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Anesthesia and Pain Reduction Medication: All Your Surgery Questions Answered

They say that pain is beauty, but when it comes to plastic surgery, we’ve got to disagree. Our goal is painless beauty. We use the latest techniques for anesthesia and pain management to ensure that your surgical experience is as pleasant as possible. If you have any questions about pain management, get in touch.

Will My Procedure Use Local or General Anesthesia?

We want you to be both comfortable and safe during your procedure. We use a variety of anesthetic options during surgery including local anesthesia, iv sedation with local anesthesia, and general anesthesia. We’ll choose the safest and most effective option for your procedure.

Why Do You Use a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist Instead of a Nurse Anesthetist?

We always use a board-certified anesthesiologist in our surgical facility, even though it isn’t required. We take this extra step to ensure that our surgeons can focus on you during surgery. Using an anesthesiologist allows us to focus 100% on patient care while the anesthesiologist focuses on keeping you comfortable.

What’s the Difference Between Local and General Anesthesia?

As the name implies, local anesthesia works on a small, localized area. An anesthetic drug is applied to the treatment area using a shot or topical application. Local anesthesia can be used alone on smaller treatments or paired with IV sedation. During IV sedation, patients are in a twilight sleep, less aware of their surroundings than usual.
General anesthesia causes a patient to go completely unconscious during a procedure. You’ll wake up after surgery, completely unaware of anything that occurred while you were under. There are risks with every type of anesthesia. We’ll choose the most appropriate options for your surgery.

How Will I Control Pain After Surgery?

You’ll return home shortly after your surgery to recover. We’ll provide you with a prescription for pain medication. Most patients find that they only need prescription pain relief for the first couple of days, if at all. Over-the-counter pain relief can be very effective at controlling your pain. We’ll recommend the best over-the-counter options for your situation and provide information about how to properly use them to control pain.
Some mild discomfort is common, but extreme pain is not. If your pain relief isn’t keeping you comfortable, contact us. Your recovery experience shouldn’t be overly painful.

We are committed to ensuring your plastic surgery experience is as comfortable as possible. Whether you choose breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, or something else, we’ll work with you to choose appropriate pain management and anesthesia options. Please let us know if you have any other questions about pain management or pain relief options.