Eight Caucasian women, labeled as participants (P) 1-8 below, aged 30-60 years participated (Table 2). Another woman consented to participate but was excluded before viewing the 3D images and interview because she had already made the decision to pursue delayed breast reconstruction surgery. The interviews lasted an average of 9 minutes (6 to 12 minutes). The main theme emerging from the analysis is improving preparedness. Subtopics included expectation management, software interaction, and enhanced realism. None of the participants expressed prohibitive negative emotions after viewing 3D images.
Management of expectations
‘you can get carried away in your head thinking oh this is going to be beautiful… but maybe it’s not like that, so I prefer [have viewed 3D images] than to come out the other end and say but no one told me‘ (P1). “I think it gives you more perspective on what’s going on, you know, to see what you’re going to experience” (P4). One participant also mentioned that viewing 3D images left her “more confident, more informed about the future” (P5).
‘I liked the 3D images because you can manipulate them, especially when C said that’s what you’ll see looking down [at your chest], I thought it was very useful” (P6). “I think 3D photos were better because you could, you know, move them around” (P8). “I discovered that when I looked at the printed photos [2D]the implant seemed like a very viable option to me… It wasn’t until I saw the 3D scan and they were able to flip it that I realized the shape wasn’t as symmetrical as I thought it would be. thought” (P1).
‘They [3D images] were more realistic…because you sort of saw it from different angles, whereas in a [2D] photograph, you only see it from one angle” (P4). “I found the 3D images much better. I think they just looked more normal, I guess, where the direct footage probably didn’t look as normal” (P2). A participant also remarked that “you know it’s a real person in the 3D image” (P5).