Learn more about our anesthesia options.
General anesthesia is most commonly used to put patients to sleep when undergoing more extensive surgical procedures. While general anesthesia is relatively safe, it can come with some hefty short and long-term side effects, which may keep some people from getting the surgeries they want or need. That’s why our Carlsbad, and San Diego, CA, cosmetic surgeon Dr. William Seare is proud to offer awake anesthesia cosmetic surgery.
What Is Awake Anesthesia?
We know that some people feel a little nervous about “going under,” especially for cosmetic surgery, so our team offers IV sedation, so your body doesn’t have to go through the stress of general anesthesia. IV sedation will ensure you feel relaxed and at ease throughout the procedure, and the treatment area will be thoroughly numbed with local anesthesia so you don’t feel any discomfort.
Some patients even fall asleep while under conscious sedation (you may not even remember any part of your procedure); however, your body doesn’t have to be “put to sleep”.
What Are the Benefits of Awake Anesthesia?
The most significant advantage of awake anesthesia is that your body doesn’t have to deal with the stressful effects of general anesthesia, which also means that you won’t have to worry about dealing with unpleasant side effects associated with general anesthesia. Choosing IV sedation with local anesthesia over general anesthesia may also speed up the recovery process by days or even weeks, depending on the extent of your surgery.
Finally, choosing awake anesthesia over general anesthesia also makes getting cosmetic surgery more affordable for individuals living in San Diego and Carlsbad, CA. We believe everyone should have the appearance they want, and by offering awake anesthesia, we make it possible for more people to afford the cosmetic procedures that will make them look and feel their best.
What Cosmetic Procedures Can Be Performed Under Awake Anesthesia?
Dr. Seare and his San Diego, CA, team pride themselves on making awake anesthesia a possibility for all cosmetic procedures they offer. This includes,
- Breast lift or breast fat transfer
- Breast augmentation or reduction
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
- “Mommy makeover”
- Mini facelift
- Rhinoplasty (“nose job”)
- Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)
- Facial fat transfer
If you have questions about the cosmetic procedures our San Diego, CA, surgeon Dr. Seare and the Clinique Sculpture team perform with awake anesthesia, schedule a consultation at our San Diego or Carlsbad, CA, clinic to learn more. Call (866) 972-8578 to set up an appointment.