Dermabond for breast surgery
Breast augmentation is among the most popular cosmetic surgeries that gives the highest patient’s satisfaction. The surgery consists of simple procedures and a patient can recover within 48 hours.
As a surgeon, I noticed that patients with incision at the fold, also known as inframammary incision recover faster than patients with incision around the areola. This is because when an incision is made around the areola, there would be more bleeding and inflammation which needs more time for recovery. As a way of helping the patients recover faster, I put Dermabond over the incisions.
What is Dermabond?
Dermabond is a liquid suture that helps protect and reinforce the incision after it is closed with sutures. When a patient gets home, she can safely take a shower and then continue with her daily routines. A patient is advised to have a soft diet and advance it as necessary. Also, breast exercises are recommended within 24 hours. Patients can lift their arms, squeeze their breasts, walk around and get out of bed to fasten recovery. This surgery doesn’t require the use of drains at all. There are small incisions and the dressings safeguard the bacteria from causing infection.
Advil or ibuprofen can help with the pain. In case of severe pain, patients are given a narcotic or Talwin. However, I don’t usually recommend this as it prolongs the recovery and it can also cause itching, constipation, nausea, vomiting and others. Breast augmentation surgery patients can actually go back to work within 24-48 hours.