Women considering breast augmentation in Las Vegas often are concerned about how much discomfort they are likely to have during recovery. While it seems a little unorthodox, a new study released in the past month suggests that Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) can minimize post-procedure discomfort for women who have received breast augmentation surgery. Is this really the next breakthrough in pain management technology?
The peer-reviewed clinical study examined a group of 40 healthy women, post-surgery, who wore patches on their breasts, some that emitted regular electromagnetic pulses, others that did nothing (the control group). After 8 days, women wearing the functional patches reported less intense pain, and for shorter times, than the women in the control group.
This research is encouraging to me as a surgeon performing breast augmentation in Las Vegas because it may give me one more means to ensure that my patients” entire surgery process is as comfortable as possible. At the same time, I remain a bit skeptical because the mechanism for PEMF”s effectiveness is still not well understood.
Factors in Pain Management and Prevention
Post-surgical discomfort depends on a variety of factors, and your surgeon should work with you to set expectations based on factors such as:
- The extent and invasiveness of the procedure itself
- Your tissues” tendencies to bruise or scar
- Your unique psychological and physiological management of pain
- Your doctor”s surgical techniques
This last factor plays an enormous role in both your level of comfort during recovery and your ultimate results. Post-surgical pain management tools such as pain pumps and prescription medication certainly can help, but in my mind it is best to use the least invasive technique possible to minimize discomfort from the start.
Techniques for Minimizing Discomfort
When I perform breast augmentation in Las Vegas, I use gentle surgical techniques that minimize damage to tissues along with bruising, swelling, and the risk of scarring. For instance, the endoscopic breast augmentation technique helps me maximize comfort in a few ways. First, this method avoids placing an incision in the highly sensitive nipple area. More importantly, the technique uses an endoscope to cause minimal disruption to surrounding tissue. The endoscope is a tiny camera that allows me to make small incisions and precisely tailor surgical steps.
So what”s the future of PEMF? I think it”s too early to say, but I remain dedicated to closely following all pain management innovations. As researchers continue to refine existing pain management techniques and develop new ones, recovery following all types of cosmetic surgery is sure to become more comfortable. But I believe that choosing a surgeon who is highly skilled and experienced will always be an essential part of any surgery that maximizes your health and comfort.