The Quick Recovery Breast Augmentation: Possible?

Breast augmentation has been the number one plastic surgery procedure requested and performed since 2006 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). And for good reason-surgery is the best option for long-lasting fullness and cleavage. The typical procedure takes one to two hours, but it takes about a month for your new breasts to take shape. Plus, the recovery period can be uncomfortable and there are relatively high revision rates, which can limit the patient's movement and physical activities.

It may sound too good to be true, but a new technique is being used during breast surgery that whittles the recovery from implants down to a day or two. Beverly Hills, CA, plastic surgeon Ashkan Ghavami, MD, uses what he calls the "Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation." He explains that the difference between the quick recovery method and more standard augmentation practices is reduced swelling, bruising and less trauma to the ribcage and muscles. "The recovery can be tough because of the pain that's ensued by creating the pocket in which an implant is placed. Instead, heat is used to cauterize the tissue (as opposed to cutting and tearing) to place the implant in the pocket, which causes less trauma." In addition, the breast implant is the appropriate size and not too large for the pocket, says Dr. Ghavami.

Would you be more likely to consider a breast augmentation if there was less downtime involved?

For other ways to enhance your bust and for an in-depth look at how you can makeover your entire body in four weeks, check out the spring-summer 2012 issue of NewBeauty magazine on newsstands March 27th.

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