If I had to pick one device that has the greatest benefit to the practice and the patient, it would definitely be VECTRA® 3D. It helps my reconstruction patients move forward when they see that I will be able to restore their breasts. You can literally see their faces change from despair to hope.
Dr. Kristina O'Shaughnessy is a plastic surgeon specializing in breast and body reconstruction. She first developed an interest in 3D imaging during her residency at Northwestern University while involved in some early research on facial aesthetics. A fellowship under Dr. Pat Maxwell brought further experience with the technology, which continued after joining his practice in 2010. "I have always had a 3D device in my practice" she remarks, "and I really don't know how I would do a breast consultation without it."
While reconstructive procedures comprise most of Dr. O'Shaughnessy's work, she has found VECTRA 3D to be an effective consultation tool in other areas of practice as well. "Since we acquired the VECTRA in 2012 I've been using the system for facial consultation and body contouring, and I've watched my conversion rates improve consistently. Patients are impressed with the technology and they love the idea of bringing home a picture to help describe the consult or surgical plan. It instills the clarity and confidence that is so necessary for the patient to move forward. And you can tell that it really seals the deal for them."
Dr. Kristina Dare O'Shaughnessy received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Florida. She then completed seven years of surgical training in the Integrated Plastic Surgery Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, and an additional year of specialty training in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Maxwell in Nashville, TN. Dr. O'Shaughnessy has authored numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters across a wide spectrum of plastic surgery topics, with an emphasis on wound healing, nerve repair and breast reconstruction.