How long will I be under General Anaesthesia for Breast Augmentation or Revision?


General Anaesthetic during Breast Augmentation

How long will I be under anaesthesia during breast enlargement surgery?

  • A primary breast augmentation procedure itself generally lasts approximately 2 hours
  • This is an average time frame for primary breast surgery (1.5 to 3 hours is the average range)
  • Revision breast surgery, such as removal or replacement of implants, tends to require longer surgery time than a primary augmentation surgery
  • But surgery times will depend on what you need
  • A breast lift combined with implants, or a remove and replace breast implant procedure, involves a longer theatre time (2 to 3 hours being average, up to approximately 4 hours)
  • Conditions such as tuberous breasts or asymmetric breasts may require longer periods of time

You will be under the care of a seasoned Anaesthetist the entire time you’re under general anaesthesia.

Time under general anaesthetic for breast augmentation will vary from patient to patient. However, most patients are under anaesthesia for under 3 hours, and often under 2 hours.

Find out more by downloading our Breast Enlargement Surgery Guide

Will I need to stay in hospital overnight after Breast Surgery?

  • An overnight stay in Hospital may be required for Breast Augmentation Surgery procedures, so patients can be properly monitored and receive the best quality care.
  • Your chosen Surgeon will be able to advise you further about the length of your hospital stay and your post-surgery care requirements.

For more information, visit the breast augmentation surgery page.

Phone us today on 0388491444 to speak to a Patient Care Coordinator.

TIP: Surgery advice is individualised. Your chosen Plastic Surgeon will be able give you personalised advice on when you can return to work and other daily activities.


Last updated: 13/08/2019
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Dr Geoff Barnett
Dr Geoffrey Barnett, FRACS (Plas) is a Melbourne based Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has over 35 years of expertise in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon for Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Body Contouring Surgery after Bariatric Surgery.Qualifications and Memberships: Specialist Plastic Surgeon (FRACS) Member - Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery [FRACS (Plast).The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is the only professional body recognised by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to train Surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.Author BIO page: