Was it Normal to use drains for my standard BA? (photo)
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There is absolutely no evidence to suggest drains increase infection but they are used by some surgeons and not by others. In various surveys of plastic surgeons it was found 70% did, 30% did not. They can cause usually slight discomfort but are usually removed the next day .
Drain post breast augmentation
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Drains after primary BA
It is not routine practice to leave drains in place after primary breast augmentation regardless of incision choice, breast implant size/shape. With that said, no one on this page was there for your surgery and does not know the complete details of what occurred during your surgery.
If you had issues with bleeding/fluid, that may have necessitated the use of drains for you. When in place, 4 days is not considered a long time to have them. You will need to ask your Plastic Surgeon directly about the specifics of your care.
All the best
Sincerely, James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science
Drains are rare in primary breast augmentation
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