General anesthesia is used to anesthetize patients for painful surgical procedures. During the operation, you won’t feel any pain and will be under the watchful eye of an anesthesiologist. General anesthesia is administered by the anesthesiologist either injecting drugs into your veins or having you inhale gas (via tube) – or both. After respiratory support is provided, the surgery can begin.
Where Are The Surgeries Involving General Anesthesia Performed? Is It Safe?
Surgeries involving general anesthesia are performed at any full-fledged hospital authorized by the Ministry of Health (in Turkey).
And yes, general anesthesia is both safe and successful – thanks to the existing drugs and technology!
Which Plastic Surgeries Feature General Anesthesia?
- Mammoplasty for women (breast reduction, augmentation, lifting)
- Gynecomasty for men (female breast augmentation)
- Gluteoplasty (bbl, butt implants)
- Body shaping via liposuction
- Postbariatric surgery (abdomen, thigh, arm, 360 total body lift)
- Face lift
- Genital aesthetics (women and men)
- Otoplasty (for children aged between 6 and 13)
- Almond eye aesthetics
- Brow lift
- Genioplasty (implant, shaping)
What Do I Need To Keep In Mind Before General Anesthesia? How Should I Come To The Hospital?
First, Dr. Ozsular will have you go for several tests and analyses a few days before the surgery. He may tell you to temporarily stop using certain medications – in which case you should do so as stated by him. If you actively take aspirin or any form of anticoagulant, tell your doctor and continue only if he tells you to do so.
Routine prep work for the anesthesia is done 1 – 2 days before the scheduled date of your surgery.
You are allowed to eat as well as drink water until 00:00 (12 AM) the night before your surgery. You will need to fast (including no water) for at least six hours prior to the procedure. (If you forget to do so, your surgery may be postponed or canceled.)
Don’t forget to take warm shower before you sleep the night before the surgery, and don’t put on make-up or hair gel.
Don’t wear nail polish or enamel or fashion nails.
Don’t wear wigs. Don’t wear any jewelry (including piercings) – your body should be free of metal.
Also, don’t forget to put together an overnight bag – including loose clothes (preferably with zippers/buttons), shoes, etc. – before you come in for surgery.
The Procedure Day
When you arrive at the hospital an hour before the operation, you will be taken to your room to rest until your surgery. Dr. Ozsular and his assistant will come and visit you.
You’ll be taken to the operation room when it’s time for surgery, and wake up with a brand new nose, breasts, or even body.
You will be placed into a corset (if necessary) and bandaged whilst asleep. You may feel dizzy and drowsy for the first few hours after you wake up – this is normal and temporary. Some patients report experiencing slight nausea.
About 4 to 6 hours after surgery, you’ll be able to start eating by drinking a light soup.
You don’t feel any pain when you wake up because you’ll be under the effect of analgesics.
After the operation, Dr. Ozsular will visit you, and inform you about how your surgery went.
Please take all of Dr. Ozsular’s orders after surgery seriously.
Are General Anesthesia And Being Asleep The Same Thing?
No. Whilst they both resemble one another, they are not the same thing. When asleep, all it takes is a strong stimulant to wake you up. When you’re under general anesthesia, only your anesthesiologist can wake you up upon doctor’s orders.
Does General Anesthesia Come With Risks?
Nothing in medicine doesn’t come without risks! Mind you, the same applies to life too – driving a car, crossing the street, and even sitting at home all come with their own risks, too. But none of the above stops us from living and enjoying life. Anesthesia is no different!
General anesthesia is widely used in all branches of surgery, not just plastic. Existing anesthetic drugs and developing technology – not to mention a doctor’s meticulous hands – allow millions of patients around the world to get safely anesthetized and re-awakened every day.