How Worried Should I Be About Anaesthetic for my Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Rhinoplasty is something I have wanted for a long time but I am terrified of the complications of anaesthetic and it's making me wonder if I am doing the right thing. How can I stop this fear? I'm convinced I will not wake up.

Doctor Answers 9

Risks of Rhinoplasty

When in the hands of a skilled board certified surgeon and anesthesiologist you will have an excellent chance of a safe surgical procedure without complications.  Significant complications related to the anesthesia or surgical procedure would very unlikely.  Best Regards,

Jacque P. LeBeau, MD
LeBeau Clinic

Pensacola Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Anesthesia and rhinoplasty

With the care of a board certified anesthesiologist and an experienced surgeon performing your procedure, you should have nothing to worry about. Complications like you describe are extremely rare. I would recommend doing your homework and choosing a board certified surgeon with great credentials. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 47 reviews


Patient safety is the most important thing in elective surgery.  Please discuss this with your surgeon so that s/he can discuss the anesthetic options with you and allay your fears.  Depending on the severity of your fears, you may need to seek additional help to overcome the concern before proceeding with any surgical intervention.  Please consult with a board certified specialist who can assist you in achieving the results/safety you seek.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Anesthesia and rhinoplasty

Anesthesia is very safe these days, and rhinoplasty can be very painful and is best done when the patient is completely relaxed and under  anesthesia.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Anesthesia for a rhinoplasty procedure

 We recommend a light general anesthesia for the rhinoplasty procedure. We have  board certified physician anesthesiologists in attendance during the entire procedure.  We do not recommend rhinoplasty be performed under local anesthesia with sedation  due to patient's conscious awareness of the procedure, and because we do not want blood from the nose going down into the trachea and  lungs. Anesthesia today is  extremely safe when  performed on healthy patients under the direct supervision of a anesthesiologist.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Anesthesia and Rhinoplasty Surgery

A very light general anesthetic for rhinoplasty surgery is very safe, but...  There is always some risk even when you have a local anesthetic for dental work. Talk to your surgeon. a psychologist, or psychiatrist about your anxiety. I've had 2 patients like you over the past 35 years; I did not do their surgery until they resolved this psychological concern.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Anesthesia and Rhinoplasty

It is possible to perform a rhinoplasty using  local anesthesia,conscious sedation or general anesthesia. You should discuss the various options with your surgeon.


Jay M. Pensler, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Complications of Anesthetic in Rhinoplasty

   Serious anesthesia complications from a rhinoplasty in a young healthy individual are exceedingly rare.  Not waking up or serious complication would happen less than 1:100,000.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

Anesthesia for rhinoplasty

Ask your doctor who will be the provider and what exactly they will do.  A physician anesthesiologist who works frequently with the surgeon is what you want.  If you can't get beyond the fear, then don't do the surgery.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

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