Houston Cosmetic Surgery: Deciding on Anesthesia Type

Houston Cosmetic Surgery: Deciding on Anesthesia Type

19th Sep 2013

Deciding on the type and amount of anaesthesia during your Houston cosmetic procedure is one of the major decisions you have to make. The anaesthesia used in surgeries vary from one procedure to another, and it is very important for you to openly discuss your concerns regarding anaesthesia during the personal consultation.

Understanding Anesthesia Types

Generally, there are four types of anaesthesia used in cosmetic surgery:

  • Local anaesthesia is utilized to numb a specific area in the body. You will either be awake or sedated with this type of anaesthesia. The numbing effect will only last for a short period. Local anaesthetic agents often come in spray, ointment, or injection forms.

  • Regional anaesthesia numbs a certain portion of the body which is often larger than the ones targeted in local anaesthesia. Examples of this anaesthesia include epidural and/or spinal block.

  • General anaesthesia aims to keep a person unconscious during the entire procedure. The person under general anaesthesia will most likely not have any memory of the procedure. This type of anaesthesia is often given intravenously (sticking a needle into the vein) or through inhalation of vapours/gas through a mask.

  • Sedation anaesthesia is often utilized in conjunction with other types of anaesthesia mentioned above. It is often designed to prevent anxiety and pain associated with the surgery. Sedation comes in different levels, depending on the procedure performed.

Factors Which Could Influence Your Decision to Have Anesthesia

Dr. Cortés and, every so often, an anesthesiologist will help determine which anaesthesia to use during your surgery. The following factors are often taken into consideration:

  • previous reactions with anaesthesia

  • family member reactions to anaesthesia

  • alcohol and smoking consumption

  • previous allergic and drug reactions

  • medical history

  • current health status

Anesthesia For Your Houston Cosmetic Surgery

Apart from discussing the pros and cons of each anaesthesia type during your personal consultation with Dr. Cortés, risks and recovery issues will also be talked about. Dr. Cortés is always looking for the best way to accomplish the patients’ goals by having a keen eye, highly developed skills, an open-minded attitude, and a vast knowledge of the most recent techniques in anaesthetic agents used in cosmetic surgery.

Fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cortés via email. You can also call us at (713) 234-6244. Together,  we will review your goals, expectations, and medical history to advise you regarding the different existing options and provide you with the highest quality care.

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