Posted on July 1, 2021 in Plastic Surgery
If you’re considering your options with plastic surgery, one of your biggest concerns might be anesthesia. It’s normal to have questions about what to expect and what risks come with your procedure, and your board-certified plastic surgeon can help you understand your options. Generally, Dr. Ellen selects one of the 3 most common types of anesthesia based on your customized surgical plan. Here’s what to know about them and what you can expect at Dr. Ellen Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Local anesthesia is usually reserved for minor procedures that don’t require extensive incisions. It’s usually administered with a simple injection at the treatment site which numbs the area. This cocktail usually includes lidocaine, a numbing agent commonly used by dentists and ophthalmologists. If you’re worried about discomfort during a procedure that uses local anesthesia, an oral sedative can sometimes be used to make sure you’re calm and relaxed. Some of the most common procedures that use local anesthesia are regional liposuction, blepharoplasty, and minor skin procedures.
It’s common to confuse this with local anesthesia, but they’re actually two different things. Regional anesthesia is often what’s called a “nerve blocker” and is also administered with an injection. The difference is that it’s injected around a major nerve near the surgical site. This effectively blocks pain and can last for the initial part of your recovery. It’s commonly used in procedures that deal with sensitive areas like the hands.
Many patients have understandable concerns about general anesthesia since it comes with the most risk. It’s administered by an I.V. and puts you asleep completely. It also requires use of a breathing tube, especially for certain major surgeries like tummy tuck. Although it comes with risks, many plastic surgeons prefer it for longer surgeries because it’s safer and offers better control with minimal movement.
The idea of general anesthesia usually causes some anxiety for patients going into surgery. That’s because, despite the risks for general anesthesia being comparatively small, many people hear horror stories about complications. It’s important to know that your plastic surgeon will partner with an experienced anesthesiologist who will constantly monitor you throughout your procedure. During your consultation, it can be helpful to ask about your plastic surgeon’s anesthesiologist and why your plastic surgeon recommends them. Being able to trust both members of your surgical team can help you be confident in your procedure.
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