Breast Enlargement Under Local Anaesthetic – Everything You Need to Know (Plus a Patient Testimonial)

Are you happy with your overall body shape? Have your breasts reduced in mass and shape due to recent weight loss? You’ve probably considered breast augmentation but wondered whether you could have it done awake.

We take you through what a patient of Linia Cosmetic Surgery had to say and her experience of the procedure. But first, we’ll take you through the procedure and the benefits.

It may be that you have always had a small chest and have trouble finding the style of clothes you want to wear that will fit you. Perhaps you have already had a tummy tuck, body lift and other cosmetic surgery and want to benefit from further surgery but don’t want to go under again.

That’s what we’re going to tackle today in this blog.

Breast implants can help to combat self-esteem and self-confidence issues you may have, whether you’ve always had smaller breasts nor not.

The problem is that maybe you’ve had enough work done and don’t really want to go under the knife and have full general anesthesia or maybe you are just scared and not keen on the after-effects.

Can you have breast augmentation under local Anaesthetic?

Whatever your reasons, the good news is that you don’t need to have some cosmetic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation, under general anesthesia.

Yes, it is possible and becoming more commonplace for patients to have a breast enlargement and breast augmentation with a local anaesthetic rather than general anesthesia.

Particularly, if the implants are going to placed below the breast tissue, but over the muscle.

For more information on getting a breast augmentation under local procedure, book your consultation today

What type of sedation is used for breast augmentation awake?

With awake breast augmentations (you can read another of our patient case studies by clicking that link) procedures such as breast implant surgery, you are given the sedation and a numbing agent into the area too by the plastic surgeon.

This has been used for many years in other plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery treatments like liposuction and eyelid surgery (to name two extremely popular surgical procedures) and is tumescent and consists of the epinephrine to control the bleeding and the anaesthetic, lidocaine.

What are the advantages of being awake during a boob job?

One of the most important questions you will have to think about when deciding whether you want to have surgery involving general or local anesthesia.

To come to the decision you will have to consider the pros and cons, and whether there are any risks to this kind of breast implant surgery.

Breast surgery, in general, offers many great benefits, so when it is performed by a surgeon with local anesthesia, some patients feel there are even more.

Having breast implants, like other invasive forms of cosmetic surgery, is traditionally performed with the use of anaesthetic.

Although it is relatively safe and can mean that a patient experiences less pain and distress. One of the major issues with anaesthetics is how it works.

woman after breast surgery with local anasthetic talking to surgeon

It cuts off the nerve signals between the body and brain, which means it prevents you from experiencing pain but also paralyses you while the surgery is performed.

Although this still happens when local anesthesia is used, it is far more localised and targeted, therefore, does not carry the same risks.

As you would be awake, though calm, It also means for the duration of the procedure, you will avoid the disorientation and nausea that is often associated with having it done under a general.

Furthermore, you can generally start to recover and get back to doing normal things after having breast implants, a breast reduction, breast lift or any other form of augmentation procedure.

Breast implants patients can eat, drink and move around with little to no restriction afterwards.

It’s not quite as simple as having fully non-surgical procedures, as the surgery is still very much an invasive one, but it also means you don’t need to spend time in the operating room and can leave with your new boobs on the same day usually.

What is the risk of being breast surgery under local anaesthetic?

It is important to note that any surgery, whether it’s a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast implants, comes with a degree of risk.

This has as much to do with the issues related to general anaesthetic and local anesthesia as it does the actual surgical breast implants.

The best way to avoid any of the complications associated with breast enlargement surgery, whether it is done with local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic is to ensure you have your procedure performed by a surgeon who is suitably qualified and certified.

When you first contact us, one of our friendly staff will arrange for a consultation appoint for you. You will get a chance to meet one of our team of highly experienced plastic surgeons who will be able to explain any of the risks that could.

Before you agree to have implants, the surgeon may advise that fat transfer would be better and still give you the lift and increase in shape and size you were looking for.

It is also important that you take the time to read the terms and conditions of agreeing to surgery.

A Happy Client Story Who Had Breast Augmentation Under Local Anesthesia at Our UK clinic in London

I had my Boob Job Under Local Anaesthetic – “Reveal” feature with Linia patient Tallulah

Reveal APRIL 2011 Article

Tallulah Egan, 23, London


“After the birth of my second daughter, Laila,
two-and-a-half-years ago, I had medical complications that caused me to lose a
lot of weight – and my breasts shrivelled to nothing.

They looked like teabags and I felt as if I’d been stripped of my femininity. I couldn’t wear tight or
revealing tops, and had no confidence in myself. But because I have cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease, I thought I’d never be able to have a boob job because it would require a general anaesthetic, which isn’t safe with my

Then, last year, I found a wonderful surgeon at Linia Cosmetic Surgery, who offered me the operation with just a local anaesthetic to numb the area. I’m not squeamish, so I didn’t even close my eyes! It took 45 minutes and I was able to go home half an hour later.

The recovery took as long as a normal boob job, but by summer I was wearing a bikini for the first time in years. I’ve gone from a 36AA to a 36DD and I’m thrilled!”

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