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Awake Surgery

A new trend, “awake plastic surgery”, offers comparatively inexpensive liposuction, breast enhancement or abdominoplasty in a doctor’s office without general anesthesia. I, along with other critics, say the procedures are often performed by doctors with no plastic surgery training and put patients at risk. It is “inconceivable that anyone would do such a major procedure under anything less than a light general anesthesia,” said Dr. Michael F. McGuire, a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and immediate past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. After reading the article linked below, you will understand why I prefer to do many plastic surgery procedures in an accredited out-patient facility with the full compliment of staff including the anesthesia team, OR nursing personnel, and recovery room staff.  I believe it assures you (and me) the safest outcome. It also supports several of my ‘Plastic Surgery Thoughts for the Week’:   “Not everything new is better.”   “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”   Cheaper is not always better.”   “An educated patient is a happy patient.”  If you roll all these into one, the Plastic Surgery Thought for the Week would be,  “Be informed!”  Please check out the link below and be sure to let me know if you have any questions or comments!