Breast Reduction Mammaplasty Wet Technique
The wet technique can result in breast sculpture with:
- Less blood loss and bleeding
- Less bruising
- Less swelling after surgery
- Less after surgery discomfort
- Lower chance needing drains after surgery
Deep sedation means that patients are heavily sedated and sleeping during their breast reduction surgery.
Breast reduction surgery can be done with a wet Tumescent Technique. A dilute solution of local anesthetic and epinephrine injected early during the operation changes the nature of the surgery. This is similar to the methods used during tumescent liposuction or super-wet suction lipectomy. This is also similar to male breast reduction with tumescent technique (warning graphic images). The wet technique can be adapted for use with breast reduction alone or when liposuction is part of the surgical sculpture.
When Dr. Bermant can use a tumescent or superwet method, there seems to be even less bruising. In breast reduction surgery. Full super-wet or tumescent techniques can result in too much distortion of sculpted tissues. It is a balancing act between distortion and tissue sculpture. Infiltration of the fluid at the end of the operation and then performing liposuction can permit more fluid to be used. However, Dr. Bermant has found using the wet technique before breast reduction surgery has made a major change in that part of the operation.Although for years Dr. Bermant has been using low blood loss techniques, this method further decreases bleeding during surgery. Less bleeding translates into less swelling and bruising after surgery. When drainage after surgery is limited, after surgery drains may not be necessary decreasing patient inconvenience.
If you are interested in exploring what the wet technique may have to offer for your own breast reduction concerns, give our office a call and set up a consultation. We take pride in the education of our patients, the surgical sculpture, care during and after surgery, and a specific attention to details.
This patient is only 2 days after her breast reduction using the tumescent technique. No liposuction was done. She had very limited bleeding during surgery and had her drains removed before leaving the hospital the day after surgery. Her after surgery discomfort was less and required only oral pain medication.
3 days after breast reduction surgery and liposuction with the wet technique.
This patient also had breast reduction with the tumescent technique. She had liposuction of the fat contour of the lateral breast and under her arms regions. The bruised regions are where liposuction was done. The bleeding during surgery was minimal with no drains needed. After surgery she only took a few pain pills the second day and did not fill her at home prescription using plain Tylenol instead.