traditional general anesthesia is no longer necessary!
The technology and progress made in sedation has helped make
extensive cosmetic procedures possible without the side effects
of general anesthesia.
In the past, correction of the body contour involved lengthy,
severe, high-risk surgery. Such operation required a general
anesthesia and a stay in hospital - and a blood transfusion was
The long hospitalization and recovery period had repercussions
on the patient’s socio-professional activities.
Recovering after an intravenous
sedation is quicker!
Nowadays, with the discovery of intravenous sedation, tumescent
infiltration, and the use of more efficient painkillers, the
traditional general anesthesia is no longer necessary, loss of
blood is limited and consequently the recovery period is
Contrary to traditional narcosis, whereby a tube is brought into
the throat and connected to a breathing apparatus, you actually
breathe on your own.
While you sleep you breathe and swallow independently and feel
Technology, together with advances in sedation, makes extensive
cosmetic surgery possible without the side effects of general
anesthesia. During an operation under intravenous sedation, you
are asleep and you feel no pain.
A few hours after the surgery you feel fine and have been spared
the side effects of general anesthesia.
Intravenous sedation has made surgeries safer.
Combined procedures are less expensive in terms of hospital
costs as well as social and professional disruption. This makes
it, for instance, possible to have breast reduction surgery and
at the same time lipo-sculpture and facial rejuvenation.
Our plastic surgeons choose to use a group of Certified
Registered Anesthetists (CRA) for administering general
anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care.
A CRA is qualified, licensed and trained to administer general
anesthesia. The educational requirements to become a CRA are
extensive. Prior to applying for admission to a graduate program
in anesthesia, a candidate must have a five-year bachelor’s of
science degree, a current license as a registered nurse, and a
minimum of one year’s acute care nursing experience. The
master’s degree nurse anesthesia program itself is 24-36 months,
depending on university requirements. CRAs are board certified
and mandatory continuing education is required for
recertification every two years.
Our plastic surgeons have been working with a select group of
CRAs since the beginning of their practice. Every member of our
anesthetist team has 20 - 30 years of anesthesia experience, and
has specialized in “Outpatient Anesthesia” for a minimum of 20
years plus. Together, our plastic surgeons and the CRAs have
maintained a superior safety and patient care record.
We have found that the nursing background of CRAs has added a
higher quality of personal attention to surgery and recovery,
while maintaining the highest medical safety and care.
Anesthesiologists may be used with high risk patients that
require surgery at the hospital.
Another reason that our surgeon prefers CRAs is that they stay
with the patient throughout the surgery and until the patient is
discharged home from the recovery room. We feel that it is
important that the patient is monitored closely during the
period in the recovery room.