The nose is a very prominent feature of the face, so adjusting the shape of it can often enhance your appearance. That’s the reason why Rhinoplasty (also known as a nose job) has become a much sought after cosmetic procedure within the last decade. Rhinoplasty has traditionally been performed under general anesthesia, but nowadays it is not uncommon for surgeons to do the operation with local anesthesia.
Rhinoplasty has existed for many years, but modern rhinoplasty is much less invasive, and there is only minimal discomfort associated with the procedure. Rhinoplasty involves the sculpting or reshaping of the nose. This may be done for purely cosmetic reasons to correct perceived shortcomings. A nose job may also be required to correct deformities, or to reconstruct the nose after an injury.
Rhinoplasty – Anesthesia Options
Although rhinoplasty is usually done under general anesthesia, it can also be performed with IV sedation or local anesthesia. Due to the complex nature of rhinoplasty, general anesthesia is usually the first choice, but there are some types of rhinoplasty that can be done with local anesthesia.
During your initial consultation the surgeon will determine which anesthetic approach is best for you. At the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, they also offer rhinoplasty with local anesthesia. When the operation is performed under local anesthesia it can be completed in a shorter time. In addition, recovery time is minimal, so regular activities can be resumed quickly.
Some patients often consider local anesthesia, because they have concerns about the risks associated with general anesthesia. Patients have to be in good overall health to be considered for rhinoplasty with local anesthesia. It is not recommended for individuals that are obese, or those with health conditions such as high blood pressure.