks with breast enhancement surgery. Dr. Young has performed so many breast augmentation surgeries over the years that he is widely known as the "breast doctor" in San Antonio, Texas, where his office and Outpatient Surgery Center is located. 

Dr. Young recently added a service he thought his patients would like using brand new, state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology. After uploading a few photos, answering a few questions and selecting implant sizes you're interested in, 3D images would be made showing what the implants would look like on your own body. After using the system for several months, however, Dr. Young found that it doesn't quite deliver. The results were disappointing and he decided to discontinue use until the makers could work out the host of problems.

And this isn't the first attempt at utilizing this type of technology. Dr. Young has owned and used imaging software for well over 10 years which "morphs" patient photographs, projecting potential surgery outcomes by manipulating the photo in the office. As Dr. Young describes, "We prefer not to use the morphing techniques because actual outcomes can be quite different than those projected by computer." The computer cannot take into account unique body characteristics that a skilled surgeon knows how to handle and to what extent can or cannot be changed. "Computers cannot deal well with asymmetry or uneven breasts, tubular breasts, wide-spread breasts and other problems we as plastic surgeons are trying to correct for our patients," explains Dr. Young. "I like to rely on what my thirty years of experience have taught me."

The good news is that the methods that Dr. Young been using in his consultations with patients continues to work very well. Since Dr. Young has performed an estimated 8,000 breast augmentations, he has a large collection of before-after photographs which contain a wide variety of body types and breast implant sizes used. This is an excellent way for you to see the quality of his work and how saline or silicone breast implants may look on you.

Dr. Young uses a variety of breast implants including saline and silicone gel implants, in many different sizes, styles and projection heights in order to create the look you desire. There are many different surgical methods available to you as well. Dr. Young is happy to discuss endoscopic, minimal incision methods that leave the smallest scars possible and help you return to your everyday life as quickly as possible. He can address questions about awake surgery, TUBA incisions, adjustable implants, fat injections and many of the more recent trends in breast augmentation surgery.

REFERENCES: - Dr. Robert N. Young, MD, FACS, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Robert N. Young, founder of Aesthetic Enhancement Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 30 years experience. He has been trained and has extensive experience both as a reconstructive plastic surgeon and a cosmetic plastic surgeon. He has become known as the breast doctor of San Antonio. His San Antonio practice includes a fully accredited outpatient Surgery Center staffed with qualified Registered Nurses, Anesthesiologists and surgical technicians. As a leading plastic surgeon in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Young is a member of the following professional organizations:

- ABPS Diplomate - Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
- Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
- Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- Member, Texas Medical Society (TMS)
- Member, San Antonio International Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (SAISPRS)
- Bexar County Medical Society (BCMS)
- Accreditation by the American Association for Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF)