Drains or no drains after breast augmentation?
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Drains After Breast Augmentation?
The majority of surgeons do not use drains when doing a primary breast augmentation because the surgery should be done in a precise and meticulous fashion with as little tissue trauma as possible. Having a drain will not speed healing and should have no effect on the process of the settling of the implant. On a rare occasion there may be a reason that a surgeon would choose to use a drain but this should be a very uncommon occurrence.
No Need For Straight Forward Aug
Hello, and thank you for your question. For a straight forward, primary (first-time) breast augmentation, drains are not necessary. I will occasionally use drains for mastopexies (breast lifts) and implant exchanges, also, with capsulectomies (removing capsules of tissue around existing implants). Every surgeon has their own preferences, but I would consider drains in a primary breast augmentation rare, and unnecessary added risk of infection. Best of luck!
Drains after breast augmentation?
I never use drains after a straight forward breast augmentation. In certain cases such as breast implant removal and replacement, drains may be used.
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Drains for Breast Augmentation? #breastaugmentation #breastimplants
- I never use drains for breast augmentation.
- The vast majority of plastic surgeons do not use drains with breast augmentation.
- Some plastic surgeons may use drains when placing shaped, or "anatomical," breast implants because of the concern with implant rotation. However, most of us no longer use drains even with even shaped implants.
- Drains help to prevent fluid collections called seromas.
- Seromas with breast augmentation are exceedingly rare.
Drains with BA
In my experience, when breast augmentation is done by meticulous dissection within electrocautery tweezer, there is little if any bleeding that would necessitate placement of a drain. Should a more rough or blunt dissection be done, this tearing of tissues may necessitate removal of extra fluid using a drain. The drain has nothing to do with the dropping or fluffing process. Hope this is helpful.
Every surgeon has his/her preference when to use drains. I do not routinely use drains for breast augmentations since bleeding is minimal, and there is an increased risk of infection with drains. For surgeries that have an increase in bleeding, like tummy tucks, I do use drains. Drains will not help the drop and fluff process.
Drains After Breast Augmentation
While the majority of plastic surgeons do not use a drain for primary breast augmentation, you may be surprised at the volume of serous drainage that is removed when a drain is employed. For many reasons your surgeon may choose to use a drain. They can explain their reasoning as to benefits. It is not right or wrong to use a drain, and as more of the other answers imply, your surgeon will make the choice they feel is in your best interest.
Drains not needed
after routine augmentations with smooth round implants... but if using textured anatomic implants, drains are possible to help the tissue heal better around your implants as you want your pocket to hug your implant.
Drains are not typically used in a primary breast augmentation. They may be used in revision surgery, capsulectomy, or after breast reconstruction
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