What anaesthetic is used in breast enlargement surgery?

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The kind of anaesthetic used may differ depending on your surgeon and certain aspects of your individual surgery, which will be discussed and decided upon at your initial consultation. Usually, a general anaesthetic is used. It is, however, not uncommon for a local anaesthetic to be used, also known as ‘twilight surgery’. Twilight surgery involves a general anaesthetic with additional sedation; you would be awake during the procedure but sedated, and would not feel any pain. This is suitable for anyone who may be sensitive to general anaesthetics, feels uncomfortable with it, or has certain pre-existing medical conditions which could make general anaesthesia unsuitable, and it does not carry the risks that a general anaesthetic does. However, it is important to bear in mind that all anaesthetics come with their own risks, so this will be discussed with you at your initial consultation, and your medical history will always be taken into account. Breast enlargement is of course a relatively very short procedure, which greatly minimises risks with anaesthesia.

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