Risks associated with Twilight Sedation

Dr Turner Uses General Anaesthesia – Not Twilight Sedation for patients

Dr Turner does not perform any cosmetic surgery, like breast augmentation or facelift surgery under twilight sedation due to the risks associated with administering such a large volume of local anaesthetic toxicity.

We have had a lot of enquiries from patients seeking breast implants regarding twilight sedation and the problems associated with local anaesthetic overdoses so we thought to touch base on the topic to give a better understanding for anyone considering cosmetic surgery.

What is Twilight Sedation?

Twilight sedation is where local anaesthesia is often combined with another medication that makes you drowsy and gives you amnesia.

Dr Turner chooses to use general anaesthesia for all patients undergoing breast augmentation, administered by a highly qualified anaesthetist in the operating theatre who is then able to place a breathing tube down your throat to make sure you can breathe freely without difficulty and will often use a ventilator to make sure there are no complications with the patients breathing.

Local anaesthetic overdose is preventable and caused when a doctor administers too high a dose. If a patient were to have a reaction to an overdose of local anaesthetic, there is a high chance that this may lead to death although some more common features are cardiac arrest and seizures.

The medication that is administered to make the patient drowsy will also sedate you. As you are not fully asleep during the procedure, this may result in the patient being incredibly uncomfortable and in pain during the procedure but will not remember the experience afterwards due to the memory loss side effect.

Twilight sedation is a cheaper option for clinics to provide as they are not required to have a qualified anaesthetist on site, the patient does not need to attend a proper hospital and no nursing staff are required. Dr Turner uses fully qualified anaesthetists in Sydney’s best fully accredited private hospitals to make sure his patients are always safe and comfortable throughout the procedure and in recovery.

Dr Turner is a member of ASAPS, FRACS and ISAPS, all accreditations that you should look for in a surgeon when considering cosmetic plastic surgery.

If you have any further questions on the above topic, please contact one of our friendly practice staff on 1300 437 758.

Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

  • Enquire to find out more about your surgery
  • Please read our website to learn more about your intended procedure

Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A GP Referral is required to Consult with Dr Turner (under new AHPRA Regulations)
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

How to Book Your Consultation

  • You can book your initial consultation by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment


  • To find out more information about surgery you can book a FREE 15-minute phone conversation with our Friendly Patient Care team via Calendly- Book Consultant 1 or Book Consultant 2

Contact us or call on  1300 437 758  to arrange your surgeon consultation in Sydney.

Email us for more information:  enquiries@drturner.com.au