The successful aesthetic plastic surgeon’s practice and reputation relies – more than in other disciplines – upon patient satisfaction. Satisfied patients become an important driver for building a positive reputation and therefore an essential stimulus for further patient referrals. As a consequence, prudent surgeons do their best to ensure patient wishes are fully taken into consideration.

One of the key elements in ensuring patient satisfaction after breast augmentation is meeting the patient’s expectation for the postoperative size and shape of the breast. Failure to provide the desired breast size and shape can lead to significant patient dissatisfaction, a strained doctor-patient relationship, and additional costs associated with revisionary surgery. Unfortunately, patient dissatisfaction with the size or the shape of the breast after breast augmentation is not an uncommon occurrence, and reoperation for size or shape change has been noted to occur in up to 20% of patients.

It is therefore essential that the patient gets educated by becoming intimately involved in the process of implant selection, supported by the surgical team, and that the patient “buys-in” to the selection process with enthusiasm, confidence and conviction. As the goal of the procedure is to improve the appearance of the patient, the most pressing question that all patients have in common is how they will look like after the operation that relates to questions like “what is the difference between this size and that size of implant?” or “should I need a C cup or a D cup” or even sometimes patients referred from a friend who want to have the same result with the implant their friend had. Such information allows the surgeon to proceed with confidence, and can provide that last bit of needed reassurance to allow a patient to choose to undergo the procedure.

So, what if the patient could get a clear answer on her numerous questions and see her change in appearance before it actually happens? This is what Crisalix is doing with its exclusive 3D technology which we have embraced here at LBPS.

Crisalix have carried out a study on the use of the 3D technology.

The goal of the research was to demonstrate the potential benefits that Crisalix 3D technology brings to both patients and surgeons.

This data was collected from 2011-2016 with the official study starting in 2014. The study surveyed patients’ responses to 3D simulations, as well as the resulting increased consult to surgery conversion rate for surgeons. In addition, data was gathered on pre and post surgery patient satisfaction rates, and the subsequent positive effect in the number of scheduled surgeries.

Read the full report here