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The Day of Your Surgery

Where Is the Surgery Performed?

The University of Chicago Medicine provides a private and discreet environment for those seeking surgery to enhance their body image. Surgery is performed on-site by faculty plastic surgeons to assure that you have access to safe and comprehensive care. Because we are an academic medical center, your surgeon may be assisted by plastic surgery residents undergoing training during the surgical procedure.

How Long Will I Stay in the Hospital?

The total time spent at the University of Chicago hospital will depend on the type of surgery and anesthesia you have. With some procedures, you will be able to return home on the same day of surgery. Other aesthetic surgery procedures require hospitalization for one or two days. You may also elect to remain in the hospital for a short time to recover from surgery. These options will be discussed during your pre-operative visit. Your surgeon will estimate the total operative and recovery times so that you may make arrangements for transportation following surgery. Regardless of the time spent in the hospital, you should arrange for an adult to take you home following your discharge and plan to have someone with you at home for at least the first 48 hours for your own safety and assistance.

If your surgery is performed as "outpatient" or "day surgery," and you are slow to recover from the anesthesia or do not have anyone to take you home following surgery, it may be safer and more convenient to stay in the hospital overnight to allow a full recovery. Remember, you will not be discharged home unless it is medically safe to do so.

What Type of Anesthesia Is Used?

Surgeon in surgery

General anesthesia and local anesthesia with sedation represent the two most common types of anesthesia used for aesthetic surgery procedures. General anesthesia involves the administration of an anesthetic gas by an anesthesiologist that puts you totally asleep during the surgical procedure. Local anesthesia with sedation involves the local injection of a numbing solution at the operative site while you are awake but sedated with tranquilizing medications. Many aesthetic surgery procedures are performed under local anesthesia with sedation to allow your surgeon additional latitude in adjusting skin tension and evaluating the effects of graft or suture placement. To many people who have not experienced local anesthesia with sedation, the thought of undergoing surgery while awake is somewhat disconcerting. In reality, this type of anesthesia is quite effective and relaxing, and results in shorter recovery times and less post-operative side effects from the anesthesia. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of anesthesia and these will be discussed with you prior to surgery.