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Dr. Gartner is one of the top Plastic Surgeons in New Jersey and New York- he has an established reputation for remaining on the cusp of cosmetic advancements not only in the U.S. but internationally. Whether you are interested in facial rejuvenation, or the superior “Brazilian Butt Lift” technique which Dr. Gartner perfected over a decade ago, or skin rejuvenation, Gartner Plastic Surgery and Laser Spa Center offers an extensive selection of surgical and non-surgical treatments to discerning clients.


  • No nausea or vomiting
  • No urinary retention, unable to urinate after anesthesia needing catheterization.
  • No bucking on ET tube/ sore throat
  • Less preoperative tests
  • Clear headed after surgery
  • Just get up and go home, like a dental visit
  • No medication change or fast before
  • You can have light breakfastand coffee before the procedure
  • Minimal local injection pain
  • Patient gets cleared instruction from surgeon during surgery to decrease complications
  • No hospital admission
  • No need for DVT prophylaxis
  • Get to know and talk to your surgeon during the case
  • All anesthesiologist agree that less sedation is safer sedation. The safest sedation is no sedation


In both New Jersey and New York City, Dr. Michael Gartner is one of the most sought-after double board certified plastic surgeons and has helped thousands of patients throughout the world with improving their lives and achieving their dream results.

Dr. Gartner has continually contributed to the development of revolutionary plastic surgery methods, technologies, and procedures in order to deliver the best quality of care to patients and resources to the worldwide medical community.

Because he has been practicing and executing this approach for decades, Dr. Gartner is considered as one of the greatest and most trustworthy surgeons for patients seeking a new option for breast augmentation. With him, you may not only anticipate the greatest patient care, service, and trust, but you can also expect to get the results you’ve been dreaming about.

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Choosing an experienced and properly educated plastic surgeon is one of the most important aspects in your surgical process.

There are numerous doctors who call themselves “plastic surgeons” but are not really trained in plastic surgery. As a result, they come from a wide range of medical specialties and have completed a short training program in liposuction, breast augmentation, and other procedures. Therefore a certificate of completion is awarded to those who successfully complete the course, allowing them to perform these treatments in their clinics with little or no previous training.

As a result, they created their own credentials, such as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery. Only one board is recognized by the American Board of Specialties, and that is the American Board of Plastic Surgery. For this reason, while you are conducting your research on the kind of plastic surgeon you want, this is a consideration that you absolutely cannot overlook.

As part of an experienced and properly educated surgeon, The American Board of Plastic Surgery requires a difficult written and oral test in addition to a long residency in plastic surgery before a candidate may become board certified.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery requires that you practice for two years after passing the test the first time. In certain areas, a hospital certification is necessary to do as well as an office-based procedure.

Due to the lack of training from some of these plastic surgeons, hospitals will not provide privileges to these non-core plastic surgeons. This is due to the fact that they mostly do these procedures in their own office and that most offices aren’t licensed fully. However, this is governed by the laws of your jurisdiction.

Some of the most apparent distinctions between a certified cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Gartner and medical professionals who lack the appropriate credentials include the following:

Inadequate Training Of Surgeons Doing Certain Procedure 

In order to do breast augmentations, you must be properly certified and licensed. Dr. Gartner is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and has privileges to also work at the hospital due to his certification from his exams, education and experience with office-based procedures. 

However, the vast majority of doctors who perform this procedure are not doing it in a licensed facility. For this reason, it’s important to look into the surgeon’s credentials before moving forward with your procedure. 

Having The Proper Credentials At The Facility

A majority of doctors do not have the proper credentials but the Gartner Plastic Surgery facility is AAAASF-accredited, therefore it’s different for Dr. Gartner.  

Also important to note that the vast majority of doctors who perform this procedure are not licensed to practice in a hospital. As opposed to Dr. Gartner who has received permission from the hospital to perform breast augmentation. 

Some Surgeons May Overprescribe Their Patients With Pain Medication

Some doctors lack the knowledge to prescribe the proper dosage of medication for their patients. At Gartner Plastic Surgery, we utilize a safer approach by limiting the use of medication in certain procedures which falls far below the overdose limit. 

Ask The Following Questions While Looking For A Plastic Surgeon With Extensive Training 

Asking these simple but effective questions can get you on the right path to a successful and safe procedure:

  • Is the American Board of Plastic Surgery a part of your membership? 
  • Are you licensed to do breast augmentation procedures at a hospital?


Awake breast augmentation is a surgical treatment that reshapes and resizes a woman’s breasts to better suit her desired goals without the risk of general anesthesia’s effects. To sedate a patient during a surgical procedure, plastic surgeons have traditionally depended on general anesthetic medicines like propofol.

Patients may now choose between having the surgery done under general anesthesia or having it done awake, owing to Dr. Gartner’s unique method. Thanks to his expert ability and understanding, Dr. Gartner has worked hard to create a safer, more beneficial way for his patients. The awake method is an excellent choice for individuals who are reluctant or unable to undergo general anesthesia.

Dr. Gartner utilizes local anesthetic to successfully block pain receptors and mask any sensation in what is now referred to as “awake procedure.” Patients achieve amazingly great aesthetic outcomes with reduced downtime and related risks without the severe side effects of general anesthesia.

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Breast augmentations have grown more popular among women in today’s society, and for good reason. Patients who are not candidates for general anesthesia have been able to obtain breast augmentations in a safe manner because of the accessibility of this alternative method.

While standard breast augmentation is still a great choice for people in New Jersey, we now have an awake breast augmentation alternative for those who could not get a breast augmentation due to the general anesthesia.


Breast augmentation has been around for decades, and as time passes, new techniques and research are developed to improve this surgical procedure. Dr. Gartner’s cosmetic surgery expertise has earned him a reputation as one of the pioneers in the creation of the awake breast augmentation treatment.

Over the past 15 years, he has improved and polished the technique to the point that he is one of the few double board certified surgeons who can do it flawlessly and with maximum comfort for his patients. Awake breast augmentation is one of the few surgical procedures noted for its exclusivity, since not every surgeon has the expertise to do this treatment.

Dr. Michael Gartner has been a pioneer in the development of awake breast augmentation for many years and is well-known in the field for his high success rate and strict safety standards. Patients may rely on his decades of expertise as a double board-certified plastic surgeon to provide them with a one-of-a-kind surgical experience.


When compared to traditional surgical procedures, an awake breast augmentation procedure has certain advantages that make it more appealing to potential patients. Among the advantages are:

  • Avoid any long-term nerve sensitivity.
  • Reduces the amount of time you need to take painkillers following surgery.
  • Reduces nausea, tiredness, sore throat, and other unpleasant side effects during your recovery.
  • Maintain your level of awareness during the procedure.
  • Awake surgical procedures are less expensive than those requiring general anesthesia.
  • Shorter recuperation period after surgery.


During a local breast augmentation, you will remain awake for the duration of the process. You won’t feel anything since your anesthetic will be strong yet local. Dr. Gartner often administers a soothing sedative before beginning the procedure to help you relax.

One of the benefits of this type of procedure is that the nausea and disorientation associated with general anesthesia are avoided. Awake anesthesia permits a patient to move, eat, and do other important functions sooner following surgery. Once the procedure is over, the local anesthetic acts as a pain relief.

This type of surgery enables you to stay awake throughout the procedure and recuperate quicker after it is over. The awake breast augmentation surgery is recognized for its broad variety of advantages and is certainly the top pick for Dr. Gartner’s patients since many people prefer a safe, comfortable and simple recovery.


Absolutely, it is entirely safe when performed by a double board-certified plastic surgeon with experience such as Dr. Gartner, one of the top plastic surgeons who has contributed to the creation and development of this surgical method. Awake augmentation eliminates the risks of prior methods that were accessible. Following their recovery, patients report reduced discomfort and more attractive, natural-looking results.


Your recovery from an awake augmentation by Dr. Gartner will be comparable to standard breast enlargement under general anesthesia. With the awake approach, most patients are able to walk out of the operating room on their own after breast augmentation with local anesthetic.

Patients will recover from awake augmentation more quickly and easily without the heavy medicines in their system. You may anticipate a simple and fully secure recovery. Following surgery, you will have a one to two week recuperation period, after which your results will take one to six months to settle in.

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Candidates Who Are Qualified For Awake Breast Augmentation

Patients who want to improve their look with breast augmentation surgery should weigh the risks and benefits carefully. Awake augmentation is a cutting-edge alternative to conventional breast augmentation surgery. Patients who were not good candidates for general anesthesia are now able to get breast augmentation surgery in a manner that is safer for them.

Some patients who have also been wary of the risks of general anesthesia may be ecstatic to learn about the benefits of awake anesthesia. Dr. Gartner and the Gartner Plastic Surgery team will assess your eligibility for awake augmentation during your confidential one-on-one appointment.

Travel Accommodations To Our Clinic For A Breast Augmentation

Finding a double board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in awake breast augmentation surgery may be difficult, particularly since this sort of procedure is only done by experienced cosmetic surgeons like Dr. Gartner. As a result, we encourage patients from all over the world to travel to our clinic and have this procedure performed by one of the doctors who contributed to its development.

To make your journey as easy and enjoyable as possible, we welcome out of state patients from all over the world. Traveling to our clinic and placing your trust in the hands of the surgeon who helped develop and design this surgical process will not only set your mind at ease in terms of safety, but you can also rest assured that you are having your surgery performed by only the finest double board-certified surgeon. Please schedule a consultation to learn more about our travel assistance for awake breast augmentation. We would be pleased to go through your procedure in further detail.


All anesthesiologist agree that less sedation is safer sedation. The safest sedation is no sedation.

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  • Meet Dr. Michael Gartner, a double board-certified Plastic Surgeon with over 15 years of experience helping people achieve their aesthetic goals, here in New York city. The medical director of Gartner Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, his vision is to ensure that every client loves how they look, loves how they feel and that their positive transformation experience surpasses their expectations.
  • Uniquely positioned because of his extensive general and Plastic Surgery knowledge, Dr Gartner is able to achieve the desired results through the most innovative, safe and least invasive methods.
  • Gartner Plastic Surgery and Laser Spa Center has three convenient New York locations to cater to every cosmetic need. The state of the art, Paramus New Jersey, surgical center is fully accredited. Meticulously outfitted with the most advanced operating room equipment and technology, the clean, modern atmosphere puts patients at ease.


A percentage of the population is prone to having strong, negative effects from general anesthetic. These may include prolonged nausea and vomiting or headache post-procedure. Because of previous, adverse effects experienced from general anesthetic or because of fears about risks associated with this type of medication, many people seek safe, effective alternative options for anesthetic during breast augmentation surgery. People who come in to Gartner Plastic Surgery often share their fears based on anecdotal stories.

Often there is no scientific evidence to support the concern, but Dr. Gartner knows that anxiety can affect the surgical experience and he does not want his patients to be unnecessarily worried or feel ill after their procedure. The truth is, you can feel clear-headed and experience minimal discomfort, nausea or other ill-effects after your breast recovery. Dr. Gartner has perfected methods of using pre-emptive anesthetic and atraumatic surgical techniques so that, if they choose, his patients can have awake breast augmentation surgery with minimal down time and less need of pain medication or negative effects of anesthesia.

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The use of local, long acting anesthetic to perform breast augmentation while a patient stays awake is a fairly common and entirely safe practice. Sometimes people fear that choosing this method means they may feel pain during the procedure. Dr. Gartner gives his patients valium to help relieve any anxiety. During the procedure, the sterile conditions are the same as during a regular breast augmentation. He first injects the breast tissue with fast acting and long acting numbing medications.

These injections can be felt, as with any needle, but they are small and this part of the process is quick and well-tolerated. After 10 minutes, Dr. Gartner can begin the procedure and you will feel nothing but some generalized tugging or pressure sensations. Patients describe the sensation as having someone lean on them a little. You will not see what is going on because of draping in front of your chest but you can hear and communicate. Many patients become sleepy and sleep naturally due to the effects of the Valium. In 7 years of perfecting this procedure, Dr. Gartner has never had a patient wake up and ask for the procedure to be stopped.

The awake breast augmentation method allows Dr. Gartner to reduce your risks of general anesthetic- including the rare risk of malignant hypothermia. The recovery time post procedure is the same as with standard breast augmentation except patients avoid the groggy, light-headed or nauseous sensations which can persist for a few days after GA. Patients are awake and aware in recovery, so they are able to relax in the comfort of their own home shortly after.

However, the only way to really know if you’re a suitable candidate for surgery is by talking to Dr. Gartner during your private medical consultation.

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However, the only way to really know if you’re a suitable candidate for surgery is by talking to Dr. Gartner during your private medical consultation.

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