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Many patients who see me in consultation for a breast reduction have already conducted a fair amount of research on the internet about this procedure. One issue that they often have questions and concerns about is the need for and the usage of drains for this surgery. Some have read commentaries by previous breast reduction patients who emphasized the “significant” discomfort associated with these drains. Unfortunately, much of the information that people read is either incorrect, not accurate or doesn’t proportionately represent reality.

For many years, I customarily placed drains in all my breast reduction patients, the purpose of which was to help minimize the risk for accumulation of fluid (seroma) and blood (hematoma). This was the norm for the majority of plastic surgeons. The drains, which are “tubes” that exit through the lower skin incision and serve to drain fluid deep to the skin, were more of a nuisance rather than a source of significant discomfort or severe pain. Regardless, most patients were quite happy to have them removed.

Over the last several years, I have made their usage a rare exception and when they are placed, the decision is made during surgery based on a few factors. Fortunately, I have seen no increased incidence of these two complications with this approach – and my patients are happier that they have to deal with one less issue.

For more information on breast reduction surgery or for any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform, or to schedule a consultation with me, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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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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