Will I Have to Go Under Anesthesia For Rhinoplasty Surgery?

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Rhinoplasty surgery can improve your appearance if you believe your nose is too large, disproportionate, or crooked in some way. This procedure is also effective if you have breathing problems due to a deviated septum or previous facial trauma. But is it necessary to undergo general anesthesia to reap the benefits of a nose job?

In most cases, yes. General anesthesia can be a scary prospect for some, but it is often necessary to ensure the safety and success of your rhinoplasty. In this blog post, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Ann M. Klausner will explore your options for rhinoplasty surgery and how we make the process more comfortable.

Call Lee Ann M. Klausner, MD, PLLC to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation today. Our office serves patients in Manhattan on the Eastern side of Central Park. We also serve the areas of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Westchester, NY, and Greenwich, CT.

What happens during rhinoplasty?

There are a few options to consider when it comes to rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Klausner will choose special techniques based on your treatment goals and desired results. Some patients want to address noticeable humps and or depressions, while others have nasal asymmetry that causes problems breathing. Either way, a nose job generally involves adding or removing cartilage and bone to make the necessary changes.

Do I need to undergo general anesthesia?

General anesthesia involves the use of medications to put patients in a sleep-like state. Because they are unconscious, patients don't feel any pain or physical discomfort during the procedure. Most facial plastic surgeries are performed while the patient is under general anesthesia because of the delicate and sometimes invasive nature of the surgery.

If you have concerns about general anesthesia or other forms of sedation, feel free to ask Dr. Klausner during your initial assessment in Manhattan. Call if you live in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, or Westchester, NY, or Greenwich, CT.

What do I need to know before undergoing general anesthesia?

Dr. Klausner can review any specific guidelines or instructions about general anesthesia prior to your procedure. But there are a few general elements to keep in mind.

First, be sure to tell us about any medical conditions that impact your current health. We may ask about previous problems with anesthesia as well as any allergies that could interfere with surgery. Be sure to mention all medications you take. All of this information can help us ensure your safety and prepare for potential complications.

What should I expect after rhinoplasty surgery?

General anesthesia is safe, but side effects are possible. This includes mild but temporary nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, and headaches. All rhinoplasty patients at Lee Ann M. Klausner, MD, PLLC must be driven home by a friend or family member because these side effects interfere with your ability to drive. You should also restrict physical and social activities for a short period while you recover from facial plastic surgery.

Do you have questions about facial plastic surgery?

Don't let cosmetic or functional issues with your nose prevent you from living your best life. Dr. Lee Ann M. Klausner is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is skilled in rhinoplasty surgery and can help you feel your best with a nose job.

If you live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, or Westchester, NY, or Greenwich, CT, call to set up your appointment at Lee Ann M. Klausner, MD, PLLC. Rest assured, our team is highly experienced in administering general anesthesia and offers safe, personalized care to each patient.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.