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The MINKST Recovery Technique

Have you been considering breast augmentation surgery for some time but are worrying you can’t find the time for the recovery? The MINKST Recovery Technique (formally known as the Rapid Recovery Technique) allows the ability to return to many normal duties* within 48 hours of breast implant surgery.

Our very own MINKST Medical Director, Dr Daniel Fleming, introduced the MINKST Recovery Technique to Australia 20 years ago and has personally used this technique successfully on thousands of patients.

Let’s get technical

The MINKST Recovery Technique is based on an article published by Dr John Tebbets, a Texas Plastic Surgeon and it follows the below important points to achieve a shorter recovery period:

  1. Reducing Blood Loss
    Using special operating instruments and techniques throughout surgery, the MINKST Recovery Technique is a method of dissection of the breast implant pocket that aims to reduce trauma to the tissue and blood loss to only a few mls per side. This can then reduce post-operative inflammation and therefore pain.
  2. A Deep Sleep
    Operating under General Anaesthesia ensures the patient is in a full deep sleep and can be fully relax their pectoral muscles. We do not use twilight sedation and a local anaesthetic is only used around the incision site.
  3. Post Operative Movement
    We encourage post operative movement (within comfort). Wearing post operative bras, strapping or garments are not routinely needed and there are no restrictions on putting your arms above your head. In fact, we encourage you to do this throughout your recovery and even before you leave the hospital
  4. Limiting Strong Painkillers
    When the above is taken into account, there will be reduced pain and discomfort and this means less postoperative medication is required. Which in itself also contributes to a faster recovery because strong painkillers have been known to slow healing. Not to mention the other risks associated with powerful pain medications.

Recovery period

While no patients can be promised they can be back to normal duties* within the 48 hour recovery time, many experience this. For example a typical patient may be able to go shopping, out to dinner, or drive a car short distances within 48 hours after surgery. Additionally, patient surveys have shown approximately 50% only need paracetamol to manage any discomfort.

*Normal duties do NOT include gym, sports or lifting heavy items and you still will require the normal 4-6 week recovery period before taking on anything more strenuous.

Let’s Compare

Traditional Recovery Technique
MINKST Recovery Technique*

Return to non-manual work within a few days

Return to non-manual work within a few days

Return to non-manual work within a few days

Return to your normal routine after 48 hours with exceptions

Return to your normal routine after 48 hours with exceptions

Return to your normal routine after 48 hours with exceptions

Expect mild to moderate pain

Expect mild to moderate pain

Expect mild to moderate pain

Expect more severe pain

Expect more severe pain

Expect more severe pain

Lift arms above head before leaving the hospital

Lift arms above head before leaving the hospital

Lift arms above head before leaving the hospital

Need for special surgical garment & bandages

Need for special surgical garment & bandages

Need for special surgical garment & bandages

Drive within a week

Drive within a week

Drive within a week

Moderate exercise after two weeks

Moderate exercise after two weeks

Moderate exercise after two weeks

Strong painkillers routinely required

Strong painkillers routinely required

Strong painkillers routinely required

Drains often required

Drains often required

Drains often required

Watch Medical Director, Daniel Fleming discuss MINKST Recovery technique