Undergoing General Anesthesia

Close-up – the doctor gives anesthesia to the patient before surgery or beauty procedure. Modern medical technology concept. Focus on the mask.

If you are undergoing a cosmetic procedure, it’s possible that you will be put under general anesthesia. If you are looking to get a facelift in Glenview with our premier eyelid and facial plastic surgeon, learn about our anesthesia process and if your procedure provides it. 


It’s normal to be a little nervous before receiving general anesthesia, but it’s important to know that it’s widely used to perform painless operations. Before surgery, make sure you’re honest with your doctor about your previous health history to ensure the procedure goes as planned. Your doctor will instruct you not to eat or drink for a specific amount of time leading up to the surgery. Once the IV is in place, it should only take a few seconds for you to fall asleep. Your doctor may have you count down to distract yourself from your anxieties. 


Anesthesia affects your body in a few different ways during the surgery. First, it makes your body unconscious, similar to a night of deep sleep. The anesthesia also makes your body unable to move or feel pain. Lastly, most people won’t remember anything during the surgery due to the amnesia effects of the drug. The anesthesiologist will ensure that you remain asleep throughout the entire operation. 


When you wake up from the procedure, you will probably feel groggy and a little confused. It’s normal to experience a few symptoms including feeling loopy, having slurred speech, or feeling sleepy and nauseous. It usually takes about 45 minutes to fully recover from anesthesia symptoms depending on the medicine you are prescribed. 

If you are ready to improve your looks, contact us today to request a free consultation. Dr. Adam J. Cohen always has your best interests in mind and is ready to help you look your best. Set up your facelift consultation in Glenview and start feeling more confident today!

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