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What anesthesia is used for rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a popular procedure for men and women because it has the potential to dramatically improve your entire face. If you have a crooked, humped, wide, or bulbous nose, or simply don’t like what nature gave you, there’s a good chance it can be corrected with rhinoplasty.

Because Dr. Siegel specializes in facial plastic surgery and is well-known for his expertise in rhinoplasty, he talks with patients every day about this procedure. One of the most common questions he gets asked is, what kind of anesthesia is used for rhinoplasty?

Local Anesthesia Options

Depending on your individual procedure, local anesthesia may be an option for your procedure. This is usually a good choice if your surgery will be fairly simple and isn’t predicted to take a long time. But, local anesthesia should be paired with twilight sedation to help you sleep through the procedure so you’re not aware of what’s going on. Most surgeons will insist upon a sedation with your local anesthesia because it makes for a more relaxing and enjoyable experience for you. With twilight sedation, however, there is a chance you could have partial awakenings throughout the surgery.

The advantage to using local anesthesia with sedation is you will have a quicker recovery, and it works well for people who tend to have side effects such as nausea from general anesthesia.

General Anesthesia

Many people assume general anesthesia isn’t a desirable choice, but this is not the case. Today’s anesthesia is extremely safe, and most people recover from it easily without significant side effects. General anesthesia allows you to be completely asleep throughout the procedure with no memory of what happened. It also protects you from getting blood or drainage down your throat because you’ll be breathing through intubation (a tube).

Many people are pleasantly surprised to discover that general anesthesia was a great experience. But if you’ve had problems with general anesthesia in the past, be sure to discuss this with your surgeon.

Making the Decision

You and your surgeon should discuss anesthesia options at the surgical consultation. This is not a decision you should make on your own. An experienced plastic surgeon will be able to tell you which option he or she recommends for you, and why. But, he or she should also take into account your wishes and comfort level, and what type of surgery you need.

Your nose is perhaps the most important feature on your face. Don’t trust it to just anyone. When you choose a skilled, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Michel Siegel, you can be assured that your entire rhinoplasty experience will be the best it can be.

Ready to learn more about rhinoplasty and how Dr. Siegel can help you? Call our Houston office for a consultation today!


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May 1, 2020 Update:

Our office has reopened as of Monday, April 27th and we are following the recommended guidelines for maximum safety.

  • To make this transition as safe as possible, and to comply with physical distancing, we will be limiting the number of people in the waiting room to only one person.
  • To prevent having multiple people in the waiting room, we will space out appointments.
  • To minimize personal contact please be punctual for your appointment.
  • Please be on time for your appointment. If you are early, please wait in your car. If you are running late please call the office at 832-900-4818, so we can make proper arrangements.
  • For new patients, please fill out all your new intake forms at home. We will send you a link for registration when you make an appointment.
  • Patients must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when in the waiting room or walking back to the exam room.
  • If you are wearing gloves, please remove them when you arrive, we will provide you with hand sanitizer.

Please contact our office with any questions you have!

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