Anesthesia: Which One?Posted on June 12, 2017
Anesthesia plays a major roll in all plastic surgery procedures. It also plays a major roll on many patients’ list of concerns. If a patient has never undergone anesthesia, they may fear the effects of it, or simply may fear the experience of being unconscious.
In an attempt to release your fears a bit, as far as the anesthesia part of your plastic surgery goes, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery would like to provide you with basic, but important, information about anesthesia as well as the different types that are used.
A local anesthesia is just that. It is only used local to where the surgery is taking place. This type of anesthesia will not put you to sleep and you will be awake the entire procedure. This type of anesthesia typically comes in the form of ointment or injection.
Sedating however is a bit different. The patient is given a solution through intravenous injection. This type of anesthesia will leave you awake, though drowsy and more than likely unable to remember the actual surgery part.
A regional anesthesia is quite similar to sedation in that you are still awake, drowsy, and likely unable to remember the procedure, though this type of anesthesia creates a block against the surrounding nerves in the direct area the surgery is being performed on.
Fourth and foremost, is a general anesthesia. This reigns as the most common and well known types of anesthesia. You are asleep during the procedure and will not remember anything that happens during that time. It will be injected or inhaled when given.
Please note that after undergoing any type of anesthesia, it is required to fully recover from it’s effects prior to leaving the facility. You will be placed in a recovery room following the plastic surgery procedure, and a nurse will be there to observe you as you recover. The different types of anesthesia present different strengths, and the stronger the anesthesia, the longer it will take to recover from it’s effects. Upon recovering, your plastic surgeon, like Dr. Kim, will provide you with a specific list of instructions corresponding to your type of anesthesia and the surgery you received to ensure proper recovery and results.
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