Cosmetic Surgery Anesthesia
Local anesthesia:With this form of anesthesia you are not put to sleep. It is similar to the type of anesthesia used by the dentist. The agent used is a liquid that is injected into the area to be operated on, causing it to become numb. Adverse reactions to local anesthetics may occur but they are very rare. This type of anesthesia allows you to recover rapidly and go back to normal activities sooner.
General anesthesia:With this form of anesthesia you are put completely to sleep. The drugs that do this are administered by a specialist who is fully trained in anesthesia. He will then maintain control of anesthesia throughout the operation. Several techniques are available and the one chosen will depend on the operation to be performed.
It is important to assess the state of your teeth before surgery. Do you have caps, crowns, bridges or a partial or complete denture, or loose or damaged teeth? It is necessary to tell this to the anesthetist as he will be working in and around your mouth during the anesthetic period.
Following general anesthesia you may experience minor problems such as a sore throat or loss of memory for short periods. It is therefore mandatory that someone is available to take you or drive you home from the hospital. You should refrain from driving for several days and abstain from alcohol. Do not make important decisions for a few days. Sometimes after general anesthesia patients may experience bad dreams, so it might be helpful to be sure there is someone in the house with you for the first few nights.
Neuroleptic anesthesia:This type of anesthesia is a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. You are put into a light sleep and also receive a tranquilizer to reduce anxiety. It is used mostly for facial and breast surgery. It is also mandatory to have someone accompanying you home.
Hospital stay:This type of surgery and the risk of complications will determine the duration of your hospital stay. This will be reduced to a minimum without compromising your safety. You may either go home the day of your operation (after having spent a few hours in the recovery room) or you may require a few days of hospitalization. Either way your surgeon will have discussed this with you prior to operation. However if you recover more slowly, your surgeon may want you to stay in the hospital or clinic for a longer period.
Please remember: If you are having surgery under general or neuroleptic anesthesia:
Abstain from any food or drink as of midnight the night before (not even a sip of water) If you take any medication during the days preceding your surgery, tell your surgeon about it.