It shouldn’t hurt to be beautiful. There is no gain in pain when undergoing cosmetic enhancement. From the smallest in-office procedures to large surgical cases, pain blockers are available. From numb to number, these are the 3 most common anesthesia choices provided at Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa.
Non-surgical treatments can be uncomfortable. From the sting of an injection to the zap of a laser, discomfort doesn’t have to be part of the treatment. A topical anesthetic cream is one option. It can be used to numb the area of injection or liberally applied to the face pre-laser. It usually takes at least 30 minutes to become effective. An injectable anesthetic (such as lidocaine) is also an option. Once injected, numbness to the area begins in minutes. Many injectable products (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse) are now manufactured with lidocaine already in the product. These are great for sensitive lip and undereye treatments.
LOCAL ANESTHESIA WITH ORAL SEDATION
Also known as twilight or conscious sedation, Changes Plastic Surgery surgeons employ this type of anesthesia in liposuction, face and neck lifts and in eyelid surgeries that are performed in the clinic’s surgical suite. The patient is pre-medicated with oral sedatives, Valium and Percocet, and local anesthetic is injected to the surgical site(s). Patients drift in and out of sleep or join in active conversation. For the majority of patients, it’s a favorable experience.
When cases are lengthy and/or involve several procedures, general anesthesia is required. The anesthetic is administered through inhalation, and the patient temporarily loses consciousness and feels nothing. This type of anesthesia requires your surgery be performed in a hospital or accredited outpatient surgery center.
Never let a fear of pain hinder you from seeking cosmetic treatments or plastic surgery. The last thing Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa practitioners want is a patient that never returns for re-treatment because of real or perceived pain. Ask before treatment what types of pain management are available and don’t be shy about requesting a pain-free experience. Your pain is not their gain either.
copyright 2015 Jill Darrah for Changes Plastic Surgery