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In the past, many women described recovery from a breast augmentation as being fairly to significantly uncomfortable. In my opinion, a lot of that “discomfort” was, and still is, technique related. If the surgery is performed using finer, more precise and gentler techniques, then the postsurgical discomfort usually will be greatly reduced. Additionally, there are also local anesthesia and other pain control options available that can further decrease discomfort and make recovery quicker and quite tolerable.

I also believe that the postoperative regimen for breast augmentation, including medications and specific physical activity limitations, has a substantial influence in terms of how comfortable recuperation will be. Furthermore, in order to minimize the risk of bleeding and/or the accumulation of blood (which are extremely rare occurrences in my experience), I generally advise my patients to avoid any heavy lifting, straining and aerobic activities for about three weeks and not to take any blood thinners such as aspirin and ibuprofen starting from two weeks before surgery until two weeks after surgery. Patients who are involved in more sedentary, non-physical types of employment are often able to return to work within five days whereas those in vigorous types of professions will need to wait a bit longer in order to help minimize risks or complications.

It is important to note that each patient’s postoperative level of discomfort will vary, some of this affected by the plastic surgery techniques used. However, each person’s breast augmentation postoperative regimen is specifically tailored to fit their unique situation.

Dr. Steven Turkeltaub, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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