I read about it on a breast implant forum but it sounds too good to be true. Is it just a gimmick? If not, what are the pros and cons?
What is "Rapid Recovery" Breast Augmentation Surgery? Is It Just a Gimmick?
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Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation- Gimmick or Reality?
Understandably, many surgeons are reluctant to admit that quick recovery or rapid recovery is possible. While the name is developed for effective marketing (there has to be a way to present this breakthrough technique and philosophy to the public effectively, right?), the procedure and its merits are REAL and have been shown in peer-reviewed scientific literature published as early as 2002 by Dr. John Tebbetts. I stand by it, regardless of criticisms for the name, flash recovery breast augmentation (TM) which sounds "flashy".
I absolutely disagree with marketing for just for marketing's sake but when a procedure or philosophy is this important to bring to the public, it is important to distinguish it from the breast augmentation techniques which require drains, compression wraps and longer recovery periods. This whole thing came about for one reason, to improve patient experience for what should be a simple, elective cosmetic surgery. Everything we do as surgeons always has room for improvement. Just as we use implants that are completely different from ones used decades ago, so should the surgical techniques be today. The goals of this technique is not to be quick in the operating room but to rather perform as bloodless a dissection as possible with the theory being that less bleeding equals less pain and also may reduce capsular contracture risk (hard breasts from internal scar tissue that is excessive and thick).
While the surgical time can be less than 30 minutes, that is NOT the MAIN GOAL. I am not racing , but rather not wasting time trying to control bleeding or holding pressure on the breast because a vein popped, or being imprecise with the pocket dissection. There is no blind dissection and everything is seen clearly by the surgeon. The surgeon sees everything and performs a precise, quick dissection without blunt instruments that rip and shred like the surgeon's finger.
I have many many patients who have undergone this type of breast augmentation and would be happy to talk with prospective patients or skeptics. It is important to realize also, that not everyone is an ideal candidate. Patients with tuberous or constricted breasts, significant asymmetry, or who need a lift are not candidates. Also, patients that want to be unrealistically large are also not candidates.
Please visit the links below for more information. Good luck in your search. While some surgeons may call this procedure something else, there are some across the country that do strive to make the patient experience better with recovery and placing appropriate sized implants. The importance is not if it is called flash, rapid, or quick recovery but that the surgeon can deliver the results. I took a slight risk in performing this during a live studio audience taping on television but I am that confident in its merits and in the technique. It worked out as planned and as what is the typical case. The camera does not lie. She had surgery in the morning and was shown just hours after wards. She did not take any strong narcotic pills and I do not prescribe that for a standard breast augmentation. There was also no numbing medicine placed in the breast pocket!
Hope this was helpful and always remember to choose a plastic surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
The truth about 'rapid recovery' breast augmentation
The concept of a 'rapid recovery' after breast augmentation was presented by Dr. Tebbets, a gifted plastic surgeon, however also a gifted showman. The idea is that with a very careful creation of the pocket and placement of the breast implants patients could go about their business normally the day or two after breast augmentation, and even go out dancing. Well, some can though others cannot. Breast augmentation in a pocket under the muscle requires separation and stretch of the lower attachments of the chest muscle which is a muscle pull and tear. No matter who you are, or how carefully done rest and healing is required. Some patients do have a quicker recovery, and a few a slower one. Its a law of averages. Gentle and careful surgery is just sound practice and common sense, as is rest and recovery after any surgery. Breast augmentation is a real operation with predictable and wonderful results, and a reasonable recovery for the majority of patients. A rapid recovery is possible if you choose your surgeon wisely, and a promise of a rapid recovery for everyone is too good to be true.
Best of luck,
Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation
Regarding : "What is "Rapid Recovery" Breast Augmentation Surgery? Is It Just a Gimmick?
I read about it on a breast implant forum but it sounds too good to be true. Is it just a gimmick? If not, what are the pros and cons?"
The term Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation was originally coined by Dr. John Tebbetts of Dallas who I know and who I greatly admire. John is extremely liked or disliked by many Plastic surgeons because of his honesty, brashness and his way of repeatedly challenging generations of Plastic surgeons to "do better". Dr. Tebbets has shown in several live surgery demonstrations that creating the breast implant pocket by sharp cautery dissection (not by blunt finger or instrument tearing of a pocket), by carefully preventing and stopping all bleeding and avoiding contact with the rib cartilage combined with placement of reasonable implants chosen to fit the patients breast WITHOUT will result in a VERY short recovery allowing women to return to their normal activities rapidly.
The problem is that many surgeons advertising rapid recovery Breast Augmentation are NOT following Dr. Tebbetts' principles are substituting rapid surgery (involving trauma to the breast and chest wall) for the sound principles required to achieve a quick recovery. So, you are correct is wondering if this is hype. You need to interview several surgeons and see just how they approach the process before you entrust them with your body.
Dr. Peter Aldea
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You must remember that you are not healed at 24 hours. This means that there are a few limitations that are placed on you like no strenuous exercise or aerobic exercise for 5 to 7 days and no working out your chest muscles for 4 to 6 weeks.
BUT you can be out shopping, or out to dinner or out for a long walk the next afternoon or evening after your surgery! The program does involve less anesthesia medications (much healthier and easier on you) as well as getting you up and going in the first 24 hours. Much like the very fast sports rehabilitation that you hear about today, motion is a big key early after surgery and we get you going very quickly. The first 24 hours are work for you but the results are amazing.
I have posted a video for you to hear from a patient of mine who was willing to tell her story about Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation.
I hope that helps.
Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation
I started using the Rapid Recovery Program 3 years ago. Since then I have nothing but very happy patients. Why does it work? It's simple, early motion leads to less stiffness, swelling and pain.
During the surgery cautery is used to make sure there won't be any bleeding after the augmentation. Then through the use of exercises, that put the pectoralis muscles on passive stretch, and ibuprofen, a powerful anti-inflammatory, patients are able to return to their normal routine in just 2-3 days. I've even had patients run 5 miles two days after surgery.
The old school post operative course of no movement for 6 weeks is no longer appropriate in today's breast augmentation surgery. Rapid Recovery works and you'll be happy you did it.
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Some claim that there is no need for postoperative 'pain pumps' - the layman's term for the local anesthetic infusion devices that can be placed during surgery and deliver local anesthetic into the implant pockets for 2-3 days. I still use them, as they add no cost for the patient (we cover the cost) and add no significant risk of complications, and because there are some patients that - no matter what you do to prevent it - will have some significant pain postop without the local anesthetic infusion. We take the tiny catheters out usually on postop day 2, and because of this device we have many patients who describe having an essentially pain-free breast augmentation experience. You can't absolutely guarantee that outcome, but we certainly try to provide it for every patient.