LITE™ Anesthesia — “LITE” is an acronym for “Local”, “Intravenous”, “Tumescent”, “Ease of Recovery”
Leading anesthesiologists like Barry Friedberg, M.D. share our professional opinion that most, if not all cosmetic surgery procedures, can be performed safely under local anesthesia with IV or intravenous sedation. Despite this fact, a large percentage of people undergoing cosmetic surgery are subjected to the risks of general anesthesia.
What Is General Anesthesia?
General anesthesia refers to a method of anesthesia where the person having surgery is temporarily paralyzed and placed on a respirator with a tube in their throat to allow them to breathe. In fact many complications such as aspiration (when an object or liquid is inhaled into the respiratory tract), damage to teeth and lips, nausea and vomiting, malignant hyperthermia (a life-threatening reaction to anesthesia) and blood clots to lungs (also known as PE or pulmonary embolus) occur with some frequency. Even when general anesthesia is “uncomplicated”, 30% of people report having nausea and vomiting and need to recover longer because they feel “worn out”.
Dr. Amiya Prasad’s Commitment To Safety In Anesthesia And Quick Recovery
Throughout his early years of medical and surgical training, Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad developed methods to help people have as safe and pleasant an experience as possible during a cosmetic procedure. Many years ago, he demonstrated his ability to perform delicate eyelid surgery also known as blepharoplasty under local anesthesia on television news programs. He followed this achievement with performing brow lift and facelift surgery under local anesthesia. His patients recovered quickly and typically went back to work in less than 1 week.
LITE™ Anesthesia For Cosmetic Surgery
Based on the work of innovators such as Jeffrey Klein, M.D. (inventor of tumescent anesthesia for safe liposuction) and Barry Friedberg, M.D. (inventor of PK anesthesia), Dr. Prasad modified his local anesthesia techniques and created LITE™ anesthesia. LITE™ anesthesia is an acronym for Local, Intravenous, Tumescent/Twilight with Ease of recovery.
Safe sedation using a brain monitor (BIS) monitor and Dr. Friedberg’s PK anesthesia techniques have been the cornerstone to LITE™ anesthesia. Sedation or “twilight” anesthesia helps people who come to our practice recover quickly and often “not remember” the surgery.
LITE™ anesthesia is used in our practice for procedures such as:
- Brow lift
- Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
- Hair transplant
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Breast reduction
- Tummy tuck
- Cosmetic gynecology
How Do Patients Respond To LITE™ Anesthesia As Opposed To General Anesthesia?
Our patients tell us that when they wake up from LITE anesthesia, they feel wide awake and “refreshed”. They don’t remember anything about the procedure and they are able to focus on their surgery and how to care for themselves during the recovery phase. We believe that this type of anesthesia allows for shorter downtime and a prompt return to normal life. Also, most of our patients highly appreciate the lower risk with the LITE anesthesia as opposed to general anesthesia, and often it is this advantage that makes them comfortable with proceeding with cosmetic surgery in the first place.
Is LITE™ Anesthesia The Right Choice For Me?
This is a very personal decision for you, as it is with all of our clients. We believe that in today’s fast paced world, the shorter downtime, the faster recovery and the lower risks associated with LITE™ anesthesia make cosmetic surgery more accessible for many people who want to have cosmetic surgery. In our society of rapid technological advancements it is imperative to stay ahead of the curve. So pursuing aesthetic procedures to preserve your youth is much more common than it was about 20 years ago. If you are going to seek out a cosmetic surgeon who performs state of the art, natural youth-preserving procedures, then why not also make sure that the anesthesia that you have measures up to the same standards?