Breast Augmentation: General Anesthesia vs Twilight Sedation

One thing most of us women have in common is that we don’t want to be awake during our breast augmentation, and we definitely don’t want to wake up during it!

Thanks to twilight sedation and general anesthesia, we can be blissfully out of it while undergoing our procedure, which typically lasts between 1-1 ½ hours. With both forms of sedation you will be fully conscious one moment and completely unaware the next, but I thought you might like to know the differences so you can decide which type of sedation is best for you...

General Anesthesia during a Breast Augmentation

General anesthesia is the most popular choice for many surgeries. One dose injected by a certified anesthesiologist erases pain, wipes awareness, restricts the body from movement, and inhibits the formation of new memories. Since you are completely unconscious, your vitals will be closely monitored to prevent any complications and a breathing tube may be used if necessary.

For some, waking up after anesthesia is incredibly difficult.

Many of us, including myself, get sick and even vomit. Such fun! :-)

Twilight Sedation during a Breast Augmentation

Unlike traditional anesthesia, twilight sedation allows your body to stay awake, granting you control of your own breathing and other body functions. Instead of being completely knocked out, you are simply sedated—so you won't likely need a breathing tube. Still, you won’t remember a thing because memory receptors are blocked.

Twilight sedation can seem scary to some, afraid they will be awake during their surgery and feel everything. I've yet to meet someone who experienced anything crazy with twilight sedation, and most are thankful for less grogginess and a more affordable bill when coming to.

Personally, I would be fine with either one. I know I'll get sick after General Anesthesia, but I'd rather the surgeon and his team use whichever they are most comfortable with.

Thoughts from Dr. Glenn Davis

In our office, we find that general anesthesia provides the safest and best experience for you during a breast augmentation surgery.

There are many ways to prevent or limit any side effects related to the anesthesia, and it provides the most controlled environment for your surgery. We have hand picked an outstanding group of anesthesia providers, ensuring you the safest and most comfortable experience.