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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.