The greater public has the impression that breast augmentation is followed by pain that lasts for 2-3 weeks, compression garments or suffocating bandages, tubes inserted in the breast, bruising around the chest and long stays in bed. And if all this used to be true, it is now all left to the past.
So what would you think of the idea of almost pain-free breast augmentation, without tubes, suffocating compression garments around the chest and movement restrictions? Is it too good to be true?
Well, no matter how hard to believe, modern techniques allow 90% of the patients who have been submitted to breast augmentation to resume regular activities 24 hours after the procedure. Forget narcotic analgesics, tight compression garments around the chest, drains or special bras that press against the breast. You may also forget bruising and breasts that make you look like a beating victim.
How is this possible?
This is not an exaggeration and of course it didn't happen all of a sudden. The technique was developed and published in 2002 in the best plastic surgery journal by Tebbetts, a plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas. So what is it that makes the difference? The secret unveils below:
A. Before breast augmentation surgery.
Careful planning as to the type and volume of the implant, before surgery. The plastic surgeon performs 5 important measurements of the patient's chest. The patient then tries on the silicon implants. This is very important since the patient will be able to have a good idea of what her breast will look like after surgery. Therefore, the patient's will in combination with the measurements of her chest define the type of implant and, most of all, its size.
B. During breast augmentation surgery.
It is reasonable that the less we injure the tissues during surgery the less bleeding is caused and of course best recovery is achieved. This is the plain secret of this technique. Using specially designed tools, we prepare the pocket for the silicon implant inside the breast with a FULLY atraumatic method (almost no blood is lost during surgery). This results to minimum injury of the tissues. A minor surgical trauma means minimising pain after surgery as well as minimising ecchymosis (bruising) after surgery. The standard principle of this new technique is that the surgeon must fully avoid using his fingers to create the pocket since he may cause extended injury or bleeding of the tissue that will lead to intense pain or slow post-surgery recovery.
C. After breast augmentation surgery.
Due to the atraumatic technique no breast drains (tubes) are required, or compression garments around the chest, or restrictions in arm movements. Patients shall be well able to raise their hands high immediately after surgery.
All this combined with perfect anaesthesia result to minimum feeling of nausea or vomiting after surgery.
So, what do we achieve with this new breast augmentation technique:
This technique is characterised by accuracy and high respect for the tissues. Thanks to careful planning before surgery and the fully atraumatic technique, our patients may go back home safely 6 hours after surgery.
Since there are no tubes, compression garments or surgical bras, the patient may move around freely. She may go out for dinner on that same day or drive 2-3 days after the surgery.
What is also important, if not most important, is that this technique reduces immediate as well as long-term complications of the surgery. Thereby, in a recent analysis of the results of 1250 breast augmentation procedures during the 11th Congress of ESPRAS in Rhodes, haematomas were 0.05 %, inflammations were 0 %, and capsular contracture formation was 0.4 %.