General anesthesia versus IV sedation
Thank you for your question. Both types of anesthesia can provide a safe and comfortable platform for breast augmentation surgery. It is more important that you feel comfortable with your surgeon and the surgical plan as this is ultimately what you will be remembering after the procedure.
Anesthesia-- Advantages and Disadvantages of Twilight
It’s possible to perform combination breast augmentation,
breast lift surgery utilizing either IV sedation or general anesthesia.Each approach has advantages and
disadvantages and both approaches have advocates.
It’s important that anesthesia be administered by a board
certified anesthesiologist irregardless of the type of anesthesia
utilized.This is an important point
because IV sedation is occasionally administered without an anesthesiologist as
a cost cutting maneuver.When this
happens, your surgeon is also your anesthesiologist.
I generally prefer general anesthesia for a variety of
reasons.I typically place implants
beneath the muscle and feel that general anesthesia makes the experience more
comfortable for my patients.With newer
anesthetic agents, patients tend to recover quickly with less nausea and fewer
It’s important to discuss these issues with your plastic
surgeon before proceeding with surgery.It’s important that both of you are comfortable with the choice of anesthesia.In some cases, it might also be helpful to
meet with the anesthesiologist before proceeding with surgery.
Breast Lifting and Type of Anesthesia?http://youtu.be/HGkTDGPjJzE
Thank you for the question.
There is absolutely no evidence that “twilight sedation” is safer or provides for a better experience/outcome for patients undergoing plastic surgical procedures. In my practice I prefer the use of general anesthesia provided by board-certified plastic surgeon who knows my routine well.
In regards to finding a plastic surgeon in your area, I would suggest starting with the American Society of Plastic Surgery and/or the Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgery to obtain a list of well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.
Then, I would suggest you visit a few surgeons whose practices concentrate on aesthetic surgery. Ask to see lots of examples of their work and preferably speak/see patients who have had similar procedures done.
You will find, while doing your due diligence, that there are many different “specialties” who will offer their services to you; again, I strongly recommend you concentrate on surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
I hope this helps.
Twilight vs. General
I recommend that you focus on the anesthesia provider rather than the type of anesthesia. I insist on a board certified M.D. anesthesiologist to provide my patients' anesthesia care. Most of my patients undergo breast lift/implant surgery under LMA (laryngeal mask airway) anesthesia, but depending on their history, anatomy, etc., the anesthesiologist may recommend endotracheal intubation or a lighter form of anesthesia called MAC (monitored anesthesia care).
Breast lift with implants using twilight sedation
There are many ways to perform a breast lift with implants. Patients that receive twilight sedation will not be aware of their surroundings and will not be completely asleep. It is important to ensure that your board-certified plastic surgeon has a great deal of experience performing this procedure with this type of anesthesia. The anesthesiologist must be very vigilant to make sure that you are comfortable but that you do not experience pain. The portion of the procedure that will create the most discomfort is the elevation of the muscle and the placement of the implant. If you choose to proceed with this level of anesthesia, be sure that the facility you are using has board-certified anesthesiologists who are ready to administer general anesthesia is necessary.
Board Certified Anesthesiologist very important for breast lift with breast implants.
Both twilight anesthesia and general anesthesia are very safe and equally safe for breast lift with breast implants. The important question is WHO is giving you the anesthesia. Also make sure you are done in an ACCREDITED operating room.
Type of Anesthesia
Twilight anesthesia may not be safer than general anesthesia especially if you are going to be under for a while, as you will be for a breast augmentation and breast lift.
So I would be very carefull in regards to this. As long as you are healthy and have no medical problems that you may be ok for general anesthesia.
BAM: Do you really want your plastic surgeon to be your anesthesiologist?
There are many issues here:
1) Some people believe twiligtht is safer.
This is not necessarily the case.
2) Some believe it is less expensive
Only if your surgeon is the anesthesiologist and do you want him or her to worry about the heart rate, oxygenation, and blood pressure while giving you anesthesia or do you want him/her to focus on your surgery
3) Is your implant under or over the muscle.
If under the muscle, it may be difficult to adequately anesthetise the area especially while inflating the implant and stretching the muscle. This may involve injecting close to the ribs.
If the implant is to be placed over the muscle, it is possible to deliver local anesthetic under IV sedations
4) In any instance make sure you have a certified anesthesiologist delvier your anesthesia
The risks of twilight essentially include nearly all the same risks as a general anesthetic.
Go with a general anesthesia by a physician anesthesiologist
A twilight sedation for a breast augmentation is usually supplemented by nerve blocks with local anesthesia. I am aware of a situation where these were done and punctured the lungs causing serious complications. Under a light general by a physician anesthesiologist, these nerve injections are not necessary and this risk is eliminated.
Be sure there's an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist giving anesthesia...
I'm also a proponent of general anesthesia...not because it can't be done under sedation, its just much more patient dependent and the chance of inadaquate anesthesia is higher than it would be with general.
The point I wanted to add was to be sure its not THE SURGEON giving the anesthesia. Unfortunately, some docs recommend sedation to cut corners. They give the anesthesia AND do the surgery. Obviously, you can't keep track of both at the same time and, even with a nurse helping you, its not the safe way to go. Insist on a licensed, board certified anesthesia provider.