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Houston Cosmetic Surgery: Deciding on Anesthesia Type

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

Understanding Anesthesia Types

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

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

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

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

  • Sedation anesthesia is often utilized in conjunction with other types of anesthesia 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 anesthesia to use during your surgery . The following factors are often taken in consideration:

  • previous reactions with anesthesia

  • family member reactions to anesthesia

  • 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 anesthesia 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 anesthetic 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 the highest quality care.

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