31 Oct Anesthesia for procedures at Cosmedicare
As is the case for any surgery, your cosmetic surgical procedure involves anesthesia, which at Cosmedicare will be administered by a Consultant Anesthetist. Anesthesia provides relief from pain and discomfort during your procedure.
The following is a list of the most common types of anesthesia administered during a cosmetic surgical procedure. The type you receive depends on your treatment and medical condition, both of which you’ll discuss not just with your Consultant Plastic Surgeon, but also with your Consultant Anesthetist beforehand.
When most people hear that they’ll be “going under”, they assume that they’ll be unconscious or in a deep sleep. Indeed, general anesthesia is the most common type of anesthesia administered during surgical cosmetic procedures. It induces unconsciousness, so that you are basically “asleep” during your surgery.
You will gently be put off to sleep by a medication given intravenously. After you are asleep, the general anesthetic will continue to be administered either by mouth (through the breathing tube) or intravenously. Once it takes effect, you won’t remember or feel a thing. Throughout your procedure, the anesthetist will remain at your side, closely monitoring your vital signs to make sure you’re safe. A breathing tube may be used to ensure you continue to breathe properly. Often, a special breathing tube called a “laryngeal mask” can be utilized. This tube covers your windpipe instead of having to pass through it. Some patients express concern that they may wake up during surgery, or not wake up once their surgery is complete. This is extremely rare, and can be discussed during both your consultation with your surgeon, and your anesthetist to put your mind at rest.
Your surgeon will wake you up when your surgery ends, while you are still in the operating room.
When you “wake up”, you may feel disoriented and groggy. Some patients also experience nausea and vomiting. This is very common and something that your team of doctors and nurses will help you with while you recover.
Regional anesthesia involves blocking sensation in only one area of your body. You will be fully conscious but unable to feel anything in the treated area. If you’ve ever had an epidural, commonly administered during childbirth, then you are familiar with regional anesthesia.
The primary differences between local and regional anesthesia is the depth at which sensation is blocked and the area targeted. Local anesthesia numbs a smaller area of the body at a shallow depth. It is usually administered by injection. For example, the injectable filler, Juvéderm Ultra, is combined with the local anesthetic lidocaine to reduce discomfort during treatment.
At Cosmedicare all consultations include a section relating to Anesthesia, where our medical team will discuss the best option for your individual case in relation to your medical history and concerns.
To arrange your consultation, contact our team today.