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Awake Breast Augmentation New Jersey Dr. Glicksman

Awake Breast Augmentation New Jersey Dr. Glicksman

An article in the NY Times Awake for Breast Implants? If You Wish reported on the controversial technique called awake breast augmentation that has  recently been hyped and marketed.  Dr.  Caroline Glicksman an  expert surgeon in New Jersey and  Medical Advisory Board Member and Chair of the Breast Committee for The Plastic Surgery Channel discusses AWAKE breast augmentation and  describe several potentially dangerous and concerning aspects of this technique that  patients should know about.

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Breast  Augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures.  It is also one of the most  heavily marketed procedures and one of the most misunderstood procedures.   Awake breast augmentation  has been promoted as  being a cheaper alternative, but Dr. Glicksman explains that this is potentially a dangerous approach.  Perhaps more alarming is the  claims that awake breast augmentation allows   the patient to participate in the selection  of implant size during the procedure.  This is also a fallacy and  is contradictory to what the  world breast experts like  Dr Glicksman teach their patients everyday – including that actually  measuring the breast and doing what is known as  “tissue based planning” where an implant  that “fits” that patient’s breast has been scientifically proven to  produce better and safer patient outcomes.  The  notion that a patient can actually make any reliable judgment while under IV sedation and  draped on an operating room table is also misleading, unproven, and dangerous.

Lastly the when seeking a breast augmentation make sure to  do your homework, seek a board certified plastic surgeon who has special expertise in breast surgery and make sure your surgeon has hospital privileges to perform breast augmentation as this is another good safety measure for patients to confirm.

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  1. Kim Yorke

    December 23, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Enjoyed Dr. Glicksman’s clip. Looking forward to seeing more of them.

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