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General or “Twilight” Anesthesia for Breast Augmentations?

Over more than twenty two years of practicing plastic surgery in the Scottsdale, Glendale and Phoenix metropolitan area, I have seen countless patients in consultation who have shared with me their extremely unpleasant and very painful experiences of having had their breast enlargement performed elsewhere with “twilight” anesthesia (awake but sedated). Many of them stated that they felt totally awake and were quite apprehensive throughout the procedure. Their final result might have been good but their negative experiences left an indelible mark.

My unequivocal recommendation for anesthesia for a breast enlargement and what I use for all of my patients is general anesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist, a doctor specializing in this area. You simply go to sleep, wake up and remember nothing until after you have been in the recovery room for a while. No anxiety and no unpleasant experiences. Period!

An overwhelming majority of board certified Plastic Surgeons use general anesthesia when performing breast augmentations as well as breast lifts and breast revision surgery and do so in fully accredited facilities such as outpatient centers and hospitals. Your safety and the pleasantness of the experience are of utmost importance.

You also should be aware that many of the physicians either marketing or using a “twilight” anesthetic for their patients’ breast augmentations are not board certified plastic surgeons. More often than not, they may be an obstetrician-gynecologist, general surgeon, an internist or even a family practitioner. Compounding this quality and safety issue even further, they may have the anesthesia delivered either by a nurse anesthetist or by a standard nurse or
other office personnel under their direction.

Do you really want to risk your health, safety, well-being and results to maybe save some money – at least in the very short term?

I didn’t think so!

If you would like additional information on anesthesia and breast augmentations, breast lifts or breast revisions or on any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform or to schedule a free consultation with me, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona