Benefits of IV Sedation vs General Sedation
Denver, Lone Tree, and Aurora, CO
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A shapely and attractive bust line has been the hallmark of femininity in American society for hundreds of years. Many women with smaller breasts lack self confidence because they feel masculine and out of proportion with other curves of their body.
Breast augmentation has been available for more than 40 years in the United States. Breast augmentation is a dream come true for women who wish to alter and enhance the shape and volume of their natural breasts. Unfortunately many women opt not to move forward with breast surgery because they fear anesthesia. Many women are not educated on the types of anesthesia available and how safe and easy breast augmentation surgery has become.
Many women choose not to move forward with cosmetic surgery procedures because they believe that General Anesthetic is the only option. Quadruple Board Certified surgeon, Dr. David Broadway, performs breast augmentation surgery under Local Anesthesia with IV sedation, which is typically a safer and much easier approach. Choosing the right sedation is important, and the final decision is guided by Dr. David Broadway’s expertise, the type of procedure you are having and other unique factors.
Here are some general sedation guidelines:
Most minor plastic surgery is performed under local anesthesia. Usually a numbing medication, such as Lidocaine, is injected under your skin to quickly impair nerve function and numb tissues. While you may feel some pressure or tissue movement, feelings of pain are non-existent, and you will remember most everything. Dr. Broadway uses very thin needles and other techniques to minimize injection discomfort.
Local Anesthesia with Sedation
Most of Dr. Broadway’s plastic surgery procedures are performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation. Sedation “alters” your sense so that although you are not technically asleep, you won’t be aware or remember the procedure. This approach is very safe because you are breathing on your own without the use of a general anesthetic machine and tube. The time it takes you to become more aware is much quicker.
Sedation does take some time to wear off however, so patients receiving this type of anesthesia must be observed for a period of time following the procedure. You will need someone to drive you home once you are out of recovery.
General anesthesia is usually reserved for large procedures. General anesthesia does put you to sleep completely. You are under the care of a nurse anesthetist, whose job it is to mix several different medications you’ll receive through an intravenous line, and perhaps through breathing the medication in via a tube. While general anesthesia is appropriate for use in both outpatient and inpatient procedures, it may take time for the medication to wear off; in some cases, several days. Having someone you trust drive you home and perhaps stay with you for several days is advisable.
If you’re considering breast augmentation or other cosmetic procedures, take the time to evaluate the effectiveness, cost, and risks. Your consultation with Dr. Broadway is a great time to do so, helping you to reach the right decision for your unique needs, based on Dr. Broadway’s highly skilled judgment developed through years of extensive, specialized training and experience. When your evaluation is complete, you can move forward with scheduling your procedure, feeling completely confident in Dr. Broadway’s abilities to help you achieve your goals.
Please contact Dr. Broadway in Denver, Colorado today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Broadway and his staff will take the time to educate you on all of the different approaches so that any fear you having about anesthesia and surgery will diminish.