The process starts with the The VECTRA XT 3D Camera taking a three dimensional photograph using multiple cameras positioned for different views, all shooting at once. It only takes a couple of minutes to take the photos.
Using special simulation software on the computer, you can be shown the possible results of your surgery with different size implants. Dr Cope usually makes recommendations depending on your body size, shape and wishes.
You will be able to experiment with different looks until you find the one you want – you can see your before photo next to your predicted after photo with two different size implants, making comparisons easy.
Once you have decided on the appearance you want, this simulation will provide a basis for your surgical plan. The VECTRA imaging makes the decision about size and expected result more reliable, because you have already seen the result, and you can be confident in the outcome of the surgery.
In a recent article (Oct 2013) of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal (Plast. Reconstr. Surg.132: 810, 2013.), the main Plastic Surgery Journal worldwide, the 3D imaging VECTRA machine was found to be beneficial for patients considering breast augmentation surgery.
The article concluded that patients prefer a center that offers three-dimensional imaging technology; they feel that the simulation is very accurate and helps them greatly in choosing the implant; and that if they could go back in time, they would choose the same implant again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Male breast reduction (correction gynaecomastia) will improve the contour of your chest by reducing prominent breast tissue, allowing you to wear the clothing you desire and to participate in activities such as swimming normally.
Male breast reduction (correction gynaecomastia) can be performed at any age after puberty, whenever you have prominent breast tissue that is bothering you
Male breast reduction (correction gynaecomastia) removes fat, glandular tissue, and sometimes skin from the breasts, making the chest contour flatter.
A male breast reduction (correction gynaecomastia) is usually permanent if your weight is stable. Your breasts are made up of hormonal breast tissue and fat, and changes in either of these can change the size of your breasts. Even if your weight is stable then hormonal changes can occasionally cause your breasts to enlarge again, possibly requiring another operation.
Most patients who have male breast reduction (correction gynaecomastia) only have a scar around the lower half of the areola. Some patients with very fatty breasts can have the breast reduced by liposuction alone, leaving one 2 small (5mm) scars in the crease below the breast – however, this often does not reduce the breast as well as excising the breast tissue – for the best improvement in contour you need to accept larger scars. Patients with large and very droopy breasts (where skin needs to be excised as well as the fat and breast tissue) need larger scars on the chest wall.
Liposuction (with only two 5mm scars per breast) can be used to reduce your breasts, with the risk of having slightly droopier breasts afterwards, but a large reduction is not possible just with liposuction.
There is a Medicare rebate for reduction where breast tissue is excised (but not for liposuction alone), which means that if you are insured your health fund may cover the hospital bed fee and theatre fee costs (depending on your level of insurance)
Male breast reduction (correction gynaecomastia) is performed as a day-surgery or overnight stay procedure in an accredited hospital, depending on what you are like with anaesthetic recovery. Occasionally if the amount of breast tissue is very small then the operation can be performed under local anaesthetic in the office.
It is normal for scars to be red, lumpy and obvious for 6-8 weeks after surgery. After this they gradually fade, with most people’s scars being white by one year, although uncommonly this process can take 2 or more years. The simplest way to help this process is to keep tape such as Micropore tape on the scars for the first 3 months or so, but an alternative to this is to massage the scars. Most correction of gynaecomastia scars are hard to see once they fade.
During the first week after surgery you need to rest and take things quietly at home. When you go home there will be waterproof dressings covering your breasts, which normally stay on for one week, allowing you to shower normally. You should wear your compression garment the whole time, which needs to be worn for at least two weeks after the surgery. Most people feel well enough to drive to the postoperative visit, which is usually 5-7 days later, and most people return to office work 10 days after male breast reduction (correction gynaecomastia).
For most people it is 2-3 weeks until they are ready to return to sport and full activities