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with 24 Hr Recovery Breast Augmentation
24 Hour Recovery Breast Augmentation is also known as Quick Recovery Breast Augmentation or Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation. It is not new. 24 hour recovery breast augmentation was first reported to the plastic surgery community in 2002 by Dr. John Tebbets of Dallas (see below for medical references). The protocol was known as the “no touch” technique since special instruments were used to minimize damage to the breast and chest area. Today, a variation of this surgical technique is used that includes a special implant placement device called a Keller Funnel. The entire program is designed to:
- Make your post-operative course simple. You will have:
- No drains.
- No pain pumps.
- No bandages.
- No long acting local anesthetics into the breast pocket or all around the breast.
- No binders, bandeaus, wraps or tight dressings.
- No special bras.
- No high strength narcotic pain medications.
- No muscle relaxant medications.
- No anti-anxiety or sedative medications.
- No normal activities restrictions (except aerobic activities in the first week and no shoulder work outs for 6 weeks).
- No limitation of normal sexual activity after the first evening of surgery.
- No nerve blocks of any kind (usually injects between the ribs to reduce pain).
- No massage or pushing up your implants.
- Reduce pain. It was felt that the “no touch” surgical procedure was the big contributor to why patients could be recovered in 24 hours but now we know that there are a number of factors that are responsible. These include:
- Motion. This is the number one factor. Have you ever wondered how athletes return to the playing field so fast? Although counter intuitive, motion is a great healer an, although initially it is a little sore to get moving after an injury, things feel much better a lot faster. We get you moving with special exercises within the first half hour after surgery!
- Elimination of the strong drugs that are often used in general anesthesia. By using a local anesthesia technique that will provide you with much better post-operative pain control you will need little if any post-operative narcotics or prescription pain medications. It is well known that patients who come out of surgery pain free rarely have as much pain during their recovery compared to patients who leave surgery in pain. In addition, there is less risk for memory loss from general anesthesia.
- Reduce your risks for:
- Blood clots or deep venous thrombosis.
A 24 Hour Recovery Patient of Dr. Windle’s
Here is What Our Patients Say
95% of patients are recovered to the point that they can go out to dinner the next night if they so choose. With 24 hour recovery breast augmentation you are not healed and we encourage our patients not to overdo things in the first or four days but most are back to work at three to four days!
This is not magic, 24 hour recovery breast augmentation is just good medicine using the latest thinking. Our patients say they are amazed, especially after hearing what their friends went through somewhere else or back in the day.
“People are amazed at how quickly I recovered,” said one patient the other day. “I had surgery Thursday and I was out shopping the next afternoon. I was back at work on Monday morning. I was still a little sore, but I was able to get around just fine. Ten days later it was as if I had not had any surgery….except that I now fill up my bras!”
24 Hour Recovery Breast Augmentation: After surgery
We will encourage you to move; get up walking and your arms over your head. This is the most important part of the recovery program and we will have you do a set of three arm raises every hour before going to bed. Sports medicine has taught us that stretching and walking help the muscles to recover more rapidly and this is true after surgery like a breast augmentation.
Also after surgery we do not want you to baby your breasts. There is nothing you can do to hurt or rupture your implants or rip open your incisions. The best thing that you can do it to simple resume your daily routines. You are encouraged to look at your breasts in a mirror as well as touch them and get to know them. They’re not the same as they were. They are new and different so get to know them!
With 24 hour recovery breast augmentation you get what patients want today:
- Less Pain
- Less Downtime.
- Less Invasive.
- Less Complications
- MORE NATURAL BREAST AUGMENTATION RESULTS
Tebbetts, J.B. Achieving a predictable 24-hour return to normal activities after breast augmentation Part I: Refining practices using motion and time study principles. Plast. Reconstr. Surg.109:273-290, January 2002.
Tebbetts, J.B.: Achieving a predictable 24-hour return to normal activities after breast augmentation Part II: Patient preparation, refined surgical techniques and instrumentation Plast. Reconstr. Surg.109:293-305, January, 2002.
Adams Jr, William P. “The process of breast augmentation: four sequential steps for optimizing outcomes for patients.” Plastic and reconstructive surgery 122.6 (2008): 1892-1900.
Kryger, Zol B., Neil A. Fine, and Thomas A. Mustoe. “The outcome of abdominoplasty performed under conscious sedation: six-year experience in 153 consecutive cases.” Plastic and reconstructive surgery 113.6 (2004): 1807-181
24 Hour Recover Breast Augmentation FAQS
Many patients are concerned with the length of recovery from plastic surgery and what that recovery will be like. They want to get back to work as soon as possible or be able to get back to their life without being restricted as soon as possible
The 24 hour recovery protocol allows you to be doing just about anything the next day. With a rapid 24 hour recovery breast augmentation using the natural feeling gummy bear breast implants from Sientra, you will not need any narcotics after surgery and will not be limited in any way. You are not healed so you likely be a little stiff and sore for a day or two but the 24 hour protocol makes that very tolerable. You will be able to get back to a desk job, lift children, drive and even get back to light work outs within a day or two. There are no special bras and no massage with these implants and this method.
This is a frequent concern of women who are preparing for a rapid recovery breast augmentation. As long as you follow the post-operative protocol of MEAT or motion, exercise, anti-inflammatories and treatment if required, the answer is NO. That is not quite true since anti-inflammatories are in fact a pain medication. Narcotics, commonly prescribed after surgery, are not necessary however and in fact can cause nausea, drowsiness and constipation. These problems can actually delay your recovery. In most cases, with the MEAT protocol, with just a basic over the counter anti-inflammatory medication like Aleve is all that is required. The secret is motion. We get patients moving, stretching and exercising within 2 hours of their surgery and they say when they stop moving is when they hurt a little.
A Keller Funnel is a used by surgeons to place breast implants in the breast augmentation pocket without having to touch the implant. Using a Keller funnel has been shown to help to greatly reduce the problem of breast implant capsule contracture. This video shows exactly how a Keller funnel is used.