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What type of anesthesia is used for breast lift surgery?
We use IV sedation anesthesia, which is a very safe and effective method of anesthesia for breast lift surgery. IV sedation anesthesia is extremely safe compared to the standard general anesthesia techniques used today.
The main advantages of IV sedation anesthesia are:
- it does not require putting a breathing tube in the throat
- it does not require a breathing machine
- the recovery is much faster
- there is much less "hang-over" from anesthesia
- there is much less nausea
All these elements translate into greater comfort and safety.
During IV sedation anesthesia a small flexible IV (intravenous) needle is placed into one of the veins of the back of the hand. Through this IV line, relaxing medication is given to make you fall sleep. The amount of medication given is adjusted to the specific needs of each person. After you are sleeping, some numbing medicine is also placed into the breast tissues for additional post-operative comfort. The beauty of IV sedation anesthesia is that during the procedure you are unaware of anything going on and cannot hear anything, yet you are still breathing on your own.
When the procedure is finished, the relaxing medication is discontinued and you begin to wake up. Because the medications used in IV sedation anesthesia clear the system rather quickly, most of our patients are able to go home in less than 30 minutes after the procedure is completed. Our certified anesthesia providers can also offer General Anesthesia for breast lift surgery.