Breast Augmentation: Do I Really Need a General Anesthetic?

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Will I need general anesthesia for my breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a popular procedure and there are various ways that plastic surgeons perform it. Most utilize a general anesthetic for the procedure. Dr. Jewell does this differently, as for most healthy women, it is possible to perform breast augmentation comfortably and safely without a general anesthetic. If a patient wants to have a general anesthetic for her breast augmentation, that’s her decision, but the majority of healthy women can have their surgery performed under intravenous sedation and local anesthesia.

Dr. Jewell has an office surgery unit like no other. The surgery unit is inspected and accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (Quad A-SF). This means that his facility follows policies, guidelines, and has a peer review of its cases. Dr. Jewell and his nurses are trained in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). We utilize state of the art monitoring equipment, just like at the hospital or surgery center. There is nothing omitted or bypassed in the way that Dr. Jewell does surgery in his facility, including screening for Covid-19.

We have found that patients like the option of having their breast augmentation performed in this way, without the “hangover” of general anesthesia or higher risk of nausea and vomiting after general anesthesia. Dr. Jewell also states that there is a very low risk of deep vein thrombosis with his approach, as compared to general anesthesia.

Dr. Jewell’s outcome data with regards to safety, quality, and patient satisfaction is excellent. His outcome data of never having an infection following primary augmentation surgery in almost 43 years is the best in the world. His long-term capsular contracture is also low, at 2.5% due to his techniques. Patients appreciate having a custom-designed surgical experience for their breast augmentation with Dr. Mark Jewell.

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