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The Debate over IV Sedation and General Anesthesia for Breast Augmentation

Last year the New York Times called attention to a long-simmering debate in plastic surgery: should procedures such as breast augmentation be performed with general anesthesia or with local anesthesia and IV sedation?

Really, though, the debate highlighted by the Times was actually two debates confused into one. On the one hand, there is professional disagreement among plastic surgeons about which technique is better. On the other hand, there is debate about physicians not trained in plastic surgery who perform breast augmentation and other procedures. These neophytes to plastic surgery favor IV sedation because it requires less certification and it’s cheaper for them.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger generally uses general anesthesia for most of his breast augmentation procedures. He believes – and his experience has confirmed – that it is the safest and most effective way to perform the procedure.

If you are talking to a breast surgeon who offers breast augmentation with IV sedation, make sure he or she is also capable of performing the procedure with general anesthesia. This will ensure you have every option available to you should you decide that general anesthesia is the right method for you.

To learn more about your anesthesia options and why we prefer general anesthesia, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation. We serve patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

How do I Find the Best Breast Augmentation Surgeon?

Choosing the right plastic surgeon for your breast augmentation is vital for ensuring a safe, comfortable procedure and achieving pleasing, long-lasting results. But it’s also important to work with a breast augmentation surgeon with whom you’ll feel comfortable through the preoperative process, the surgery itself, and your recovery.

As breast augmentation is consistently among the most popular plastic surgery procedures, it’s possible you already know someone who has undergone the procedure. Referrals from friends, family and colleagues can be a good starting point for finding the best breast augmentation surgeon for you.

The Internet can be another valuable source for researching potential breast augmentation surgeons. Many reputable plastic surgeons will post patient testimonials and before-and-after photos of their work on their websites.

Most plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgery centers will also post information regarding surgeons’ education, certifications, specialized training and general experience on their websites. When considering any plastic surgery procedure including breast augmentation, it’s important to verify that the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

Dr. David Bottger is ABPS certified and has extensive experience performing breast augmentation surgery. As a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Dr. Bottger is a proven leader in the field of plastic surgery and is dedicated to offering the highest level of patient care using the most advanced surgical techniques and state-of-the-art technology.

If you’re interested in breast augmentation, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Bottger serves patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.