Anesthesia 101


Many people considering cosmetic surgery have concerns about anesthesia, which is understandable. However, learning more about anesthesia and how it works is a great way to put your mind at ease.

Local anesthesia is administered to a specific area of the body, while the patient remains awake. Despite being completely conscious, the procedure area is numb, so the patient cannot feel anything. Thanks to advancements in monitoring technology used by board-certified anesthesiologists, there is little to no risk for most patients. One common reaction from the use of lidocaine and epinephrine can be palpitations, which are normal and temporary when epinephrine enters the body. Allergic reactions sometimes occur, but these are rare.

For longer, more invasive procedures, general anesthesia puts patients into a comfortable, deep sleep. In some cases, this may be considered safer because an anesthesiologist has more control over your airways and can administer more medication to keep you comfortable.

Before undergoing either type of anesthesia, patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or  who have known medical issues, should consult with their primary care physician.

Your anesthesia experience
Shortly after you arrive on the day of your procedure, you will meet with both Dr. Lawton and your board-certified anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist will accompany Dr. Lawton for the duration of the procedure, continually monitoring your status to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Still have questions or concerns? That’s OK — it’s a good idea to write down your questions so we can address them either during your consultation or with the anesthesiologist on surgery day. Of course, you’re also welcome to call our office anytime to talk about anesthesia or your procedure.


Dr. Tenley Lawton, M.D.


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