Estimated Surgery Time for Breast Augmentation and Thigh Liposuction?

I have had one surgeon and they said 2 hours and another said 4 hrs. I am wondering why such a difference? I am nervous about anesthesia. I have two small kids.

Doctor Answers 17

A "stitch in time"

You may get various ranges in time when you ask different surgeons.  Some surgeon operate a slightly faster pace, and different techniques may take longer.  The bottom line you need to decide the surgeon you trust and forward from that point.

Take care.

Surgery time depends on the surgeon

Some surgeons are very fast, some are slower; speed does not determine how good a surgeon is. Also some surgeons work in centers where surgery time is charged by increments. In this case, the time quote you are given may be on the higher side, to avoid having you get a balance bill if the case goes longer than 2 hours. If a surgeon works in his office OR, he does not have to worry about charging you more if he takes longer than he originally told you. A range of 2-4 hours is reasonable for the procedures you are planning.

Most importantly, you should know that if you are healthy and the surgery is being done in a certified operating room with board certified anesthesiologists and by a board certified plastic surgeon, your risk from surgery should be very low, even if you need 4 hours of surgery. Choose the surgeon with whom you are most comfortable.

Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
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Time of surgery for breast augmentation and liposuction

The time for surgery will depend on many factors, a good estimate for this two procedures is 3 hours, however there is no question that the chance of complications is directly related to the time of surgery. When talking to the surgeon ask him/her to explain how the conclusion of time was reached.

Victor M. Perez, MD, FACS
Kansas City Plastic Surgeon
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The length of time required for surgery will vary with the surgeon

Hi there-

The reason you have gotten different time estimates is that surgeons vary in their techniques, and in the pace at which they operate.

This does not necessarily mean one is better than another, but if the outcomes they achieve are equivalent, you will be safer in the hands of the surgeon who can do the job in less time, as the risks associated with anesthesia are mostly related to the length of the operation.

Make sure you are comparing apples to apples, and that the outcomes you are being offered are equivalent in your eyes.

Time for breast augmentation and thigh liposuction

Two hours is a relatively short time to accomplish both and four hours is relatively long but not if that includes liposuciton of the inner and outer thighs and hips.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Estimated surgery time for Breast Augmentation and thigh Liposuction

The best answer is to give you a range from 2 hours to 3 hours at most. Discuss your concerns with the operating surgeon to alleviate these anesthesia issues. Regards.

Time for a Breast Augmentation / Thigh Liposuction

The time under anesthesia depends on what exactly needs to be done. Obviously, liposuctioning the thighs of a 170 pounds 6 foot woman would take longer than those of a 5'3' 130 pound woman. Personally, I think anyone who says he/she can do a breast augmentation and liposuction of the thighs in 2 hours is either exaggerating / fibbing or operating too fast and cutting corners (no pun intended). A surgery should take what it should take to do a great job.

Surgical speed was needed before the introduction of anesthesia in 1847; These days while efficient surgery is to be respected, fast surgery with average to poor results (to allow stuffing more cases per day and generate more income) is to be avoided.

Pick a board certified surgeon you trust (check and you WILL get the results you want.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Time of surgery for breast augmentation and liposuction

The time estimate really depends on your surgeon and the amount of liposuction you need to have done. Some surgeons need 2 hours for a breast augmentation, others require only 1 hour. If your second surgeon was proposing more liposuction than your first surgeon, this would alter the time estimate. I recommend calling both surgeons and clarifying the time estimate, which will allow you to make a more informed choice. Best wishes, /nsn.

Nina S. Naidu, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Estimated surgery time may be apples and oranges

When you say "thigh liposuction" this can mean a lot of different things. Are you talking about the outer thighs and or inner thighs? Do you need some suctioning on the front of the thigh?

If you do liposuction on the inner thighs and a breast augmentation, this could easily be done in two hours. If you have other areas of suctioning on the thighs it will take longer than two hours.

The amount of surgery time is not that critical for a safe anesthetic. Make sure the facility is accredited and your surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery and you will be in good hands.

Best Wishes.

Dr. Peterson

Marcus L. Peterson, MD
Saint George Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Time estimate for surgery

Without photos, it is impossible to estimate time for your surgery. Also, every patient is different, so it is best to ask for a range for surgery. In general, if a patient is having a straight-forward breast augmentation and thigh liposuction, I estimate around 2 to 3 hours total. This includes being put under anesthesia, performing the operation and waking up from anesthesia. I hope this is helpful.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

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