With many medical spa practices expanding their services to include aesthetic surgery procedures, it is important that both patients and doctors alike understand the effects of anesthesia. According to Dr. Barry Friedberg, a board-certified anesthesiologist, many patients wake up after surgery not quite the same person they were beforehand because of the overuse of anesthetic drugs, and risks include long-term dementia, memory loss, and even death. To help make undergoing anesthesia safer, Dr. Friedberg has formed the Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to educating the public about the risks associated with anesthesia. In particular, Dr.Friedberg urges patients to request that their anesthesiologists use a brain monitor during surgery, and if their particular anesthesiologist doesn’t use one, request someone else who does. “Without a brain monitor, anesthesiology is not an exact science, so most doctors figure it is better to give the patient more than they need in order to make sure they don’t wake up during the operation,” says Dr. Friedberg. “With a brain monitor, doctors would be able to use a more exact dosage, use less drugs, and be safer. Instead of using too much or too little, they’d use a dosage that is just right, hence my reference to Goldilocks with my foundation.” To find out more about the Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation, click here.