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. Van Natta from Indianapolis, Indiana and Dr. Caroline Glicksman explain 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.
An article in the NY Times in 2010 entitled Awake for Breast Implants? If You Wish reported on this technique that has recently been hyped and marketed. Drs. Bruce Van Natta and Caroline Glicksman expert surgeons and Medical Advisory Board Members and co-chairs of the Breast Committee for The Plastic Surgery Channel discuss AWAKE breast augmentation and describe several potentially dangerous and concerning aspects of this technique that patients should know about.
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.