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YoungVitalizer Anesthesia Options and Explanation

YoungVitalizer Anesthesia Options and Explanation by Bellevue | Seattle’s Dr. Philip Young: You might have some questions regarding what type of anesthesia you will be receiving during your YoungVitalizer Procedure. At our offices, or another center that we are affiliated with, we can do all levels and this will depend on the type of procedure and what your preferences you have.

Local Anesthesia Explained: Local anesthesia can be used for minor touch ups, or when the YoungVitalizer is used in a small location, in the setting a scar revision etc. Most of the time, however, we usually suggest intravenous (iv) sedation. Local anesthesia should be for someone that can tolerate needles and tolerate being more aware during the procedure. If you aren’t that type of person then you might need to do the first level of sedation where we would administer oral sedation with valium. One thing to remember is that if you do get some general systemic sedative, either orally or intravenously, you should have a caretaker to take care of you wherever you go. We usually suggest that you have a caretaker the first 24 hours after your YoungVitalizer Procedure. At our offices, because your safety is our priority, we make this a requirement. We can help you with this if you don’t have someone to take care of you after your procedure. You can call us at (425.990.3223) or email us to help you set this up.

Intravenous (IV) sedation: is usually done with many of our Young Vitalizer procedures. With IV sedation, you will be sedated but still somewhat aware to a minimal degree. With this second level of anesthesia, we use a combination of medications to achieve a comfortable state. You will likely not remember anything related to the procedure with the second level of anesthesia. For deeper anesthesia, we have options for stronger agents that we can give in the setting of IV sedation. So there is a lot of variability with this second level of sedation.

IV Sedation with a Nurse Anesthetist or Anesthesiologist: If you would like to be sedated to an even deeper level where you will be much less aware, the next level to choose would be to have IV sedation with the assistance of a certified registered nurse anesthetist. We call this the third level of sedation. With their help, we are able to sedate you to a deeper level with the use of even stronger medications through your IV. But most of the procedures we do are effectively carried through our second level of sedation with our registered nurses.

General Anesthesia with an Anesthesiologist: Beyond this, you would need general anesthesia during which you will be totally under deep sedation. This is our fourth level of sedation and it is administered by an Anesthesiologist. During this type of anesthesia, because you are so sedated, you will need a breathing tube to support your breathing. This level of sedation is not as common as the first 3 choices. But we can set this up for you.

Review of Anesthesia Options: Again, to review all of the options, we have four different levels anesthesia. In general, each level will have progressively increased costs associated with them. Here is a quick review:

1. The first level of sedation consists of oral sedation;

2. The second level of sedation is through an IV with our nurse;

3. The third level of sedation is also through IV sedation but is administered by a certified registered nurse anesthetist who can make you more sedated so that you are essentially asleep;

4. The fourth level of sedation is through general anesthesia where you will need a breathing tube to assist your breathing. You will need an anesthesiologist to help you to carry out this deepest level of sedation.

This is a beginning of the discussion on what type of anesthesia will best fit you. During your consultation (Click here for The YoungVitalizer Consultation Process Page), you will have more opportunity to ask us more questions regarding this. We will help find the best choice to fit your personal needs. Based on our experience, where we do 3-6 major procedures a week or more, most of our clients seem to feel the most comfortable with the second choice. We also find that most people do much better with that option in terms of recovery and safety. Through IV sedation the presence of nausea seems to be less common of an occurrence. As a whole our clients appear to recover from their procedure faster with the second option as well. It is also much less expensive for people with the second choice of anesthesia compared to the 3rd and 4th choice.

Click Here to Learn More About the YoungVitalizer. We have a video on this page that also introduces some of the basic concepts of the YoungVitalizer on New Day Northwest.