Also, patients themselves are understandably often concerned about how much pain they might experience.
Patients are usually relieved to learn that all procedures are conducted under some type of anaesthesia.
Before undergoing surgery, it is important for the patients to understand various types of anaesthesia, their administration, and the effects. Some patients may feel uneasy about anaesthesia because they have heard about the dangers associated with it. While there are still some risks, advances in medical technologies have reduced such risks in recent years.
The type of anesthesia to be given can be based on the type of surgery or procedure to be performed, the age of the person, the general health, or any specific medical condition of the patient. Dr. Torgerson will go over all of the available options with the patient at the time of the consultation and also explain the risks and benefits in a pre-operative consent-signing appointment.
It may also be used if the patient is a child. It leads to a controlled unconsciousness and may require respiratory support.
General Anaesthesia could be given by gas or through Intravenous fluid. Since general anaesthesia does have some risks, the patient will be closely monitored throughout the procedure. General Anaesthesia is used for Facelifts, most Rhinoplasty surgeries, brow lifts, neck lifts, and chin implant surgery.
Patients are monitored regularly for heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, circulation, and ventilation in order to prevent complications. Dr. Torgerson’s team of Medical Professionals includes top qualified and experienced anaesthesiologists. All staff are registered with their respective Ontario Government regulatory bodies, and all of their qualifications are updated on a yearly basis.
Regional anaesthesia is given to numb or block the nerve impulses of a comparatively larger area in comparison to the local area. However, unlike general anaesthesia, it does not cause the patient to go to sleep.
Conscious Sedation is most commonly used for procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), where it is important for the patient to still be able to respond (i.e. move their eyes) but not feel any pain. There is an altered level of consciousness associated with this type of anesthesia due to the fact that most patients will not remember the time period in which the procedure was performed.
Local anaesthesia, as the name suggests, is given to numb a local or specific area to prevent pain during surgery. The patient remains awake and conscious under the effect of local anaesthesia and knows what is going on around them. This is a very safe form of anaesthesia and has very little risk associated with it. It can be administered through an injection, given in the form of spray, or applied as an ointment. This is more commonly used for non-surgical and non-invasive procedures such as laser treatments, Botox, and dermal filler injections.
Local anaesthesia is almost always used for simpler and more straightforward procedures.
The type of anesthesia used for your cosmetic surgery will depend on what procedure you are having done. Other factors such as age and any health conditions may also play a role in determining the best form of anaesthesia to use. This is something that Dr. Torgerson will discuss with you during your consultation and as you prepare for your procedure. Generally speaking, a local anaesthesia is used for all non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
If you require a general anaesthesia for a facial plastic surgery procedure, rest assured that your safety is our top priority at all times. We will do our best to explain every detail to you beforehand by giving you a Surgical Package that outlines what to expect in greater detail. You will also have the opportunity to discuss the details in person with Dr. Torgerson at your pre-operative appointment.
Following surgery, Dr. Torgerson provides all surgical patients with his personal contact information so they are able to contact him at any time should any questions arise.