Nitrous oxide in plastic surgery

Nitrous oxide in plastic surgery

Nitrous oxide in plastic surgery: According to statistics from the association Der German aesthetic plastic surgeons around 93,853 aesthetic plastic procedures were performed in 2021, which is around 12,337 procedures more than in 2020. One of the facts of the statistics is that women accounted for a significantly higher proportion of the procedures performed in 2021. In both 2020 and 2021, the proportion of minimally invasive surgeries in men and women will be higher than aesthetic plastic surgeries. 

Plastic surgery - what is it?

the plastic surgery deals with interventions on organs or tissue parts for aesthetic or functional reasons. It has various sub-areas, each specializing in a variety of interventions. These areas include aesthetic surgery and reconstructive surgery.  

The subdivision

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Aesthetic procedures include measures that are not medically justified, but are only carried out on the basis of the patient's wishes. The range of services in aesthetic surgery includes, for example, eyelid corrections and nose corrections. Breast augmentation and liposuction. 

Reconstructive Surgery: Reconstructive surgery deals with procedures that serve to restore tissue shape and function. These interventions are often caused by accidents and malformations. An example of this is tissue loss after tumor surgery. 

Burn Surgery: Deals with the intensive treatment of burns and scalds. Reconstructive surgery may also be used to treat injuries.

Increasing desire for visual changes

The annually growing desire for a visual change and the adaptation to one's own ideal is clearly noticeable. One of the reasons for this is the high level of social media use, even at a very young age. Celebrities and influencers on Instagram, TikTok and Co. post perfectly styled pictures and videos, convey a certain ideal of beauty and are role models for many.

But not only prominent role models on the net increase the desire for one's own perfectionism, the growing possibilities for aesthetic interventions also ensure that mistakes are increasingly being made in oneself and changes are considered. Be it a wrinkle, lips that are too narrow or even ears that stick out a little too far from the head. The options for optical changes are almost limitless.  

Nitrous oxide in aesthetic plastic surgery 

Nitrous oxide in aesthetic plastic surgery

Especially with the high number of minimally invasive procedures, the Nitrous oxide sedation are used and bring many advantages for both the practitioner and the patient.  

The high safety profile of nitrous oxide and its quick and gentle effect are particularly convincing. Laughing gas unfolds its effect within a few breaths and has an anxiolytic, calming and relaxing effect on the patient. A reduced pain sensation enables a comfortable procedure for the practitioner and patient. A combination of laughing gas and a local anesthetic is possible without hesitation. Since nitrous oxide is not metabolized and has no effect on breathing or circulation, the patient can leave the practice or clinic after the procedure and does not have to expect any side effects. 

The nitrous oxide is supplied using a custom-fit Baldus disposable double nose mask, which is available in five different scents. The patient has a direct influence on the nitrous oxide sedation and can help shape it according to his or her wishes.  

The dosage of nitrous oxide 

The optimal dosage of nitrous oxide is individual and varies from person to person. A reference value here can be your own body size. In order to achieve the optimal dosage for the patient, so-called titration is used with laughing gas. This means that a small amount of nitrous oxide is administered first and this amount is slowly increased until the patient is sedated to their own liking.

A major advantage of nitrous oxide compared to other sedation methods is that during the Sedation is continuously approachable and able to communicate, so that he can give the practitioner feedback on his own well-being. This in turn prevents side effects such as nausea and headaches, which can be caused by too much nitrous oxide. 

signs of success Sedation 

Signs of successful sedation

There are a variety of signs that give an indication of whether the patient has been successfully sedated. These signs include: 

  • A tingling in the fingers and toes 
  • tunnel vision
  • calm breathing 
  • Relaxed attitude 
  • Relaxed facial expression 
  • Reduced blinking reflex 
  • Quiet pulse (pulse oximeter make sure to invest!) 

In addition, the patient can be asked about his condition at any time, since constant communication during the Nitrous oxide sedation is possible. The therapist should always consult with the patient to inquire about their well-being in order to avoid an "overdose" of nitrous oxide and possible nausea. 

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