Cosmetic Surgery -'Goldilocks' Anesthesia Is Not Mickey Mouse

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 General News J E 4
CORONA DEL MAR, Calif., Dec. 16 While all cosmetic surgerycan be performed under purely local anesthesia, most patients desire not tohear, feel or remember their surgery - a condition commonly associated withgeneral anesthesia (GA).


A new form of iv sedation, pioneered by anesthesiologist Dr. Barry L.Friedberg, is called minimally invasive or 'Goldilocks' anesthesia thatprovides the desired benefits of GA without the associated, avoidable risks.

Minimally invasive or 'Goldilocks' anesthesia is suitable for all cosmeticsurgery cases. All cosmetic cases are minimally invasive surgery because theytake place outside the body cavities. Therefore, 'Goldilocks' anesthesia isminimally invasive anesthesia for minimally invasive surgery.

Although GA has become safer today than it was 20 years ago, the inherentrisks of GA are simply not acceptable for elective cosmetic surgery patients.

'Goldilocks' anesthesia is safer and simpler with better recovery than GA.

Guided by the patient's brain activity, 'Goldilocks' anesthesia providesthe correct amount of medication that is neither too much nor too little.

At the start of surgery, 'Goldilocks' anesthesia prevents the patient fromexperiencing the pain of the local anesthesia injection common to all cosmeticand dental surgery. Because the patient is asleep, the BIS monitor helps thesurgeon know when to re-inject local anesthesia during surgery.

By eliminating both the before and during surgical sources of pain,'Goldilocks' anesthesia allows patients to wake up without sufficientdiscomfort to require powerful narcotics (or opioids), like morphine, Demerolor fentanyl.

Patients also typically awaken quickly from 'Goldilocks' anesthesia,feeling clear-headed, and not nauseated. The lack of nausea or vomiting isimportant for all cosmetic surgery patients but especially so for tummy tuckand facelift patients.

'Goldilocks' anesthesia contains a powerful antioxidant (propofol) whileGA is inflammatory. That difference explains why 'Goldilocks' anesthesiapatients look and feel better than those who have had GA.

Empowered patients know about 'Goldilocks' anesthesia and ask for it.

More information about minimally invasive or 'Goldilocks' anesthesia canbe found at a patient-oriented, non-commercial web site:

SOURCE Cosmetic Surgery Anesthesia


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