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Are You Intubated During Breast Augmentation

Intubation is a common procedure in breast augmentation surgery. In this blog, we’ll discuss what intubation means, why it’s done, and what you can expect throughout the process.

What is intubation?

Intubation is a necessary step in many breast augmentation procedures. It involves placing a tube into your throat to help you breathe during surgery.

Why do I need intubation?

The reason you may need intubation varies depending on your procedure and your health history. For example, if you’re having a breast lift with implants, or if your surgeon feels that there is any chance of complications during surgery, they may recommend intubation as a way to ensure that you are breathing safely while they work on your body.

How long will it take? How do I prepare?

Typically, intubation will last just one or two minutes while the tube is being inserted into place and secured by tape or other means at either end where it meets with your face or neck respectively (these connections are known as ‘tension points’ because they hold everything together). This can take place before or after anesthesia has been administered

In this article we will discuss general anesthesia for breast augmentation and how long are you under anesthesia for breast augmentation

Are You Intubated During Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Anesthesia – 3 Big Questions
We get a lot of questions about anesthesia, especially from women considering breast augmentation. It’s completely natural to feel a little anxious about this aspect of enhancing your breasts, but asking questions and doing a little research are the best ways to give you peace of mind.

To get you started, here are the answers to three of the most frequently asked questions about anesthesia during breast implant surgery.

Will I Be Completely Asleep?
Breast augmentation requires general anesthesia, even though it is a fairly quick procedure to perform (45 minutes to 1 hour in most cases). This means you will be completely asleep and unaware of what’s going on around you. This also means that you won’t remember anything about the procedure itself when you wake up.

If you are combining your augmentation with a breast lift or body contouring procedure such as liposuction or a tummy tuck, you will be under general anesthesia for a longer period of time. Throughout your procedure at our accredited surgery center, a certified anesthesia provider is closely monitoring your vital signs while Dr. Harrington and her surgical staff complete the procedure.

Is Anesthesia Painful?
No, today’s advanced anesthesia techniques are not painful. Anesthesia can be administered via gas or IV, so the most uncomfortable part would be the pinprick you might feel if you’ll be getting an IV. Otherwise, you shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort.

How Long Does It Take to Wake up after Anesthesia?

Arrange for someone to drive you to and from your breast augmentation surgery.

It usually takes 30 minutes to an hour to wake up after anesthesia, but you shouldn’t drive for at least 24 hours after your surgery.

Dr. Harrington will prescribe you pain medication to handle discomfort and speed recovery following breast implant surgery. Heed all warnings and indications on your prescription medicine as well.

Breast Implants – Certain Labeling Recommendations to Improve Patient Communication Final Guidance
The final guidance, Breast Implants – Certain Labeling Recommendations to Improve Patient Communication, provides recommendations concerning the content and format for certain labeling information for saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants, including:

Boxed warning (page 4 of the guidance)
Patient decision checklist (page 5 of the guidance)
Materials/device descriptions, including types and quantities of chemicals and heavy metals found in or released by breast implants
Silicone gel-filled breast implant rupture screening recommendations
Patient device card
The recommendations in this guidance supplement the recommendations in the FDA’s Saline, Silicone Gel, and Alternative Breast Implants guidance, issued September 29, 2020 superseding the prior version dated

Breast implant surgery can be performed in a hospital or surgery center. Breast implant surgery patients may have to stay overnight in the hospital (inpatient surgery) or may be able to go home afterward (outpatient surgery). The surgery can be done under local anesthesia, where the patient remains awake and only the breast is numbed to block the pain, or under general anesthesia, where medicine is given to make the patient sleep. Most women receive general anesthesia for this surgery. Breast implant surgery can last from one to several hours depending on the procedure and personal circumstances.

If the surgery is done in a hospital, the length of the hospital stay will vary based on the type of surgery, any complications after surgery, and your general health. The length of the hospital stay may also depend on the type of coverage your insurance provides.

On this page:

Surgical Mesh and Breast Surgery
Surgical Consultation
Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Having Breast Implant Surgery
Related Links
Surgical Mesh and Breast Surgery
Surgical mesh is typically a flexible, thin flat sheet, usually made of nondegradable synthetic materials, biodegradable synthetic materials, or from animal- or human-derived tissues called acellular dermal matrices (ADM). Surgical mesh is a medical device, regulated by the FDA.

The FDA has not cleared or approved any surgical mesh for use with breast implants or in breast reconstruction, and thus has not reviewed potential benefits and risks for these uses. The FDA recommends that patients discuss the benefits and risks of mesh with their health care providers.

Surgical Consultation
Photo of a physican and patient having a discussion
Before surgery you should have a consultation with your surgeon. Be prepared to ask questions about the surgeon’s experience, your surgery and expected outcomes. The FDA has provided a list of questions that may help guide your discussion. The surgeon should be able to discuss whether you are a good candidate for breast implants, the different type of implants, options for size, shape, surface texture, and placement based on your particular circumstances, as well as the risks and benefits of implant surgery. The surgeon should also be able to provide you with before and after pictures of other patients to help you better understand your expectations and potential outcomes from surgery.

During the consultation you will need to discuss your medical history, including any medical conditions or drug allergies you may have. You should also discuss any previous surgeries you’ve had, especially to the breast, and what drugs you are currently taking, including supplements, herbal and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. It is important to tell the surgeon if you think you may be pregnant.

If you are undergoing breast implant surgery for reconstruction, you will also need to speak with your surgeon about your personal circumstances, including being treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, as these can affect your risks of complication and the appearance of the reconstructed breast. The surgeon should also speak to you about the amount of breast tissue that will remain after surgery and future screening for breast implant ruptures and breast cancer.

During the consultation, be sure to ask the surgeon for a copy of the patient labeling for the breast implant she or he plans to use. This should include a patient booklet/brochure that includes important information about your specific breast implant, as well as a boxed warning and patient decision checklist. You have the right to request this information, and your physician is expected to provide it.

Be sure to read the patient labeling entirely prior to surgery. Please know that this patient labeling is intended to enhance, but not replace, the discussion you have with your physician about the benefits and risks of breast implants as they uniquely pertain to you.

After reviewing the information in the patient booklet/brochure for the specific implant that will be used, please read and discuss the items in the checklist carefully in consultation with your physician. You should place your initials in the location provided next to each item to indicate that you have read and understood the item and that your physician has answered all questions to your satisfaction. In addition, please make sure you read and understand the informed consent form before you sign it. If you decide to proceed with the surgery, your physician should also provide you with a patient device card after your surgery that has information on each of your specific implants.

Breast implant manufacturers may be conducting clinical studies to evaluate breast implants and to understand the long term experiences of women who receive breast implants. If you are interested in participating in a clinical study, be sure to ask your surgeon what specific steps you will need to take.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Having Breast Implant Surgery
When choosing a surgeon for a breast implant procedure, you may want to consider their years of experience, their board certification, their patient follow-up, and your own comfort level with the surgeon. Most breast implant procedures are performed by board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons. The following questions can help guide your discussion with your surgeon regarding breast implant surgery.

Questions to Ask…
About Your Surgeon
How many breast implant procedures do you do each year?
What percentage of your practice is dedicated to breast augmentation? To breast reconstruction?
What type of implants do you use? Saline or silicone? What is your experience with each?
What is the most common complication you encounter with breast implant surgery?
What is your rate of complications in general (capsule contracture, infection, etc.)?
What is your reoperation rate?
What is the most common type of reoperation you perform?
About Breast Implants and Expected Outcomes
What shape, size, and surface texture are you recommending for my implants?
Why are you recommending one type of breast implant over another? Why do you recommend this one for me?
How long will my breast implants last?
What incision site and placement are you recommending for me?
Do you have before and after photos I can look at for each procedure?
What results are reasonable for me to expect?
How will breast implants feel? Will they alter my breast skin or nipple sensation?
What are the risks and complications associated with having breast implants?
Can I still get breast implants for augmentation if I have a strong family history of breast cancer?
How many additional operations on my breast implants can I expect to have over my lifetime?
How will I be able to tell if my breast implant has ruptured or if there is a problem with my breast implants?
How will my breasts look if I decide to have the implants removed and not replaced?
How easy or difficult is it to remove the implants?
How easy or difficult is it to increase the size of the implants after the breast implants have been placed?
What can I expect my breasts to look like over time? What do I need to do to maintain them?
What kind of additional follow-up will I need?
What are the long-term consequences of breast implants?
What will my breasts look like after pregnancy? After breastfeeding?
Will the breast implants affect my ability to breastfeed a baby?
What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my breast implants?
Can I still get mammograms with breast implants in place?
Will the mammogram rupture my breast implant?
What alternate procedures or products are available besides breast implants?
About the Breast Implant Operation
How long will I be in pain after the surgery?
What is my expected recovery time?
Will I need help at home for normal activities after the surgery and if so for about how long?
How long do you expect my operation to take?
What (if any) secondary procedures associated with my breast augmentation/breast reconstruction will be required?
How likely is it that I will get an infection after the surgery?
How much risk is there from the anesthesia?
What can I do to minimize the risk of short-term and long-term complications?
Where will my scar be?

General Anesthesia For Breast Augmentation

The type of anesthesia most frequently utilized by plastic surgeons is general anesthesia.

An IV sedation is used to provide medications, immediately putting the patient into an unconscious, pain-free state.

A breathing tube must be inserted in the trachea since general anesthesia essentially temporarily paralyzes a patient, preventing them from moving or feeling discomfort. Throughout the procedure, the patient will need to breathe using a ventilator.

Although general anesthesia is a common choice among plastic surgeons, it has a number of unfavorable side effects, some of which include:

nausea and vomiting when you first wake up
An extended, drug-like hangover that persists for several days following the operation
throat pain from the breathing tube
Because these areas haven’t been locally numbed, the pain from surgery is quickly felt after general anaesthetic wears off.
Emmett Plastic Surgery abstains from using general anesthesia for all of our operations due to these factors.

How Long Are You Under Anesthesia For Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a common cosmetic surgery procedure in which breast implants are used to increase the size and improve the shape of a woman’s breasts. Before the procedure, patients are typically given either general anesthesia or local anesthesia, depending on the specific needs of the surgery.

In the case of breast augmentation surgery, each patient will receive general anesthesia at a different time. However, the majority of patients experience anesthesia for less than 3 hours, with many undergoing anesthesia for just under 2 hours. The use of both local anesthesia, which numbs the chest area, and general anesthesia can improve patient comfort before, during, and immediately following the operation.

During some breast augmentation procedures, such as combined breast lift surgeries or revision procedures, longer periods under general anesthesia may be necessary. This is often determined by the complexity of the surgery and the specific needs of the patient.

Overall, the use of anesthesia in breast augmentation surgeries is essential for ensuring patient comfort and safety during the procedure. By tailoring the type and duration of anesthesia to each individual patient, plastic surgeons can provide the best possible outcomes for their patients.

In conclusion, anesthesia plays a crucial role in breast augmentation surgeries, with most patients experiencing anesthesia for less than 3 hours. By utilizing both local and general anesthesia, plastic surgeons can ensure the comfort and safety of their patients throughout the procedure.

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