Are you awake during rhinoplasty?

Are you awake during rhinoplasty?

In general, you are awake during a rhinoplasty surgery. Local anesthesia is a more gentle anesthetic that numbs the nose and helps you relax before the procedure. However, if you are undergoing a more complex rhinoplasty procedure, you will be put under general anesthesia for the procedure. In most cases, you will be awake throughout the procedure. If you are given local anesthesia, you will remain comfortable and relaxed.

Before undergoing rhinoplasty, you must be conscious and completely numb. The doctor will apply a local anesthetic to make sure you feel no pain during the operation. The procedure usually takes about an hour or two, though it can take longer if the procedure is more complicated. A numbing agent will be placed into your nostrils for you to avoid feeling pain. You should be completely asleep, but you should stay as calm and relaxed as possible.

Although the surgery will leave your nose a little swollen, you will be awake. Your body will be very alert. The surgeon will use a scalpel to remove any excess skin. The stitches will also be removed shortly after the surgery. Your recovery will take several weeks, but you should be up and walking around within two to three days. While you’re recovering, you can return to work and normal daily activities.

Depending on the complexity of your rhinoplasty, you may need to stay overnight in the hospital. You may have a sore throat the day after the procedure, but this is nothing to worry about. You will feel better every day and will look and feel like yourself in about a week. Be sure to take a week off of work after your rhinoplasty. You will be much more comfortable the next week and will be back to normal.

Before your rhinoplasty surgery, a breathing tube is inserted. This will control the flow of oxygen and help you sleep. During a rhinoplasty, your doctor will apply local anesthetic to your face and use a ventilator to help you feel comfortable. During the procedure, you will be awake but you will remain unconscious for the duration of the procedure. Your surgeon will probably give you an IV catheter, which will be used to administer anesthetics.

Your doctor will take pictures of your nose before and after the procedure. You can discuss the results of the surgery with your surgeon, and the photos will also help you decide on what you want. You may also choose a rhinoplasty if you want to balance your face. It will be a major transformation, but it will require a year of recovery. It is an effective surgery for people who are unhappy with their appearance.


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