For your comfort and safety we offer a number of anesthesia options for the range of surgical procedures that we perform here in our in-office surgical facility and at Memorial Herman Southeast hospital. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible about both cosmetic surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments. The type of sedation recommended generally mirrors the length and surgical involvement of the cosmetic procedure being performed. During your initial consultation with Dr. Vitenas you will have an opportunity to discuss anesthesia options for your case.
We are committed to the highest levels of anesthesia safety and comfort, as a result we only use board certified anesthesiologists to administer sedation in the cases that we do at Memorial Herman Southeast hospital. Our anesthesiologists are fully trained physicians board certified in the field of Anesthesiology by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
Many patients considering cosmetic surgery express greater concern about the risks of anesthesia than the actual surgery itself. It is important to understand that over the years significant strides have been made in the field of anesthesiology. Strides that have in fact reduced the risk of serious injury associated with anesthesia by an incredible amount. According to the American Society of Anesthesiology the risks of such injury have decreased over 10 times, bringing their statistical probability down to less than 1 in 200,000 cases when an anesthesiologist is in the room during a procedure.
The anesthesiology team that is partnered with Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery is called the Texas Anesthesia Group. They are contracted with the Memorial Herman Hospital network and provide the highest level of competence and safety available. In addition to being members of such a prestigious anesthesia group the individual physicians are also members of other specialized medical societies such as the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Texas Medical Association, and the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists. For an excellent source of patient information on anesthesia take a moment to visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists website.
Cosmetic Surgery Anesthesia
The two most commonly used types of anesthesia in cosmetic surgery are monitored sedation (MAC) or general anesthesia.
Monitored Sedation (MAC)
Monitored Sedation is ideal in less invasive surgical procedures as it allows the patient to have surgery without being “completely under,” the recovery process is very smooth and is almost never accompanied by nausea. Ideal procedures for this type of sedation include: fat transfer, labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, blepharoplasty, and small area liposuction.
General anesthesia is used for more involved operations such as body lifts, face lifts, tummy tucks, breast procedures, and standard liposuction. The day of your surgery you will meet and talk personally with your anesthesiologist. By the time you meet your anesthesiologist he/she will have thoroughly reviewed your medical history and will have a comprehensive plan for your sedation during your procedure. During your operation your anesthesiologist not only delivers your anesthesia but also monitors your vital life functions such as heart rate and blood pressure. They will actively control your level of consciousness and will be there as you awaken in the OR. Their role in your surgical experience is a very important one.
Local Anesthesia Option for Select Plastic Surgery Procedures
Those who wish not to be completely sedated have the option of local anesthesia for select plastic surgery procedures such as blepharoplasty, labiaplasty, fat transfer and vaginalplasty.
Local anesthesia can offer the patient greater mobility immediately after the surgery, can have a shorter recovery ‘down time’ and a safe viable option for the aforementioned procedures.