Patient Awake Surgery
This Advanced Surgical Strategy at Our Dover, Ohio, Practice Has Advantages
Patient-awake surgery at the Dover, Ohio-based Fine Arts Skin and Laser represents a leap forward inpatient care. General anesthetic has historically been the go-to choice for surgical patients, rendering them unconscious for the duration of their procedure, while local anesthetic was used for more minor procedures. Careful research and study have shown, however, that when applied properly, a local anesthetic can be both safe and effective for more significant cosmetic procedures.
The point of an anesthetic is to improve the surgical experience for patients by reducing sensation and allowing them to remain relaxed and comfortable. This reduces trauma to the patient and allows the surgeon to work without also having to deal with someone enduring a great deal of pain. Patient-awake surgery ensures the patient stays comfortable not only during the procedure but after since general anesthesia can cause a range of side effects that must be dealt with during recovery.
How Does Patient-Awake Surgery Work?
A general anesthetic is administered as a gas that patients breathe in combined with various drugs given through an IV, causing the patient to fall asleep. Patient-awake surgery is accomplished with a local anesthetic delivered directly into the area targeted for surgery.
With precisely placed injections of a solution that contains lidocaine, sensation in the surgical site can be reduced so that patients do not feel the incisions. Also known as tumescent anesthesia, this technique causes the tissue to become firmer and numb. At most, the sensation of pressure will register, but the procedure should remain comfortable.
What Are the Advantages of Patient-Awake Surgery?
While surgeries performed with the patient under general anesthesia have a long history and are considered safe, there are some risks to watch for. Patients who are unconscious throughout their surgery must be monitored for a variety of reasons, many of which are much less of a concern with patient-awake surgery.
Using only a local anesthetic dramatically reduces the risk of:
spiking and/or dropping blood-pressure
nerve compression injury
peripheral blood clots
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"Her lash lift and tint service was exceptional - Kirstyn was AMAZING. Her lash lift and tint service was exceptional and I can’t wait to go back. She made my first experience very enjoyable and welcoming for someone who was new to all of this. It was totally worth it!"- K. / RealSelf / Jun 29, 2021
"WHAT TO DO WITH HANGING FAT In 2020, my Bill lost 60 pounds. He was left with a flap of fat drooping over his belt. Exercise had no effect -- the extra skin continued to hang. Bill's forehead lines had grown deep. Looking for the perfect 17th anniversary gift for him, I surprised Bill with a Dr. Hartman consultation. The following week, Dr. Hartman performed a major tummy tuck with beaucoup liposuction on Bill, all done awake. Bill walked out after his tummy tuck procedure: his hanging flap of fat was gone and his abdomen was firm. On that same day, and also while awake, Dr. Hartman lifted Bill's brow, completely obliterating Bill's decades-worth of forehead wrinkles. Dr. Hartman performed these procedures with ease and skill. Despite that Dr. Hartman removed a ginormous chuck of belly fat, Bill had no pain during the surgeries and no pain at home. Bill looks 20 years younger. No one can tell he's had surgery. Friends peer closely at Bill, searching for that which is different about him: new haircut, hipper glasses? I can see them thinking: what is it? Bill looks fabulously youthful but no one can tell why. Dr. Hartman's surgery has greatly increased Bill's self-confidence and body image. Dr. Hartman and his staff made Bill's tummy tuck and brow lift surgery an easy and affordable procedure."- J.M. / Google / Jun 28, 2021
What Can Patient-Awake Surgery Be Used For?
Virtually any cosmetic surgery available at Fine Arts Skin & Laser can be performed as a patient-awake procedure, including facelift, brow lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation), and liposuction/living fat transfers. Patients can discuss their desired surgery with Dr. Hartman to discover whether patient-awake surgery is an option for them and learn what to expect.
A Final Word on Patient-Awake Surgery
Patient-awake surgery is a sophisticated technique that has many advantages but should be performed only by an experienced team led by a plastic surgeon with an excellent reputation, surgical skill, and a superb record. Dr. Hartman is a firm believer in the benefits of this type of surgery and has worked to fully understand the process from start to finish and beyond, all with a goal of making the entire experience as safe and comfortable for his patients as possible.