I am wanting to upsize my breast implants. I consulted one PS that said it would be very quick and simple to just swap them via transaxial since no other work was needed. I think he said he would do it with just local anesthesia but I might have just heard him wrong. My question is 'can this procedure be done with just a local'? It would be awesome if I were awake during procedure. Thanks in advance for your your response
Breast Implant Change Under Local?
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Breast surgery under local anesthesia
Revisionary breast implant surgery can certainly be done under local anesthesia, especially something as straightforward as a size change. I have done it many times. It is pretty easy to numb the entire breast with local anesthesia.
Breast Implant Exchange under Local
Yes, the operation can be done under local. However transaxillary approaches are tough this way.
If any pocket modification is necessary, than sedation will be necessary.
You should be prepared for this just in case.
Dr. Chris Saunders
Swapping implants under local.
This certainly can be done under local anesthesia as long as you are adequately anesthetized and comfortable. However if the pocket needs to be manipulated for a larger size implant this may be much more difficult to perform.
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Breast implant exchange under local
Breast Implant Exchange Under Local Anesthesia
If changing breast implants were done without any pocket modification, then it could easily be done under local anesthesia particularly through an inframammary fold incision. It becomes a bit more challenging (uncomfortable) to do that through a transaxillary approach so I would think that through very carefully. You want to have a successful and comfortable breast implant exchange procedure...not see how far you can push it with local anesthesia.
Implant swapping under local anesthesia is not ideal
I would offer sedation to any revisionary breast implant patient - its more comfortable for the patient and I can certainly do a better job for a sedated patient. Doing an implant swap under local anesthesia from the axillary approach seems very challenging. I would discuss this with your plastic surgeon.
Implant Size Change Under Local
I choose not to perform transaxillary augmentations, so I cannot definitely answer your question. However, there would be no problem doing this exchange via an infra-areolar or inframammary incision, so I think that should be the case with a transaxillary approach.
Breast implant change (axillary) under local? Probably not.
Our office prefers to have patients under general anesthesia for these types of procedures. The transaxillary approach will also increase the difficulty. Best to see a few board certified plastic surgeons before committing to surgery. Please do not let cost be the deciding factor.
Breast implant exchange under local not a good idea
I do not think it is a good idea to have a breast implant exchange procedure done under local anesthesia only. This could create a significant amount of discomfort for you as a patient. Please visit with a board certified PS to learn more about your options.
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