Having Plastic Surgery Soon? Get to Know Your Anesthesia!

Published on July 19, 2013 by

anesthesia in plastic surgery

Would you like to get a bit of a nip and tuck soon but are hesitant with the effects of anesthesia? Here at our Minneapolis plastic surgery practice, we understand how you may be anxious about having surgery — whether it’s a Minneapolis tummy tuck, liposuction, or breast lift. Anesthesia is one of the most common concerns amongst our clients. Continue reading to learn more about anesthesia!

Types of Anesthesia Used in Plastic Surgery

By and large, anesthesia is primarily used for pain. In plastic surgery, the following are the most common types of anesthesia used.

1. Local Anesthesia comes in ointment, injection, or spray forms. This type of anesthesia is often used in minor procedures where a certain area of the body is numbed. You will be awake and still aware of what is happening around you when using local anesthesia.

2. Regional Anesthesia targets specific nerves. These nerves are often involved in sending pain signals. A spinal block is an excellent example of regional anesthesia. This type of anesthesia is often used in conjunction with sedatives.

3. Sedation Anesthesia is administered through a vein and often includes a combination of anesthetic agents to prevent pain and anxiety during the procedure. While you’re in sedation, you will still feel awake but will most likely be sleepy throughout the procedure.

4. General Anesthesia is employed for highly extensive surgeries. You will be put to sleep with this kind of anesthesia and you won’t remember a thing during the surgery. General anesthesia could either be inhaled, taken orally, or injected through the vein.

Recovery from Anesthesia After Surgery

The effects of anesthesia post-procedure may cause you to feel groggy or drowsy. Depending on the type of anesthesia used, it may take you approximately 6 hours to fully recover from its after effects. It is important that you tell your surgeon or nurse about any pain or discomfort you feel during this period.

Minneapolis Plastic Surgery

A consultation with Dr. Hoffman will help you figure out the appropriate type of anesthesia to be used during your Minneapolis plastic surgery. Contact us at 651.686.4548 or fill out this online contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoffman. We look forward to your visit!

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