A Quick Look at Anesthesia Options for Plastic Surgery

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operating roomPrior to most surgical procedures, some type of anesthesia will be used to control pain and keep you comfortable during the procedure. However, anesthesia for plastic surgery is often one of the biggest concerns that people mention during their consultation.

This quick guide should help you ease your worries and better understand your anesthesia options.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is typically used for minor procedures and works by numbing only a small area of your body. This type of anesthesia is usually administered via injection, and you will remain awake and aware of what’s going on around you.

For a nonsurgical treatment like the O Spot Shot, for example, a topical numbing cream is applied.

Regional Anesthesia

Similarly, regional anesthesia, also called a “block,” numbs a particular region of your body during a plastic surgery procedure. This region is larger than what local anesthesia is able to handle.

An example of regional anesthesia would be the epidural that many women get to help with pain during childbirth.


Sedation can be minimal, moderate or deep and can be administered through an IV, oral pills or inhaled gas. While under sedation, you should feel relaxed and a bit drowsy. Sedation can also be combined with a local anesthetic to make you even more comfortable during your procedure.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia, which is usually administered intravenously, is used for more extensive procedures, such as a mommy makeover.This type of anesthesia should be delivered by a qualified provider such as a certified nurse anesthetist or an anesthesiologist. While under general anesthesia, you won’t feel any pain, and you won’t have any recollection of the procedure later.


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A Quick Look at Anesthesia Options for Plastic Surgery
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Have questions about anesthesia for plastic surgery? Top female plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington of Plymouth, Minnesota provides a quick guide.
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