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What you need to know about having an anaesthetic

Patients having any cosmetic surgery procedure with MYA will be required to have a general anaesthetic.

June 6th, 2020 |Ask an Expert

What is Anaesthetic?

Anaesthetics are used during tests and surgical operations to numb certain parts of your body and induce sleep. They prevent the patient from feeling any pain and discomfort and allow a wide range of medical procedures to be carried out.

Patients will be required to have a general anaesthetic to undergo surgery. The anaesthetic puts the patient into a state of closely monitored unconsciousness before your surgery begins, so that the patient won't feel any pain or be aware of the procedure taking place. 

How does Anaesthetic work?

General Anaesthesia is a medical technique that has been used in hospitals for years. It works by stopping the nerve signals that keep you awake from reaching your brain, sending you into a state of induced sleep. After the anaesthetic has worn off, the nerve signals reach your brain as normal, and you wake up as consciousness returns.

A specialist anaesthetist administers your anaesthetic through a cannula often in your arm or hand. They will place an oxygen mask over your head and will then ask you to count backwards from 10 and before you know it you are asleep! It will feel like 5 mins has passed when you wake up in the recovery room with your new boobs or your new nose and you won't remember a thing.

If you are a little bit nervous on the day of surgery, mention it to your MYA nurse and your anaesthetist will reassure you beforehand. It's key to remember that people have anaesthetics every day and the people administering them are experts in their field and are very well trained, you just have to think of it as a really nice deep sleep!

MYA Anaesthetist, Dr Vaganov, answers patients most frequently asked questions about Anaesthetic part 1:

What are the side effects of Anaesthetic?

As with most medications, there is a possibility of side effects. Your medical history will already have been checked before you are approved for cosmetic surgery with MYA and on the day of your operation, your anaesthetist will come to meet you and talk you through the process and any side effects you may experience.

Everyone reacts differently to anaesthetic, most people experience no side effects at all and feel like they've just woken from a deep sleep, but some patients may experience a few symptoms at once. If you are someone who is often sick after an anaesthetic there are measures that can be put into place to reduce your side effects, like taking anti-sickness tablets beforehand.

Common side effects of anaesthetic:

  • Nausea

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Feeling faint

  • Shivery and cold

  • Difficulty passing urine

These feelings don’t last long but it’s a good idea to let a health professional know so they can monitor any side effects and treat them. Most patients wake up feeling thirsty and hungry, so once you have come round fully, your nurse bring you a cup of tea and a biscuit. Some patients are worried they’ll reveal all their secrets, but don't worry, whatever you say will remain confidential! 

MYA Anaesthetist, Dr Vaganov, answers patients most frequently asked questions about Anaesthetic part 2:

How safe is anaesthetic?

There are risks with any type of surgery, but MYA always conduct a general health assessment before any patient goes into surgery, to make sure they are fit to have an anaesthetic and to ensure there are no underlying health issues. If you’re concerned about the effects anaesthetic may have on you, why not read our Patient Stories, chat on the MYA Forum or call our team and we’ll do our best to put your mind at rest. Visit  for more information! 

Do I need a chaperone for my operation?

Yes, MYA insist that every patient has a chaperone accompany them when they leave the hospital. You will not be discharged from hospital without a chaperone there on the day. Undergoing anaesthetic can make you a little hazy and relaxed and having someone with you to support you when you leave the hospital, and to help you get settled and comfortable when you are home is important.

We also advise having someone keep an eye on you for the next 48hrs,  it is likely that you will feel uncomfortable and might have restricted movement, you will also feel very sleepy and you need someone to keep track on the medication you take. Taking it twice, or more can be a dangerous, so it’s important to have someone there who can monitor your progress and help keep you on the right track during those first few hours.

Watch our MYA Anaesthetist administers anaesthetic to a patient.

MYA Anaesthetist, Dr Vaganov, administering general anaesthetic to a rhinoplasty patient. WARNING If you are scared of needles or are a little squeamish this video might not be for you.

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