For your comfort and safety, plastic surgeons will use either general anesthesia or "twilight" anesthesia (intravenous sedation):
General Anesthesia: a breathing tube is inserted into the throat after the patient is asleep.
- Some prefer this technique because the tube protects the airway from blood and mucus
- The anesthetist has control of the airway and ventilation (breathing)
Intravenous Sedation: medications are given through an IV, while the patient breathes on their own
- Less invasive, because the patient is breathing on their own
- The anesthetist monitors to keep the patient completely asleep and unaware of surgery
In all instances, local anesthetic is also given so the area is numb when the patient awakens/