If you’re dissatisfied with the size, shape, or appearance of your breasts, then you’ve probably imagined many times how you would look with breast implants or a breast lift. One of the most challenging aspects of planning your breast enhancement can be visualizing a realistic image of what your breasts will look like after the surgery. It’s just not as simple as it seems to get a good idea of how you’ll look after surgery, which can make moving forward with cosmetic breast surgery a bit of a gamble.
With advances in virtual reality and 3D imaging, however, it’s become much easier for patients to see a preview of the final results and become confident in their decision to undergo breast enhancement. Dr. Erica Anderson offers patients an enhanced experience when planning breast augmentation or other breast enhancement surgeries using the advanced Crisalix 3D imaging system at the Naderi Center in Reston, VA, and Chevy Chase, MD.
What is the Crisalix 3D System?
The Crisalix 3D system is a state-of-the-art medical imaging system that is used in the planning stages of breast surgery at the Naderi Center. A 3D camera is used to capture images of the patient’s breasts and torso. These images can then be manipulated using data from implant manufacturers and other measurements to allow patients to get a customized look at what their results could be after surgery. Crisalix allows prospective patients to really experiment with different sizes and see what a difference larger or smaller implants or a few inches of lift could look like. It’s a revolutionary virtual reality system that allows doctors and patients to get on the same page and explore all of the options to really personalize the breast enhancement experience.
A Custom Experience—The Benefits of Crisalix
The biggest benefit to using the Crisalix system is that patients can see how different breast procedures would specifically affect their overall look. Imaging has been used in plastic surgery in the past, but it has never been so comprehensive, accurate, or adjustable. The ability to compare and contrast not only different implant sizes but also different brands and shapes has a huge impact on patient confidence and customization. Even patients who are looking for a breast lift or breast reduction instead of augmentation can get a custom preview of their results by adjusting the lift and amount of tissue and instantly seeing the difference.
Many patients, especially women who are interested in augmentation, don’t have a realistic idea of which size will look best on them. This is because the same cup size can look very different from woman to woman. For example, if you’re starting with a small cup size, you may think you want to get large implants, but they will look different depending on your height, weight, and frame. All of these factors go into what type of implants will look the most natural and attractive for you, but in the past it has always been difficult to get a good idea of which size will look best. Crisalix 3D has the benefit of showing patients how different implant sizes will look on their frame, allowing each patient to make the decision that’s best for their unique needs.
Crisalix also offers patients a secure online portal to store and view preview images. It’s confidential, and allows patients to explore the options on their own after the consultation if they need more time to make a decision.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Any woman who is considering breast enhancement procedures (breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction) should find a surgeon who offers Crisalix 3D imaging during the consultation process. There’s no downside to using this tool and it can help in the decision-making process, allowing the plastic surgeon to see exactly what the patient is looking for. While there are different requirements for candidacy depending on the procedure, all patients can benefit from using Crisalix in the planning process.
Your Breast Augmentation Consultation with Crisalix Imaging
Though it is possible to upload your own photos to the Crisalix website and get started that way, you’ll get a better, more customized experience by visiting the Naderi Center and meeting with Dr. Anderson for your Crisalix preview. First, Dr. Anderson will talk to you about your goals and health history to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure you’re considering. Next, she will perform a physical exam and take 3D photos of your breasts and torso. Once the images have been captured, you will get an opportunity to put on a virtual reality headset and see what you’ll look like with different sizes, shapes, projections, lift—whatever is most important to you! Looking around the virtual room, you’ll see your new breasts from all angles—a comprehensive view of what is possible after surgery.
The consultation is an ideal opportunity to get to know Dr. Anderson and ask questions about the procedure and your Crisalix images. You can also view the previews at home and look at different options yourself before you make a decision. Dr. Anderson knows how important a natural and custom look is for every woman, so be sure to use the preview and take your time before you make any decisions about your procedure.
Know what you would look like before surgery. See your new breasts right before your eyes. Come in for a consultation to see your ideal shape and size with Dr. Anderson.
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Do I have to make a decision at the consultation?
Absolutely not. There is an online platform offered by Crisalix that will allow you to view your preview images online on any device. Because of the sensitive nature of your preview photos, the portal is secure and password-protected.
Will my new breasts look exactly like the images once I’ve fully healed from surgery?
While Crisalix offers the most comprehensive imaging experience available, there is no way to ensure that the end results will look exactly like the preview. A skilled surgeon like Dr. Anderson should be able to get very close to the preview you choose, but it’s very important to keep in mind that some minor variation can be expected. You can maximize your chances for a good result by choosing an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon and by following pre- and post-operative instructions closely. Patients always need to have realistic expectations, but most breast enhancement patients are thrilled with their results.
Will I get to see lots of angles?
Yes, the 3D images used to create the Crisalix 3D virtual reality experience will allow you to see your torso and breasts from many different angles. It’s important to get an idea of how your breasts will look from different views, as you may like the front and top, but not the profile view, for example, and may want to tweak the preview before moving forward. The advantage of Crisalix 3D is that it’s custom and allows you to really feel comfortable with the process.
Can I compare different sizes during the imaging session?
That’s the beauty of the Crisalix system—you can compare and contrast different sizes in an instant. You can see if your frame looks better with 300 or 400 cc implants, a little more lift, or less projection. Crisalix even allows you to compare different implant brands, materials, and shapes. The number of options for women seeking breast enhancement can be very overwhelming, but Crisalix makes the process much easier.
Why do I need Crisalix? Can’t I just put bags of rice in my bra and see how different sizes look?
The advantage of Crisalix over manually stuffing your bra is that you can look at different options instantly and conveniently. Since the images are custom to your body, there’s no need to go through the hassle of weighing out amounts to see what different sizes look like. Plus, Crisalix is much more accurate, based on equations and manufacturer data. Overall, it’s a much quicker, easier, and more accurate method of previewing your results.
Do I need to see a plastic surgeon to use Crisalix?
Crisalix 3D does have a preview option on their website. You can upload three photos and get your own preview. However, you can get much more comprehensive images when you receive Crisalix during a consultation. Additionally, you’ll be able to ask an expert about the different options when you choose the in-office preview over the before-and-after you’ll receive online.
Can Crisalix imaging show me how my breasts will look after a breast reduction or breast lift?
Yes, though the Crisalix system is known for showing breast augmentation patients the different implant options, materials, projections, and sizes, this advanced imaging system can also give patients seeking other types of breast enhancement a comprehensive preview. Patients can see how they’ll look after the tissue has been lifted by a certain number of centimeters or reduced by different amounts.
Is using Crisalix the same as looking at before-and-after photos?
No. Before-and-after photos are great for initial research, but they can’t compete with a truly custom preview. Because women’s bodies vary so much, it’s difficult to get a realistic idea of what your results will be just by looking at the results other women have achieved. Crisalix allows you to see your own before-and-after photo—a much more accurate look at your anticipated results.
Can I see how my breasts will look in clothes?
Yes! The imaging software is extremely comprehensive, and it can show the breasts bare and clothed. You can choose from different attire, whether it’s a bra or a top. This can give you even more peace of mind overall as you’ll be able to see how different sizes look during everyday life.
Will the software show me the incision patterns?
No, the software just shows a preview of how your breasts will look after surgery. Rest assured that a skilled plastic surgeon will be able to hide most incisions, and any that can’t be hidden will be discussed during the planning process. There are many different techniques that are used in breast enhancement, and your surgeon will walk you through everything before you schedule your surgery.
Peace of Mind for Your Breast Augmentation
The best part about Crisalix 3D is the peace of mind you’ll get during the consultation process. It takes the guesswork out of planning the procedure and helps you select the perfect fit for your needs. Dr. Anderson will be able to look at the preview and use her expertise to deliver beautiful, natural results. Call the Naderi Center today in Reston, VA (703-481-0002) or Chevy Chase, MD (301-222-2020) today to schedule you breast consultation!