SOURCE: Cummings Plastic Surgery

May 23, 2012 05:06 ET

North Carolina Plastic Surgeon Quickens Recovery Time for Breast Augmentation

KINSTON, NC--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - With the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reporting that breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed over the past two years, demand for the safest, most effective techniques with the best results has become an increasingly important emphasis from patients. Dr. Richard Cummings, a plastic surgeon in North Carolina, says an innovative technique he has employed at his practice is helping patients achieve a quicker recovery time as well. Dr. Cummings says many of his patients request this approach because it allows them to get back to their daily routines such as shopping, school, or work within a day or two.

At his North Carolina plastic surgery practice, Dr. Cummings has performed close to 7,000 breast augmentation procedures using the technique he calls the "Rapid Recovery" approach. Developed by a plastic surgeon in Dallas, the approach utilizes minimal incisions and early post-op motion to reduce the amount of recovery time required for patients to return to normal activities. He says his patients are driving their cars on the day after their surgery. Additionally, Dr. Cummings says taking a customized approach to each patient's particular needs helps him work with their body to find the right treatment plan that will adapt best to their situation and promote a quicker, safer, and more efficient recovery.

Over the past ten years, Dr. Cummings says his unique approach to breast augmentation in North Carolina has allowed patients to get back to their daily lives in a matter of days. He says he tells patients they should experience some soreness following the procedure, but this usually dissipates a few days following the procedure. He says his patients can go out to dinner with their families the night of the procedure, can often go shopping the next day, and are back to work or school two days later: "Time is money for everyone nowadays. No one has time to lie around at home anymore."

Dr. Cummings says he is excited about the latest developments in plastic surgery procedures like the Rapid Recovery approach to breast augmentation and looks forward to the future of aesthetic enhancements as researchers and medical professionals continue to pursue perfection in techniques and results. With the increase in popularity and approval of cosmetic surgery, he says patients now have a host of innovative technology at their fingertips for enhancing their appearance and improving confidence. However, Dr. Cummings does stress the importance of making sure one's surgeon has extensive experience in performing breast augmentation procedures before choosing a breast augmentation surgeon.

About Richard E. Cummings, MD

A graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Richard Cummings completed his internship and general surgery residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the Miami V.A. Hospital. He completed his plastic surgery residency at Cook County Hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital, the Hines V.A. Hospital, and at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Cummings has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and serves as the Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. He has performed over 7,000 breast augmentation procedures in his more than 30 years of experience as a plastic surgeon.

Located at 5080 Hwy 70 West in Kinston, NC, Dr. Cummings' practice can be reached at (252) 523-7082 or at (800) 682-2662. He can also be contacted online via the websites,, or the Cummings Plastic Surgery Facebook page.

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