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Anesthesia Options for Cosmetic Procedures

Houston Anesthesia OptionsOne of the main reasons people put off having cosmetic surgery is an anticipation of pain.  It is not uncommon to fear the pain more than the actual surgery!  Fortunately, the choices in anesthesia have grown over the years and they are safer than ever.  Before scheduling any cosmetic surgery, it is good to take some time to understand the different types of anesthesia available and what will work best for your intended cosmetic procedure.  Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery wants you to remember that no matter how big or small your need, making sure you are comfortable is always a top priority.

There are four main types of anesthesia:

Topical Anesthesia
A topical anesthetic is usually a cream or gel used to numb the surface of the skin.  Topical anesthetics last for only for a short time and are used for non-surgical procedures.  They are commonly used during Botox Cosmetic, Dermal Filler such as Juvederm, Radiesse, and Perlane.

Local Anesthesia
A local anesthetic is used to numb a selected area of the body.  It is administered by an injection at the surgical site.  Non-invasive procedures work best with local anesthesia, such as labiaplasty, fat transfers, and blepharoplasty.

Monitored Sedation (MAC)
Monitored Sedation is ideal for moderately invasive surgical procedures, such as small area liposuction and vaginoplasty.  It is administered by IV, under the care of an anesthesiologist.  MAC provides some degree of sedation without the patient being completely “under”.

General Anesthesia
General anesthesia provides complete sedation and is used for more involved operations such as face lifts, tummy tucks, breast procedures, and standard liposuction.  This type of anesthesia is administered through an IV and requires continuous monitoring by an anesthesiologist.

You can see that procedures require different types of anesthesia, depending on their complexity and level of invasiveness.  During your initial consultation visit, you will have an opportunity to discuss all of the anesthesia options for your specific plastic surgery needs.  In the meantime, do not hesitate to call our office with any questions or concerns about the anesthetic choices available.  Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery believes an empowered & educated patient always makes the very best decisions.