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.

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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.

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 1300 264 811 to speak to a Patient Care Coordinator.

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

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Last updated: 27/04/2022
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Michelle Staughton
Michelle Staughton - Patient Liaison Manager at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. As a past patient, Michelle has insider knowledge of the journey our patients embark on. A busy mother of 3, and independent business owner, Michelle appreciates the organisation required to get things done in today’s hectic life. Her role as Patient Experience Manager Michelle is a great guide for your plastic surgery journey.

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With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are dedicated to best practice patient care and education, customising Breast Enlargement Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

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What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Phone 1300 264 811, Email us: or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager or a Virtual Consultation with a Surgeon.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.