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July 13, 2022

Plastic Surgery Without Going Under

5 Cosmetic Surgeries That Don’t (Always) Require You To Go Under 

When thinking about plastic surgery, some patients become anxious about general anesthesia. That is ok! There’s a whole host of surgical options that use only local anesthesia, which can help you reach your goals without going under completely. We even offer a number of non-surgical solutions that skip the sedation conversation altogether!

Today, we’re looking at five surprising cosmetic surgery procedures we perform that do not involve going under general anesthesia.

Note for Readers: Local Anesthesia vs. General Anesthesia

Local anesthesia involves numbing a specific area of the body to be operated on. It is an effective countermeasure for any pain or discomfort, and is usually performed by injection. The use of a local anesthetic means you will be completely awake and comfortable during your procedure.

General anesthesia is the use of medication that puts the patient in a temporarily unconscious state — or, “going under” — before their operation. It is usually administered intravenously in an operating room, and it means you will not feel any pain during your procedure. Using a general anesthetic means you will be comfortably asleep during your procedure.

There are benefits to both kinds of anesthesia, but it’s best left up to your surgeon to decide which one is right for your procedure — your surgical team will discuss the options with you to help you figure out your best path forward.

Gynecomastia Surgery: Feel More Confident In Fitted Shirts  

Defined by excess glandular tissue in the male breast, gynecomastia can be quite uncomfortable for the men who suffer from it. Puffy nipples can hide all the hard work a person has put in the gym, and even prevent him from taking off his shirt at the beach. Gynecomastia surgery is a straightforward procedure that removes this extra tissue and leaves you with a flat chest. The downtime for gynecomastia surgery is short and it often only requires local anesthesia to achieve great results.

Labiaplasty: Improve Appearance & The Sexual Experience  

Sexual rejuvenation has become increasingly popular in recent years — and for good reason! The technology and techniques behind these procedures have drastically improved, giving our patients incredible outcomes with a breezy experience. Labiaplasty is one such minimally-invasive procedure that can improve the function and appearance of the female genitals without the need to go under. 

In fact, labiaplasty is only one in the collection of sexual wellness procedures we perform that don’t require going under! With the combined powers of the O-Shot and diVa laser, your most intimate areas can feel completely restored in one quick trip.

Dr. Sieffert Walking With A Patient In Office

Liposuction: Effectively Remove Fat From Problematic Areas

Now, we want to preface this one by saying that receiving liposuction awake isn’t a solution for everyone. However, if a candidate has a small area of fat they’re looking to address, some liposuction procedures can be performed under local anesthesia. This also means they could forgo the fasting period required for general anesthesia and have their procedure with only the necessary numbing.

Get Great Fat Reduction Results Without Surgery 

If a patient has a smaller amount of fat they’re looking to remove and are anxious about anesthesia, we will often point them to non-surgical, in-office treatments! The first is Kybella, a fat-dissolving injection that can help spot-treat & reduce fat under the chin and in the armpit areas. Another incredible option is CoolSculpting — a revolutionary “fat freezing” technique that can target the abdomen, flanks, thighs, upper arms, back, “bra bulge” areas, beneath the buttocks, and even under the chin. 

Nipple Reduction & Inverted Nipple Repair 

It isn’t just about appearance when it comes to nipple procedures. While some patients may be embarrassed about the size, shape or position of their nipples, these anomalies can also cause chronic chafing and other forms of unnecessary pain. We offer two different, general anesthesia-free options — inverted nipple surgery and nipple reduction — to help patients get the look they’ve always wanted and minimize daily discomfort. 

Blepharoplasty: Real Results Realized With An Upper Eyelid Lift

As we get older, the skin around our eyes ages with us. But as we at Donaldson Plastic Surgery like to say: getting older is a good thing! We want to help our patients see it that way. Our surgical experts offer an upper eyelid lift designed to remove the excess skin that causes that “tired” look, resulting in a more refreshed and youthful appearance. In some circumstances, blepharoplasty can actually improve eyesight, as well.

We Want You To Feel Confident Before Making Your Surgical Decision 

Your comfort is paramount to our team. If you don’t feel 100% confident about your path forward, we cannot expect you to feel 100% confident with your results!

Remember: it’s perfectly OK to be nervous about a surgical procedure. We can walk you through each step of the process to help bolster your understanding of any option you’re considering. If the idea of going under still feels daunting, we will work with you directly to create a non-surgical path forward that can help you reach your confidence goals. 

We invite you to get in touch with one of our experts if you have any questions about any of the procedures listed here, our safe anesthesia practices, or any of our other cosmetic offerings.

Jeffrey Donaldson, MD Author Bio

About The Author

With more than 20 years of experience under his belt, Jeffrey Donaldson, MD is a leading expert when it comes to surgical procedures that do not require general anesthesia. He is constantly on the lookout for new and innovative techniques that best help patients feel comfortable about their procedures and their long-term results.