Talking to Your Plastic Surgeon About Anesthesia
Facial Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia, Scranton, and MarylandAnesthesia is a necessary part of plastic surgery, but there are different levels and types of anesthesia that involve different risks and benefits. Before undergoing plastic surgery, talk to your surgeon about their preferred approach to anesthesia. Today, the vast majority of cosmetic procedures – including facial plastic surgery – can be performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation. Although general anesthesia is still used in certain situations, it is not usually the default option anymore.
Understanding the Risks of General AnesthesiaWhen you are placed under general anesthesia, a tube is placed in your throat and connected to a respirator that breathes for you. The drugs you are given will cause a deep sleep, paralyzing your body during the procedure. Some patients prefer this because they want to be completely knocked out during their surgery. However, general anesthesia involves higher complication rates and more side effects than local anesthesia. Recovery also tends to take longer, since your body is fighting to recover both from the procedure and the general anesthesia. Some of the most common side effects of general anesthesia include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sore throat
- Incisional pain