Is Minimal Sedation W/ Local Anesthesia Possible for Subglandular Placement?

I was told I'm a good candidate for sub-glandular. With my very active lifestyle, and enough breast tissue to cover implants etc. - I want this approach. Is minimal sedation w/ local anesthesia possible? When they say "IV with Local", the amount of drugs, numbing meds used for this procedure are just about the same as when they do sub-muscular? Thanks : )

Doctor Answers 12

Sub glandular augmentation is rarely performed

Sub glandular augmentation is rarely performed by most plastic surgeons because of the significantly increased risks of capsular contracture and rippling. Most people who are still doing sub glandular augmentation do it so they can do the surgery in their office under sedation. This is not ideal. General anesthesia is very safe. Statistically, you are safer under general anesthesia than driving on the highway for an hour. I would strongly encourage you to get some other consultations.

Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Is Minimal Sedation W/ Local Anesthesia Possible for Subglandular Placement?

I am sure you could find someone to do this, but it would not be in our office. We do not perform any major procedure (yes, this is major surgery) without a board certified anesthesiologist at the patient's side to insure the patients' safety and comfort and he charges the same to sit there or to give a good and very safe general anesthetic. If you are awake and you begin having problems with discomfort, anxiety, claustrophobia, pressure sensations, a punctured lung from the needle (yes that is a reported complication with breast surgery), etc, there is little option other than to terminate the surgery. Just because you can do something does not mean you should.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Minimal sedation with local for breast augmentation

Thank you for your question. This is my preferred way of doing breast augmentation. I use the tumescent technique, just like for liposuction to numb up the breast tissue once you get intravenous sedation. The advantage of the tumescent solution is that it gives you good postoperative pain control without pain pump, requires less pain medication postop. I use a similar technique for submuscular placement. All my patients are able to leave the office 15 minutes after the surgery.

George Marosan, MD
Bellevue Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Breast Augmentation With Local/Sedation

It is certainly possible to perform an augmentation under local anesthesia with sedation.  Ten to fifteen years ago I did virtually all of my augmentations this way.  I think a good bit less anesthesia is required for subglandular implant placement.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Subglandular placement of implants is less painful

Subglandular placement of implants is definitely less painful and can be done with local anesthesia and IV sedation.

W. Tracy Hankins, MD
Henderson Plastic Surgeon
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The surgery can be performed with many combinations of anesthesia. You may not be a candidate for what you are requesting

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Breast augmentation and minimal sedation

Yes, a breast augmentation can be performed with some sedation and local.  It really depends upon the individual patient.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Minimal sedation

Yes it is possible, but not recommended. the most common and safest approach for breast augmentation is general anesthesia.


Scott Loessin, MD
Key West Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

Is Minimal Sedation W/ Local Anesthesia Possible for Subglandular Placement?

It is possible to perform subglandular or submuscular placement of implants using local anesthesia and IV anesthesia.  The patients wake up quickly following their surgery. Of course, appropriate monitoring is mandatory.

Thomas Guillot, MD
Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Local with Sedation and Subglandular Augmentation

    Yes, this can be done.  Subglandular is less painful than submuscular, especially postoperatively.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

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