The two most common questions Plastic Surgeon Dr Tavakoli is asked by women considering breast augmentation mammoplasty is how long is the recovery and what are the future complications that can arise?
Dr Tavakoli has developed a recovery technique for breast augmentation mammoplasty, which means patients are quicker to be up and mobile after surgery. Despite this, patients should still be aware that recovery will take time, and you will need to take great care to follow instructions post-operatively to help minimise complications.
Light stretching is prescribed from day 2 and patients are often able to return to work between day 5 and day 7 posts op. This, however, will depend on the progress of your recovery and the physical nature of your work.
Crucial to the recovery technique is a spray solution developed by Dr Tavakoli which aims to reduce or eliminate the need for drains post operatively. This can help with post-op comfort and help lower (but not entirely remove) the chances of complications including capsular contracture.
Capsular contracture remains to this day, a common complication that can affect up to 20% of breast augmentation mammoplasty patients. It occurs when the natural capsule around the implant thickens and contracts, often distorting the shape of the implant and causing pain and discomfort.
Sub pectoral or dual plane placement and the introduction of micro textured implant as well as stringent surgical practices have helped reduce this overall figure.
Disclaimer: The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.
*Before and after capsular contracture patients
Blood and fluid inside the breast pocket have been directly linked to post operative complications that affect both comfort (swelling, seroma, bruising) and aesthetic results (implant displacement, capsular contracture).
To overcome these issues, drains have been commonplace in primary breast augmentation mammoplasty patients. Whilst drains can be effective at removing the remaining fluid that can build up inside the pocket, they can be a source of discomfort and inconvenience for the patient.
No drain solution: Dr Tavakoli’s Recovery Spray
Made up of a combination of anti-bleeding medication and antibiotics, this intra-operative spray is applied directly into the breast pocket immediately prior to implant insertion.
An external four year retrospective study of Dr Tavakoli’s patients revealed a reduction in the rate of capsular contracture in patients who received Dr Tavakoli’s recovery spray.
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Dr Tavakoli has since been invited to speak about capsular contracture and the use of his “Recovery Spray” at international conferences including the recent ASAPS/NZAPS conference in August 2018. All of Dr Tavakoli’s breast augmentation mammoplasty patients are treated his “Recovery Spray”.
Our practice manager Jennifer offers complimentary consultations for primary breast augmentation mammoplasty and post-pregnancy surgery patients. During this appointment, Jennifer can talk you through the surgery and recovery process, as well as provide detailed costings and surgery availability. To book an appointment with Jennifer, please fill out this form.