A new form of IV sedation known as minimally invasive anesthesia, or ‘Goldilocks’ anesthesia is suitable for all cosmetic surgery cases, providing the desired benefits of general anesthesia (GA) without the associated risks.
Guided by the patient’s brain activity, ‘Goldilocks’ anesthesia prevents the patient from experiencing the pain of the local anesthesia injection common to all cosmetic and dental surgery at the start of surgery. Because the patient is asleep, the BIS monitor helps the surgeon 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 sufficient discomfort to require powerful narcotics such as morphine.
Patients also typically awaken quickly from ‘Goldilocks’ anesthesia, without nausea. The lack of nausea or vomiting is important for all cosmetic surgery patients but especially so for tummy tuck and facelift patients.
[Source: PR Newswire]