Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery offers a number of anesthesia options, designed to ensure comfort and safety during each aesthetic procedure. The best option will depend on the specific treatment and the patient’s individual needs.
The type of sedation that is recommended will generally mirror the length and surgical involvement of the cosmetic procedure being performed. Many of our patients do not realize they will have options when it comes to choosing anesthesia and that we listen carefully to their concerns. At Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible regarding all of the techniques available to achieve the desired results, including both cosmetic surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, as well as the recommended methods for pain control. During your initial consultation with Dr. Vitenas, you will have an opportunity to discuss all of the anesthesia options for your case.
“As someone who suffers from anxiety, is TERRIFIED of surgery and anesthesia… I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr.Vitenas and his entire team. From the beginning, they made me feel extremely comfortable, took the time to help me find out what size implants fit my frame the best, and cleared all of my worries. Going into surgery, the nurses were so kind, and I didn’t even notice when they put me to sleep lol. I just woke up and it was done. Highly recommend.”
Anesthesia refers to the use of a specific medication to either reduce or completely prevent the sensation of pain during a medical procedure. Each medication is unique, temporarily blocking communication between the nerves and the brain. The nervous system works to relay messages back and forth to the brain, communicating with different parts of the body via the spinal cord. Anesthesia will cut this line of communication for a short time, providing optimal comfort. Purpose of Anesthesia:
- Relieve anxiety
- Keep you asleep
- Minimize pain during surgery and relieve pain afterward (using drugs called analgesics)
- Relax the muscles, which helps to keep you still
- Block out the memory of the surgery
Types of Anesthesia
A local anesthetic is used to numb one small, isolated area of the body. The patient normally remains fully awake. Depending on the area, a local anesthetic can be applied through an ointment, a spray, or with a small injection. Local anesthesia works great for skin and laser treatments, or injectables such as Botox Cosmetic or Dermal Fillers.
Local anesthesia gives patients the opportunity for greater mobility right after the procedure, with less downtime and a shorter recovery. This is a good option for ‘lunchtime’ procedures, allowing patients to get right back to their busy day.
General anesthesia is used for invasive procedures such as facelift, abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, and liposuction. Once in the operating room, the anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia through an IV or gas via facemask. An endotracheal tube will be placed down the mouth and throat, helping to keep the airway open so patients can safely breathe. The anesthesiologist will carefully monitor the level of consciousness, all vital signs, and steady breathing while the patient is under. Once the surgery is over, the anesthesiologist will slowly bring the patient back to full consciousness; this process can take from 30-60 minutes in the recovery room.
Regional anesthesia is applied through an injection placed by a localized cluster of nerves. Regional anesthesia may be performed alone, however, it is often combined with general sedation for optimal comfort and relaxation during and after the procedure.
Side-Effects and Complications Related to Anesthesia
It is common for patients to be reluctant to commit to a surgical procedure due to fear of the anesthesia. In many cases, patients considering cosmetic surgery will express an even greater concern about the risks of anesthesia than the actual surgery itself. However, anesthesia that is administered under the care of a board-certified anesthesiologist is considered to be safe and very effective.
Common Side-Effects of Anesthesia Include:
- Temporary confusion and memory loss
- Lightheadedness and dizziness
- Difficulty passing urine
- Bruising and tenderness where IV was placed
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chills, shivering
- Sore throat
The different forms of anesthesia can result in short-lived side-effects. They will generally resolve on their own, over the first day or two. Many patients will feel disoriented, groggy, and a little confused when waking up from general anesthesia. This is particularly true for older adults. Some other common side-effects can include a sore throat, chills, and constipation. While more serious complications are less common, they can occur. These include abnormal heartbeat, increase or decrease in blood pressure, and breathing problems.
To ensure a safe procedure, patients should openly discuss any known allergies to anesthesia or presenting conditions with their surgeon and anesthesiologist during the consultation appointment. Keep in mind, even though many of these facts may seem innocent, they can pose a serious risk when under the effects of anesthesia.
Before going under anesthesia, tell your doctor about:
- All current and past health conditions
- Any prescription medications you are taking
- All over-the-counter medicines, supplements, and herbal remedies that you currently take or have taken in the past
- Known allergies to food, environment, latex, and medications
- Cigarette smoking
- Alcohol consumption
- Use of recreational drugs
- A family history of reactions to anesthesia
The safety of anesthesia has significantly improved over the years, thanks to game-changing advances in technology and medicine, as well as the extensive training anesthesiologists receive. The more informed a patient is regarding their surgical procedure and the options in anesthesia, the calmer and more reassured they will be, ensuring a smoother surgery and easier recovery.
Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery teams with the finest anesthesiology providers in Houston, offering the highest level of competence and safety available. In addition to years of surgical experience, our anesthesiologists are board-certified members of specialized medical societies such as the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the Texas Medical Association (TMA), and the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists (TSA).
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The Importance of a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist
- Monitoring your bodily functions and vital signs (including breathing, heart rate and rhythm, body temperature, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels)
- Manage the level of sedation
- Ensure you remain comfortable and calm before, during, and after surgery
- Slowly and safely bring you out of the anesthesia after your operation
- Address any problems that may arise during surgery