On a daily basis I answer questions regarding anesthesia options by patient’s considering breast augmentation at my Denver plastic surgery practice. Over the years, I have performed several hundreds of under-the-muscle breast augmentations procedures under IV sedation, and for me this anesthesia option is the way to go based on it’s many benefits. Some of those benefits include:
- A dramatic reduction in postoperative pain and recovery time. The anesthesiologists and CRNAs I have worked with over the years 100% agree that by thoroughly blocking the breast with long-acting local anesthesia, breast augmentation patients have a profound improvement in comfort following their surgery.
- A significant reduction in the chances of post-operative nausea and vomiting.
- Significant reduction in general fatigue, which is always seen in some degree with general anesthesia.
A few weeks ago I performed a breast augmentation under IV sedation while a fellow plastic surgeon was visiting from Europe. This surgeon regularly uses general anesthesia for his breast augmentation procedures. He was quite surprised to see our breast augmentation patient was awake, talking, smiling and reporting “no pain” and “just a little pressure, maybe a one or a two” immediately following her procedure.
The bottom line is this: both General Anesthesia and IV Sedation are options for Breast Augmentation, and both can be safely performed. The more important issues are being certain that your are selecting a reputable Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and are having your procedure performed in a Licensed and Accredited surgical facility. I recommend selecting a Plastic Surgeon that is a member of the ASPS and ASAPS. A surgeon with these credentials has board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, advanced education in aesthetic surgery and signifies that they will only perform surgical procedures in an accredited surgical facility.
If you are considering a breast augmentation in the Denver, Colorado area, please contact us to schedule a consultation.