If you are preparing for a breast lift, you may have questions about how the procedure will go. In many cases, we have found patients come to us, nervous about being put fully to sleep and seeking information on the possibility of their surgery being done under local anesthesia. While this may seem like a tempting option, it is important to know what you may be getting yourself into. Having performed countless successful breast lift surgeries, here is our perspective: Understanding Local Anesthesia If you are interested in having your surgery performed under local anesthesia, it is first important for you to fully understand what this means. With local anesthesia, only the surgical site is injected with medication. This means that while the breast area will have no sensation, you will be awake and aware for the entire procedure, which will likely take multiple hours. The drawback with local anesthesia is that there are limits to how much of this type of drug you can receive before reaching toxic doses. This can pose serious complications, considering the length of the surgery, and does not provide any relaxation for you during this time. Understanding General Anesthesia Under general anesthesia, you will be put to sleep and have no awareness of what is taking place during the surgery. While you are in this state, your vital signs are constantly monitored and your muscles are more relaxed–allowing for the surgeon to perform her job without any interference from your potentially resisting muscles. Local Anesthesia Is Generally Not Advised Due to the potential complications that can arise from local anesthesia, we generally do not advise this option for patients seeking a breast lift. At Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery, our priority is creating impeccable results that will far exceed your expectations. In order to do this, it is important to create a surgical environment that is most conducive to success. That said, if you have concerns about the type of anesthesia that will be used during your surgery, we are more than happy to answer your questions. The best way to determine what kind of anesthetic will be best suited to your needs is to schedule a consultation. Dr. Nia Banks is a skilled and experienced surgeon who keeps her patients’ best interests at heart, so rest assured we would be glad to speak with you. If you live in the D.C. area and are ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.