I have found VECTRA® 3D to be a valuable consultation tool for breast augmentation as well as reconstruction. Where patients would benefit from a mastopexy, there is no better way of showing them the expected result. And it's essential to a discussion about asymmetry, which we find to some degree in almost every patient.
At his plastic surgery practice in Vancouver, Dr. Allen Gabriel specializes in breast and body procedures. These include cosmetic, reconstructive, surgical and non-surgical procedures, and for each he has found value in the VECTRA 3D system. "Patients looking for breast augmentation typically come in with a size in mind, and the first thing I do is use VECTRA to show them how this would look. We sometimes find that this will not result in the optimal outcome, and this allows a productive discussion toward a more realistic aesthetic goal."
He has found VECTRA to be particularly useful with patients who are candidates for mastopexy, as he is now able to show them how this procedure can be combined with appropriate implants. This also gives the patient the opportunity to consider the scarring that would result, which could affect their decision on how to proceed. This extra level of education helps Dr. Gabriel assure that his patients are informed about, consent to, and are satisfied with the procedures.
Dr. Gabriel is a board certified plastic surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Honors in 1996, and went on to obtain his M.D. from the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine in 2001. Since 1995, he has authored more than three dozen abstracts and chapters in peer-reviewed publications. He practices in Vancouver, WA.