The Truth Behind the Rapid Recovery Method

According to Dr. McMahan, the ‘Rapid Recovery’ method is mostly a gimmick to get patients to think that they will recover faster than if they choose to go to a cosmetic surgeon promoting this technique.

Tumescent Fluid

Dr. McMahan has found that inserting tumescent fluid into breasts or chest muscles of patients dramatically reduces the pain and bleeding incurred from a breast augmentation procedure. Tumescent fluid consists of both short and long acting local anesthetics as well as epinephrine, which does a great job in constricting blood vessels to reduce bleeding following the surgery and to dramatically reduce pain which speeds recovery.

Following a breast augmentation procedure, it is important that patients try to avoid performing strenuous activities, even if they feel really good within a day or two following the surgery. Performing strenuous tasks can most definitely cause bleeding or result in the stitches that were placed in the muscle to tear out. Patients should also avoid raising their arms over their head for at least two weeks after surgery to avoid placing additional tension on the pectoralis muscle.

Back to Work

Normally, after a period of about seven to ten days, patients are allowed to get back to their normal lifestyle and non-strenuous work. However, their activities should not include the performance of strenuous activities which require heavy lifting, stretching or any activity that can raise their blood pressure.  It is important to let your body heal for the proper amount of time after surgery before starting to stress it.

Follow All Instructions Carefully

In order to experience a worry free and event free recovery, it is important that patients strictly adhere to the pre-surgical instructions given to them by their cosmetic surgeon. There are a variety of things that patients need to do to be fully ready for their cosmetic procedure. By carrying out and adhering to the surgeon’s instructions, patients directly help the surgeon minimize risks of their surgery. Normally, patients will be, first and foremost, instructed to refrain from habits like smoking and taking medications that could trigger excessive bleeding.  Smoking should be stopped for at least three weeks prior to the surgical date, while the list of restricted medications, which includes Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Vitamin E as well as many others, should be avoided for two weeks before surgery.

Do not Overdo It

Patients that believe that they are ‘different’ and heal or recover faster than the average person tend to get themselves in trouble by not following their surgeons’ recommendation.  There is no such thing as ‘healing faster than normal.’  If you overdo it too soon after surgery, problems such as bleeding and implant malposition can result, necessitating another surgery, which also means another period of recovery.  Surgeons want their patients to do as well as possible with the fewest problems, which is why we try to give precise instructions to follow after surgery.  It is in your best interest to adhere to your surgeons’ recommendations before and after surgery to reduce complications and, hopefully, get the best possible result. 

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