If you have ever been curious about cosmetic surgery and what happens during different procedures, then the best thing to do is have a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in the kind of procedure you want. This is because things can vary a lot depending on the options you choose in terms of your procedure, as well as the requirements for the procedure itself. Surgery performed under general anesthesia, such as rhinoplasty or a tummy tuck, will be different to that performed under local anesthetic, or even procedures with no anesthetic requirement at all like Botox.
However, if you are considering something where you will be put under general anesthetic, which normally accounts for all of the more ‘major’ changes and enhancements, including breast implants and facelifts, then there isn’t much difference in terms of the people required to make your surgery go smoothly between this and any other non-elective surgery.
Here are some of the people who may be involved in giving you your new look:
Obviously, you can’t have surgery without a surgeon. This will be the most senior person in the room, who will be managing the procedure and the other staff members, as well as performing the details of your procedure. For some procedures, there may be more than one surgeon, and sometimes more junior surgeons observe surgeries and provide some assistance as part of their training.
An anesthetist will be required to put you under and ensure your anesthetic is working effectively. Anesthesia is often the most dangerous aspect of a surgery, and so this is done by dedicated anesthesia experts rather than being another role of the surgeon or other doctors. The anesthetist will need to establish the correct dosage for you and the length of your surgery, and administer it. This is usually done through your hand.
A surgical technician is someone who prepares the room and tools for surgery, and will also take care of draping you according to the surgeon’s needs. They do quite a lot of important things during your surgery too, for instance, monitoring your vital signs. The surgical technician also cleans and (where necessary) shaves the areas of your body where surgery is going to be performed and he or she may be the one who sews up the incisions made by the surgeon once your procedure is complete. Surgical technicians are effectively the unsung heroes of surgery rooms, and you can find out more about what they do at bestsurgicaltechschools.com.
For some surgeries, there may also be surgical nurses assisting the surgeon and working with the surgical technician. Nurses tend to be especially important for longer surgeries, and there are nursing specialisms for registered nurses who want to be involved in surgery.
As you can see, it can take a whole team of experts to make sure your procedure is carried out with minimal risk and that you are well cared for throughout!