FACTS ON BREAST IMPLANT AUGMENTATION – NEW JERSEY
Patients report higher self esteem and an increase in body confidence following the surgery
Dr. Gartner administers pre-emptive anesthesia. Pre-emptive anesthesia involves administering medication before your surgery begins in order to reduce your sensitivity. It has the ability to reduce post-operative pain and discomfort, both short and long term, making it more effective than delivering medication after the surgery has been completed, according to the study, Preemptive analgesia II: recent advances and current trends. Simply put, pre-emptive anesthesia “blocks pain from the get go”. In fact, the recovery room nurses at the university hospital where Dr. Gartner has privileges often remark that his patients tend to have a far easier recovery marked by less discomfort than those who are operated on by other surgeons. In addition, less anesthesia is administered overall.
General anesthesia can be administered, which is what most surgeons offer to patients. However, Dr. Gartner is one of the very few plastic surgeons in the country who can also perform your procedure under local anesthesia with some oral sedation. Because it is such a comfortable surgical experience with a faster recovery, about half of patients opt for local anesthesia. You won’t have to deal with any of the risks or side effects related to general anesthesia, and your recovery will be faster. Some patients can have their surgery on a Thursday, then get back to their desk job by Monday
Dr. Gartner has refined his surgical techniques to minimize the risk of capsular contracture, a common complication that can occur in many patients, according to the FDA. By doing such things as practicing strict infection control protocols and wiping the nipples with gauze then applying nipple shields during surgery, Dr. Gartner has reduced his rate of capsular contracture to a minimal margin.
Dr. Gartner has extensive knowledge of cohesive gel silicone breast implants because he participated in investigational studies before they were deemed safe for the public by the FDA. For this reason, he can better determine the most suitable implant size and shape that will achieve your desired results, based on his highly informed opinion.
Lowering the inframammary fold involves cutting significant ligaments that support the breast, adhering it to the chest wall. This has been found to increase the risk of “bottoming out”, a complication that causes the implants to become displaced and move unfavorably downward in the chest, making revision surgery necessary. In fact, this complication is one of the most common problems Dr. Gartner sees and fixes in patients who have had breast augmentation performed by other surgeons. For this reason, Dr. Gartner never lowers the inframammary fold, preventing bottoming out. You can retain your original breast fold for a more natural-looking result. This also makes wearing an uncomfortable compression garment or bra right after your surgery 24/7 unnecessary, since there’s no concern about the breasts dropping too low. The discomfort from breast augmentation is often related to the pressure of the implant lifting up muscle, and wearing a bra just creates more pressure and hurts more. You’ll only have to wear a bra once your breasts settle into position, and this is usually two to four weeks after surgery.
Sizers are used during surgery to shape the area. This minimizes the risk of your implants going too far to the sides. Because your inframammary fold remains intact as well, you won’t need to wear a bra right after your surgery unless otherwise advised. Instead, an ace wrap is placed over the top of your chest, which you’ll remove the next day. Once your implants have settled in the right spot, you can then start wearing a bra regularly to maintain your long-term results (this is generally at two to four weeks after surgery). For this reason, you won’t have to deal with the discomfort and pain of wearing a constricting compression bra for weeks after your surgery, something that is commonly advised by other doctors