Rhinoplasty surgery requires local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on how complex your surgery is and what your surgeon prefers. Discuss with your rhinoplasty surgeon before rhinoplasty surgery which type of anesthesia is most appropriate for you.
Local anesthesia with sedation, this type of anesthesia is usually used in an outpatient setting and it's limited to a specific area of your body. Your rhinoplasty surgeon injects a pain-numbing medication into your nasal tissues and sedates you with medication injected through an intravenous (IV) line. This makes you groggy but not fully asleep.
General anesthesia, you receive the drug (anesthetic) by inhaling it or through a small tube (IV line) placed in a vein in your hand, neck or chest. General anesthesia affects your entire body and causes you to be unconscious during surgery. General anesthesia requires a breathing tube.
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