Many people avoid going under the knife for plastic or cosmetic surgery because of the risks involved with general anesthesia. However, general anesthesia does offer a number of benefits to both the patient and the doctor.
A board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon has published a book that encourages patients and doctors to transition from general to local anesthesia, because general anesthesia can be so dangerous.
Dr. David Rahmi has published the book, Please Don’t Die Trying to Be Beautiful: A Surgeon’s Plea, exposing the risks of general anesthesia in cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, and also explains how many procedures can be completed successfully with only local anesthesia.
WebMD reports that certain medical conditions such as nervous system problems and poor circulation can increase the risk of complications from anesthesia. When an anesthetic is injected close to a nerve, or a bundle of nerves, some people may experience persistent numbness, weakness and pain in the treated area, as well as extensive nerve damage. Because general anesthesia suppresses the throat reflexes that prevent swallowing and coughing, surgeons must take extra steps to minimize the risk of aspiration – a situation when an object or liquid is inhaled into the respiratory tract. Other risks associated with general anesthesia include changes in blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
The book is currently available on Amazon.com, and is geared towards both consumers and doctors. The book covers a brief history of anesthesia, and also explains how different procedures such as tumescent liposuction, laser skin resurfacing, dermabrasion and the Tuliplift™ facelift can be performed under local anesthesia. He advises patients to book a consultation to learn as much as possible about the procedure, and to consider all of the pros and cons of undergoing plastic or cosmetic procedures with local anesthesia.