Making the decision to undergo plastic surgery can feel exciting and empowering. Patients are typically very optimistic and positive about their expected clinical outcomes and improved appearance.
At the same time, it’s also normal to be nervous about the process, even in the most capable of hands.
In fact, many patients are more afraid of being put under than the actual surgery itself and find themselves wondering–what does general anesthesia feel like?
The good news is that general anesthesia has an excellent safety profile, and most people have little to no memory of their actual surgery.
Here’s what it’s like to have general anesthesia.
How Does General Anesthesia Work?
On the day of your surgery, you will complete all preoperative requirements before your anesthesiologist begins administering medication through an injection or IV drip.
He or she may also ask you to count backwards from 100 to redirect your attention and calm any anxieties.
While under general anesthesia, you will be sedated, similar to a state of deep sleep.
The combination of medications also effectively immobilizes the body and eliminates pain and discomfort.
Additionally, general anesthesia produces amnesia, so you will not have any memory of the experience.
What Does General Anesthesia Feel Like?
When asked, “What does general anesthesia feel like?” many patients report that they don’t recollect anything from the point that the medication is administered until they wake up in the recovery room.
So, if you are concerned about the process, rest assured that it goes by in the blink of any eye and is much easier than you may be imagining.
As you “wake-up” from general anesthesia, you may experience a number of things. Some individuals feel a lack of inhabitation, loopy, or groggy. Others have slurred speech and may be overly demonstrative.
All in all, it is a painless process and may even result in a few memorable or funny moments.
Is General Anesthesia Safe?
When performed by a board-certified anesthesiologist, general anesthesia is extremely safe, with a low rate of complication. This is especially true for cosmetic procedures.
In fact, the chance of a fatal complication is very small at just .01-.016%.
Throughout the procedure, your anesthesiologist will carefully monitor your oxygen levels, vitals, circulation, fluid loss, and consciousness to ensure that you remain stable, safe, and comfortable.
Learn More About Plastic Surgery and General Anesthesia
If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery and general anesthesia, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.