Lexington Plastic Surgeons is Using Ketamine as a Safe Alternative to General Anesthesia

Aug 27, 2021

Lexington Plastic Surgeons is using Ketamine as an alternative to anesthesia for breast augmentation, facial and body surgeries to dramatically lessen recovery and healing time. It also does not have an effect on breathing or heart function during surgery, which adds to the benefits of using this method. Traditional anesthesia can sometimes be a source of concern for our patients as they do not love the idea of being put into a sleep state. With this method, they are not asleep but rather in an altered state of mind. This method continues to increase in popularity due to its many benefits.

General Anesthesia puts the body to sleep and constrains natural breathing, while Ketamine puts the body into complete relax without breathing restrictions. Using Ketamine as a replacement for anesthesia reduces the body’s healing time as it does not have to recover from a tracheal tube (used for breathing) and the overall grogginess and disconnect associated with general anesthesia. Ketamine does not impose restrictions on respiratory reflexes so one can breathe regularly without assistance.  

It is called the “Woke” drug because you are reaching an altered state of consciousness. It reacts within the brain’s chemical system to disrupt the neurotransmitters – which usually send the message of pain to and from the body’s central nervous system. The body is awake and responding in a relaxed altered state of consciousness without the recognition of pain. 

This system of pain relief is especially effective when surgery involves sitting the patient up to assess symmetry and proportion. If you’ve been resistant to surgery because of general anesthesia, this could be a great solution for you. As with any surgery, your vital signs are monitored while you receive ketamine to ensure your safety at all times.

Like all decisions about healthcare, you should speak directly with your doctor before using any prescription drug. Ketamine is not recommended for patients who are allergic to it or those who have heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, alcoholism and more. Please tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

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