Believe it or not, it’s now possible to have breast augmentation and be back to your activities the next day. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
In the right hands, with the right surgical plan, women can recover from breast enhancement the day after their procedure. It actually does happen, but it doesn’t happen automatically. Here’s what you need to know, straight from a pioneer of 24 Hour Recovery®, Dr. John Tebbetts.
Minimizing Tissue Trauma
According to Tebbetts, a board certified plastic surgeon who practices in Dallas, Texas, there are several keys to achieving a one-day recovery. The first one is minimizing tissue trauma.
Most surgeons still employ either “blunt dissection” or “sharp dissection” techniques, or both. Blunt dissection means they may create the breast pocket with a blunt instrument or their fingers, causing substantial bruising and swelling. Sharp dissection, or the use of a sharp instrument, tends to cause bleeding and swelling. Either way, the outcome is post-operative pain.
In contrast, Tebbetts uses what he terms “specially developed electrocautery techniques” during breast augmentation surgery. In other words, bleeding is minimized at the same time incisions are made. This approach, combined with gentle, precise tissue manipulation, results in minimal discomfort following surgery. For another bonus, few women go home with surgical drains.
Choosing the Right Implant
Another important factor in delivering rapid recovery is choosing the right breast implant for each patient. This means selecting an implant that will create an enhanced figure without being too large. Extra large implants cause tissue stretching—not to mention sagging down the road--and add to post-surgical pain.
In fact, Tebbetts feels that a very precise relationship between the size of the breast pocket and the implant chosen is vital. He uses an actual formula to ensure he is not “pushing tissue, [but] simply filling it."
Keeping Anesthesia and Medication to a Minimum