Advantages of IV sedation over General anesthesia for Cosmetic surgery

What are the advantages of IV sedation over general anesthesia? Dr. Todd Hobelmann is one of the Board Certified Anesthesiologists who works with Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez at CosmeticSurg in Baltimore. Dr. Hobelmann administers the anesthesia to Dr. Rodriguez’s surgical patients. Dr. Rodriguez is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who owns and operates a AAAASF accredited surgery center. Dr. Rodriguez prefers to perform  his cosmetic procedures under IV sedation.

Dr. Hobelmann is experienced with various types of anesthesia and explains why IV sedation is a better choice for most patients. According to Dr. Hobelmann there are two main differences between IV sedation and general anesthesia. With IV sedation:

  1. no endotrachael tube down your airway, which  means you are breathing on your own
  2. the medication administered in the IV results in less nausea than the meds which are used with general anesthesia

Watch the video to learn why Dr. Hobelmann thinks  his patients are very satisfied with the  choice  of IV sedation instead of general anesthesia.

Read more about why Dr. Rodriguez thinks IV anesthesia (twilight) is great for cosmetic surgery procedures.

By Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Cosmeticsurg Baltimore, Maryland Ricardo L. Rodriguez on American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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2 thoughts on “Advantages of IV sedation over General anesthesia for Cosmetic surgery”

  • Fran Bohannon says:

    I've been under general anesthesia three times for cosmetic surgery and 5 or six dental implants under conscience sedation in the last 2 yrs. I had sworn off any more surgery for a while because I have been experiencing extreme hair loss. I am currently talking with the surgeon about a neck lift under concsiece sedation. Is concsiece sedation easier on the body With respect to the hair loss issue. I really like IV sedation. If not any difference I may opt for not doing the neck lift.
    • Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez says:

      Fran: Conscious sedation is easier on the body. I do ALL my Plastic Surgery under sedation, but it is deeper than conscious sedations. In other words, you are breathing on your own but you don't feel or remember anything, unlike general anesthesia where your breathing is assisted. Intravenous sedation where the body is active enough to breathe on its own is a lot safer, and I have never heard a patient of mine complain about loss of hair.