Love Your Upcoming Look With Vectra 3D

Thinking about going under the knife? You’re not alone.

Hundreds of people opt to undergo popular surgeries like tummy tucks and breast augmentations each day. However, though there are 15 million different procedures completed in the US each year, you may still wonder how a procedure might look on you.

While it can help to have a doctor present photos of someone else’s surgery, what about yours? Each person’s body has shapes, pigments, and contours unique to themselves. Even after a face-to-face consultation, many find a typical 2D “preview” of a look isn’t enough to clear the fog of prospective surgery.

This is why one of the most frequently asked questions in our office is simply “what will I look like after my surgery?”

Patients like you want to know their outcomes before surgery, not after. While there’s no absolute way to project the future, new technology has made this more possible than ever. Introducing the powerful 3D Vectra XT imaging system, available at our Center.

What Is Vectra?

The Vectra imaging system, by Canfield Scientific, Inc, is revolutionizing the pre-surgery experience. It uses cutting edge technology to capture and digitally manipulate high-resolution images of your body.

With the Vectra, each 3D image captured uses your real dimensions, proportions, shapes and skin tones. It provides patients an in-depth way of previewing surgery like never before. Vectra is the tool of choice for patients seeking a breast augmentation or facial procedures such as rhinoplasty.

The digitization process takes only a few minutes. Vectra is an all-in-one system designed to capture the face, breasts, and body. With Vectra’s advanced software, your doctor can propose and demonstrate treatment plans: not to mention highlight areas of change.  

A few features of the Vectra include:

  • Automated Measurements - Experience accurate simulations of your real body
  • 360° Body Images - View your operation from every angle
  • Before and After Overlays - Compare the future to the present all at once
  • Dynamic Soft Tissue Modeling - Simulate the look and gravity of an implant
  • Simulated Body Contouring - See body volume change after surgery
  • Complementary Procedures - Preview multiple procedures at the same time

Why Choose Vectra?

While features speak for themselves, the results speak louder. Our patients feel empowered and have peace of mind with Vectra imaging. Some of the incomparable benefits of Vectra over traditional 2D imaging include:

  • Precision Planning: Take the guesswork out of the preparation equation. Detailed images can be used by your doctor to outline a plan of action for your individual procedure.
  • Clear Communication: Stay on the same page as your doctor. Ensure you have the same results in mind with detailed, demonstrable before and after simulations.  
  • Multiple Outlooks: Compare your options before moving forward. View and compare different procedures/implant combinations to choose a look you’ve always wanted.
  • Informed Decisions: Make your decision with the ultimate resource. Choose to undergo surgery with the latest technology, with information tailored to you.
  • Satisfied Expectations: See the look before you leap. With an accurate preview of your body, you can love your upcoming look before it happens.

It’s 2017. You don’t have to expect the unexpected when it comes to life changing surgery. Check if your cosmetic surgeon has a 3D Vectra scanner. If you would like to read more about Vectra’s scope of power visit the Vectra website and click here.

At the Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, we carry a 3D Vectra XT for full body projections. Our Vectra is capable of scanning face and body for many procedures. Dr. Usha is a pioneer in female-specific procedures, including labiaplasty and breast augmentation. We use the newest in medical technology in all our procedures.

For more information about Vectra or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Usha click here.

Hair Loss: 5 Paths to a Full Head of Confidence

In today’s media-driven world, all attention is on the face. And yes, the area right above it.

Hair loss is an issue for men (and women!) of all backgrounds and ages. Male pattern balding affects tens of millions of men in the United States alone. 33% of American men begin to show signs of balding before the age of 35; while a staggering 40% of women show hair loss before 40.

It can be devastating to lose the defining feature of health and youth. There are several ways thinning hair affects the average person. These include changes in:

  • Confidence
  • Sex Appeal
  • Ability to Style
  • Appearance of Age

You may try to mask issues with hairstyles or with hats and caps. But many seek more permanent solutions, other than doing away with it allIf you’re man or woman who’s confused about the solutions out there, here’s news: you’re not the only one. The age-old problem of hair loss hasn’t changed in history (though the treatments have!).

Today, there are more options than ever before. These include a swath of natural supplements, drugs, lasers, transplant techniques and regrowth treatments. It can be difficult to navigate through each type. Here are 5 popular treatments (along with a healthy lifestyle) that can well put your hair back in your hands.

1.) Propecia (Finasteride)

Originally designed to prevent prostate cancer, Propecia comes with a beneficial side effect of hair loss prevention. Finasteride is the first drug in history to treat male pattern baldness. It works by blocking the production of a male hormone in the scalp (DHT) that shuts down follicles that cause pattern baldness. Careful though, Propecia is a committed treatment and isn’t for women. Once you stop taking Propecia the hair you’ve retained with the drug will be lost within 3 to 8 months. Side effects may include loss of sexual desire or impotence.

2.) Minoxidil

The most well-known hair loss medication is Rogaine, which uses minoxidil. It’s the only FDA-approved drug for the condition other than Propecia. There are oral and topical applications of the drug. Minoxidil both slows the progression of hair loss and promotes the growth of new hair. It works by widening blood vessels, allowing more blood, oxygen, and nutrients to reach follicles.

This is also a lifetime-use treatment. Once you stop using a minoxidil product, your hair will thin at the same rate as before. Side effects include shedding, unwanted body hair growth, itching and allergic reactions. Often Propecia and minoxidil products are used in tandem to treat hair loss on dual fronts.

3.) Laser Light Therapy

Laser treatments come in several forms, including professional laser light treatments and at-home devices. Laser therapy applies photons to tissue helping to revitalize weak cells. Some devices stimulate blood flow which may promote new hair growth. It’s not a direct baldness solution; light therapy has shown to maintain hair for some. And there are critics questioning its effectiveness. A benefit of using a laser light is that the side effects are minimal and these can be used in conjunction with other treatments.  

4.) Hair Transplant

Hair transplants are a well-established, long-term answer to baldness. There are two types of hair transplants: follicular unit strip surgery and follicular unit extraction. Both move hair from one part of the body to another. Strip surgery transplants a strip from the back of the head. The unit extraction method moves grafts of smaller sections for transplant. Once hair is moved it will begin to regrow as usual over time. Downtime for transplants ranges from 3 to 10 days. The risks include bleeding, scarring, infections, unnatural hair growth, and dying follicles. Healing can take months and you may need several transplants for full coverage.

5.) PRP + ACell

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) + ACell injections is a new technique used to treat baldness through follicles and hair roots. This treatment is two part. ACell slows down thinning by providing a structure hair follicles can build upon. PRP, often used in sports medicine, amplifies natural healing. This may promote new hair growth and slow hair loss when applied to damaged hair follicles. Injections are composed of factors from your own blood: so risks are low and there is zero downtime.

A downside of ACell + PRP is that it’s an advanced technique not available everywhere. Treatments typically last a year. We offer this treatment at our Bay Area location.

Visit San Francisco Plastic Surgery and Laser Center’s PRP + ACell for Hair Regrowth page for more information about this procedure.  



FLASH SALE: 33% Off Facial Rejuvenation Procedures

Are you looking to refresh your skin for summer?

The first 20 patients to claim this deal will get 33% off any of the following procedures: 

Reg. $150 | Now $100

Refinity Peel
Reg. $150 | Now $100

IPL Photofacial
Reg. $400 | Now $270

Offer is only valid for this Thursday 5/11, Friday 5/12 andSaturday 5/13. 

Call us at 415-392-3333 to book your appointment. Schedule your appointment with Nurse Gaya