Hi my name is Doctor Paul Nasiff and I'm answering rhinoplasty questions for this week on YouTube. And this question came to us, it says "I want to have a rhinoplasty, but I'm afraid of anesthesia, what are my options?

Well, first of all the question is why are you afraid of anesthesia? I mean, the thing is if you have a board certified excellent anesthesiologist and you have a full medical clearance, and if you're older have a cardiac clearance, and everything is clear the chance of something adverse happening to you is very, very low. Maybe you could have some nausea and feeling a little bit dizzy possibly, but in general we can have a very safe anesthesia, because general anesthesia which has a breathing tube in you that we breath for you through a machine, through an anesthesia machine. There's IV sedation where you can be breathing on your own, but you're sleeping, and then there's local. Local means there's no anesthesia at all, but just shots in the nose, and sometimes I'll do that too.

But in general those are your three options, and I will tell you that you know, if it's a small little thing, local anesthesia is fine, but if it's pretty much major full rhinoplasty, I really would recommend either great IV sedation, or general anesthesia. I hope that answers your question.

Anesthesia Options For a Rhinoplasty Procedure

Dr. Paul Nassif explains that a rhinoplasty procedure can be performed with local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your overall health and the surgeon performing the operation.