What type of anesthesia is used for rhinoplasty?

I'm pretty sure I'll need to have anesthesia for my rhinoplasty surgery but can I choose which type I get? I have a bit of a phobia of being anesthetized and, basically, dead to the world. What type of anesthesia is most commonly used for rhinoplasty OR is there only one type and that's it? Take it or leave sort of. Your input will be most appreciated.


F, 31, California

A general anesthetic with a breathing tube is the most typical method of anesthesia during rhinoplasty. The tube will protect your airway and the sedation agent will protect you from reacting to it (and the surgery itself!). Depending on the type of rhinoplasty you get, for my patients, I'd recommend general anesthesia - take it or leave it :)

I find that patients are typically most comfortable under general anesthesia (being completely asleep).  Some rhinoplasties can be done under twilight anesthesia but honestly a full general with complete control of the airway is safer.